walking trail at Cedar Creeks PreserveEach department within the Wood County Park District has a unique function. Working together, these departments provide safe, quality spaces and engaging activities for the citizens of Wood County while protecting natural and cultural resources.

Administration: (419) 353-1897

Christopher Smalley, Director

Andrew Kalmar, Assistant Director

Kristin Long, HR Manager & Office Manager

Diana Ziems, Administrative Assistant

Jamie Sands, Community & Communications Specialist

Kaitlyn Huber, Community & Communications Assistant

The administrative business offices are located at Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Contact us at (419) 353-1897, or email office @ wcparks.org

Park Police

Chief Thomson

Sergeant Shiffler

Detective Bateson

Officer Wagner

Officer Hoyos

Officer Foos


In addition to keeping the parks safe, the Park Officers conduct a variety of programs including fishing, women’s self defense, CPR certification, bicycle safety, hunting safety and boating safety.  Learn more on the Park Police page.

Stewardship: (419) 661-5113

Zebediah Albert, Stewardship Coordinator

Alexandria Helwig, Restoration Specialist

Justin Siler, Woodland Specialist

Sanja Jennings, Stewardship Specialist

The Stewardship Department is responsible for natural land management and habitat restoration in the parks, as well as, the native plant nursery and greenhouses where thousands of native plants are grown each year to propagate in the parks. In addition, the Stewardship department conducts a variety of conservation-based volunteer programs and maintains native plant gardens throughout the parks. The Stewardship shop is located at the J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve, 30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg.

Programs: (419) 661-1697

Jim Witter, Program Manager

Bill Hoefflin, Senior Naturalist

Craig Spicer, Program Naturalist

Emma Taylor, Program Naturalist


Anna Cotterman, Historic Farm Coordinator

Chris Dauer, Historic Agricultural Specialist

Abigail Duncan, Part-time Historic Farm Assistant

Emily West, Part-time Historic Farm Assistant

Brianna Appelfeller, Historic Farm Assistant

The Program Department creates and conducts public programming  in nature education and several recreational adventure programs. In addition, the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program is headed by the Program Department whose offices are at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg, as well as, The Carter Historic Farm, 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402


Rob Brian, Operations Manager

Ned Fairbanks, Maintenance Specialist

Ian Sood, Maintenance Specialist

Eli Eynon, Maintenance Specialist

Garik Swope, Facilities & Lawn Care Specialist

Trevor Solether, Facilities & Lawn Care Specialist

James Wilcox, Facilities & Lawn Care Specialist

The Operations Department keeps the parks clean and beautiful. Their many responsibilities include: conducting playground safety inspections, playground updates, restroom and rental facilities cleaning, grass mowing, vehicle maintenance and much more behind-the-scenes work. Operations’ offices are located at Park District Headquarters.


Thomas Belcher, Construction Manager

Dean Livingston, Construction Specialist

The construction Department is responsible for building and maintaining many capital improvement projects including the open-air shelters available for rent, playground installations, and building the archery range among other projects. Construction offices are located at Park District Headquarters.


Please note the following observed holidays in which the park business offices are closed:

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday in January)
Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
Memorial Day, Last Monday in May
Juneteenth, June 19
Independence Day. July 4
Labor Day, 1st Monday in September
Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October
Veteran’s Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November
Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day, December 25

  • Holidays in Sunday are observed the following Monday. Holidays on Saturday, are observed the preceding Friday.