2021 Annual Report

Wood County Park District

18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402



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Map of park locations in Wood County and the populations they serve.

List of Parks:

1. Adam Philips Pond
2. Arrowwood Archery Range
3. Baldwin Woods Preserve
4. Beaver Creek Preserve
5. Black Swamp Preserve
6. Bradner Preserve
7. Carter Historic Farm
8. Cricket Frog Cove
9. Cedar Creeks Preserve
10. Otsego Park
11. Park Headquarters
12. J.C. Reuthinger Preserve
13. Rudolph Bike Park* Not Yet Open
14. Rudolph Savanna
15. Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve
16. Slippery Elm Trail
17. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve
18. William Henry Harrison Park
19. Wood County Museum

Parks & People

Parks serve Wood County.

Green circles on the map denote a 5-mile radius drawn around each Wood County Park District park and preserve.

Population estimates projection are based on 2010 census data.



Each year the Wood County Park District provides $100,000 in grant awards to Wood County
municipalities for local park improvements which enhance the lives of Wood County Citizens.

Grand Rapids 1,518.00 Playground Safety Surfacing
Northwood 2,067.00 Benches (3)
Bowling Green 2,864.00 Skate Park Half-Pipe Extension
Custar 2,895.00 Outdoor Grill, Picnic Tables (2), Trash Receptacle
Weston 3,001.00 Picnic Tables (4)
Bloomdale 3,276.00 Playground Equipment
Luckey 4,096.00 Playground Equipment
Perrysburg Township 4,205.00 Playground Safety Surfacing
Lake Township 4,375.00 Playground Equipment
North Baltimore 4,653.00 Trash Receptacles (10)
Walbridge 4,872.00 Benches (4)
Haskins 5,000.00 Playground Safety Surfacing
Bradner 5,244.00 Playground Safety Surfacing, ADA Swing
Wayne 5,360.00 Playground Equipment
Tontogany 5,832.00 Playground Safety Surfacing
Pemberville 6,919.00 Pickleball Courts
Bairdstown 9,808.00 Basketball goals (2), A-framed Shelter Houses (2)
Cygnet 10,000 ADA Concrete Sidewalks & Pads
Webster Township 14,015.00 Safety Surfacing, Containment Barrier and Sidewalk



Board of Park Commissioners

Sandy Wiechman, Chair

Kimberly Rose, Vice Chair

Tom Myers, Bill Cameron,

Dennis Parish, Past Chair


Park District Employees Serving Wood County

29 full-time employees, 4 part-time

Chris Smalley, Director

Kristin Long, HR & Office Manager

Steve Thomson, Park Police Chief

Steve True, Construction Manager

Rob Brian, Operations Manager

Eric Scott, Stewardship Coordinator

Jim Witter, Program Coordinator


New in 2021

New targets added to the Arrowwood Archery Range. New section opened at Baldwin Woods Preserve. Carter Historic Farm traditional life skills & Heritage Farm Fest event. Native Prairie work at Cedar Creeks Preserve. New playground at Otsego Park. Seeding and establishing

wetland at J.C. Reuthinger Preserve.

Ann B. Sawyer Interpretive Center Opened at the Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve. Bee Nursery and sensorygarden installation at W. W. Knight Nature Preserve with the Country Garden Club. New 10-acre addition seeded with native plants at William Henry Harrison. Masked Hero Geo­chase won 2nd place for 2021 Programs & Events from the Ohio Parks & recreation Association.

Public Programs: 267

Requested Programs: 214

Park Police responded to 1,106 Service Calls

Community Partners

The Wood County Park District has many valuable community partners including: The Friends of the Wood County Parks, The Wood County Museum, Wood County Historical Society, The Green Ribbon Initiative, Wild Ones, Safe

Communities of Wood County, Metroparks Toledo, Bowling Parks & Recreation Association, Red Squirrel Society, WCDPL, Way Library, Audubon Society, Monarch Watch, Ohio State University: 4-H, Ohio Certified Volunteer

Naturalists and Master Gardener programs, Visit BG Ohio, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Perrysburg Chamber of Commerce, TMACOG, Toledo Zoo Teens, Ohio Collaborative Community – Police Advisory Board,

Nature’s Nursery, Black Swamp Conservancy, Country Garden Club of Perrysburg, and many, many more.


Volunteers are essential to our accomplishments and offerings in CONSERVATION, EDUCATION,
RECREATION, and HERITAGE. Thank you, Volunteers! Get started: wcparks.org/volunteer



Employee Salaries 1,569,709.00
Contractor Services 321,501.00
Capital Improvements 274,032.00
Equipment 239,851.00
OPERS 228,466.00
Other 109,670.00
Supplies 105,514.00
Local Park Improvement Grants 100,130.00
Contracted Repairs 47,555.00
Signage, Marketing, Outreach 44,382.00
Materials 36,974.00
Rental 12,926.00





Park Levy $2,888,376
Homestead $311,083
Rental Fee $114,572
Farm Rental $9,363
Gifts & Donations $6,545
Receipts $5,607
Interest $5,374
Refunds, Sales, Fines $1,808



Wood County Park District

1,300 Pounds of produce grown and donated to food pantries

2 Apiary (bee stations)

1,060 Acres of Land protected

24 Miles of Trails

19 Parks & Preserves

3 Interpretive Nature Centers

10 Native Plant Gardens

2,084 Volunteer Hours

8 Fishing Spots

6 picnic shelters

5 Playgrounds

3 Wetlands Restored

10 Adventure Program types

8 stations at Arrowwood Archery Range

14.3 Miles of Bike Trails

4 Paddling Access Areas

Park Police responded to 1,106 Calls for Service


The mission of the Wood County Park District is to conserve, enhance, and protect the natural and cultural resources of Wood County, while providing quality outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for Wood County citizens.