What’There to do in Toledo? How about a Walk in the Park?

Dated: 05/03/2018

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If you’ve ever lived anywhere else but Toledo, you’ll realize right away that we have an awesome gem in our Metropark System! Currently there are 14 parks and soon with the expansion plans, there should be a Metropark with 5 miles of everyone! No two parks are the same but all have unique features that bid you to come and enjoy them as an individual, group or family.

In 2013, Toledo Area Metroparks developed a 20 year vision for the park system. Our parks are more than a place to picnic and walk the dog, they tell a story of the history of our region. They also add value to the quality of life in this area, attracting businesses and making the Toledo area an exceptional place to live.

In the late 1920s and 1930s, many people were put to work through the Civilian Conservation Corps to build shelter houses, restroom facilities, and create paths and trails. The first Metropark was Side Cut Park along the Maumee River. This was followed by acquiring land which became Providence Park, Oak Openings Preserve, Pearson, Bend View and Farnsworth parks. The 1940’s saw the addition of Secor Park and additional acreage to Oak Openings. Swan Creek Park was developed in the 1960s as was the 475-acres known as Wildwood Preserve (the old Stranahan estate - most visited park in the district.)

Fallen Timbers Monument and Battlefield now falls into the park district and the Anderson family has bequeathed 67-acres along Swan Creek to the park system. The Nona France Quarry is now Blue Creek Metropark. We have a new Middlegrounds Metropark downtown and the acquisition of more land including the 987 acres of Hines Farms creating the Oak Openings Corridor. Plus there are new parks like Wiregrass Lake, Westwinds and the Keil Farm property. Total parks exceed 12,000 acres in the Toledo area. Wow!

Nothing to do in Toledo? Take a Walk in the Park!

Visit https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/ for more information on activities, adventures and how you can get involved!

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Jo Lyman

I Do Your "Home Work" for You! . I love the Toledo and Northwest Ohio area. . I've always lived here, so I know the neighborhoods, growth patterns, housing developments, school systems and local con....

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