Public Health Announcement

March 23, 2020

The Wood County Park District Parks and Preserves are Open

During the stay-at-home order issued by Governor DeWine, park access is considered essential services. All park properties are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Playgrounds are closed.









All Wood County Park District buildings are closed, with the exception of restrooms, which will remain open. Extra care in cleaning is being implemented by the Park District. Please look to the website and follow “What’s New,” for up-to-date park information. From the comfort of your home, you can check out the new video tour of the Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve available on the website and social media.

All facility rentals and public programs are cancelled through May 18, 2020. At that time, the situation will be further accessed. All refunds have been issued and will be sent by mail.

The administrative offices at Park District Headquarters are closed.

All community members are advised to follow public health guidelines. Social distancing, staying at home, and proper hand-washing are being advised. For disease and health information, please contact the Wood County Health Department, The Ohio Department of Health, and/or the Center for Disease Control.

Download and print Spring Nature Bingo for your next outdoor excursion. 

Check out this video tour of the Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve.

Looking for something fun to do?

Check out this Sheep Fact Sheet and Craft from the Carter Historic Farm. 



Sponsor the Rudolph Bike Park for wellness, community, and adventure.

With three pump tracks and one mountain bike skills course, there’s something for everyone. Be a part of this exciting community project.

Click here for a Rudolph Bike Park Sponsorship Package.




In a public survey of Wood County residents with over 2,000 respondents, 43.48% of people requested more bike trails & increased access, with 55% of those respondents requesting non-traditional biking opportunities. The Rudolph Bike Park directly meets community needs. The park will attract cyclists of all ages from all around the region, as it will be directly accessible from the 13.1-mile Slippery Elm Trail bike path. The Slippery Elm Trail has an average of 275 users per day. The Bike Park will have a picnic shelter, 3 pump tracks for all ages and skill levels, and a mountain bike skills loop. The parking lot is being paid for by the Wood County Park District. 100% of your donation will go toward creating this community wellness and adventure park. The park will be free and open to the public every day of the year from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Positive recognition for your sponsorship will be far-reaching and long-lasting.

Make check payable to the Friends of the Parks, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. Email jsands with sponsorship questions.

Commemorative Trail WW Knight Nature Preserve Wood County Park District

Commemorative Trail

Say it forever with an engraved brick at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve.

An 8 x 8 inch brick with 5 lines of text is $125. A 4 x 8 inch brick with 3 lines of text is $100. Order forms must be mailed or delivered to the Park District Headquarters located at 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Please make checks payable to the Friends of the Wood County Parks. This is a fundraiser and the proceeds go to the Friends of the Parks who support park amenities, activities and beautification.

Click here for a Brick Order Form. Engraved bricks will be laid into the trail on a quarterly basis.


image of the passport to the parks cover.

Passport to the Parks

  1. Pick up a passport from a park kiosk.
  2. Attend Programs for stamps
  3. Redeem your prizes for 10 (Campfire Mug) and 20 stamps (tee-shirt) at the Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road,  Bowling Green, OH 43402. Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Click here to print a passport.


Carter Historic Farm Wetland Restoration Project

The Wood County Park District and the Black Swamp Conservancy worked together to restore twenty acres of wetland and prairie at the Carter Historic Farm. Wetlands are important to our natural environment because they filter out pollutants in runoff from the farm fields before it reaches the Lake Erie watershed, provide habitat for wildlife, and create drought and flood resistant areas with the native plants used.

Sixteen acres have been converted to wetland and four acres restored to upland prairie with walking trails along the berms. This is an important conservation effort that yields, educational interpretation opportunities.


Sally and Lyle Loomis,  donated the Carter Historic Farm property. The wetland restoration was part of their wishes for the use of the donated land and specifically wished this restoration to take place.




Arrowwood Archery Range

Arrowwood Archery Range on Linwood Road in Bowling Green, Ohio is free and open to the public everyday from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past dusk. Select programming will occupy the space, so check the program listing for details.