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Toledo Metro Parks

Mission Statement

The mission of Metroparks Toledo is to conserve the region’s natural resources by creating, developing, improving, protecting, and promoting clean, safe, and natural parks and open spaces for the benefit, enjoyment, education, and general welfare of the public.

Vision Statement

Metroparks Toledo will be known nationally as one of the premiere park systems in the country, and it will be recognized as a centerpiece of our region’s appeal as a place to live, work, and visit.

A collection of special places.

Up to four million times a year, people choose to spend time in a Metropark. People recognize that parks are special places to gather, to exercise, recreate and learn about nature.

Metroparks protect our community’s natural resources by using public dollars responsibly to conserve, preserve and restore areas that provide remarkable environmental and economic value for all of northwest Ohio. Parks and open space benefit the community by helping clean the air and water, retain storm water, provide essential habitat for wildlife and enhance property values. Currently, Metroparks is building on one of the world’s great park systems with abundant beauty and biodiversity, boundless opportunities for outdoor adventure, a rich historic legacy and careful planning for the future.

Demonstrating a commitment to the future during trying times.

Although Metroparks began in the most trying of times, in some ways the timing couldn’t have been better. Much of the labor was a provision of the “New Deal,” specifically from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). In the early years, thousands of people were put to work building Metroparks at a point in history when Toledo was devastated by the Great Depression. For perspective, in 1930 the Merchants and Manufacturers Association estimated that there were as many as 18,000 Toledoans out of work. In the depths of the depression, Toledo industry suffered an unemployment rate of almost 80%.

The 1930s and The Great Depression were particularly difficult for Toledo and the region, but in hindsight, the work undertaken to build Metroparks helped save a city. The fruits of that era and of that heroic effort to create Metroparks have contributed to Lucas County’s health and prosperity for generations, and will continue to do so.

Connecting parks to parks. And parks to people.

Much of the access to nature Lucas County residents enjoy is provided through Metroparks. Of late, that access to our natural world has improved tremendously. Recently opened parks include Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Wiregrass Lake and Westwinds. New parks under development include Middlegrounds and Howard Marsh.

In addition to new Metroparks, an expanding network of regional trails is connecting parks to one another and to the communities they serve. There are over 120 trail miles within the park system, and Metroparks either manages or is a participating owner in a number of additional trails. Many of these trails connect a diverse collection of parks, preserves and open spaces—some of which are flat, heavily forested, located at water’s edge or agricultural or historical in nature.

We encourage you to come out, get connected and discover the breathtaking natural areas right outside your door.

Here for Everyone

Metroparks does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability or age in the delivery of services.

More than just a pretty place.

The scenic Metroparks where we go to play with our children, attend family reunions and walk our dogs are more than just pretty places—they are important parts of the story we tell about our region.

Residents and regular visitors are well aware of the benefits of the Metroparks. About half of Lucas County residents say they visit a Metropark at least once a month, and almost 70 percent say they visit four to 11 times per year. An estimated 4 million people passed through the gates of the Metroparks in 2015.

The park system also plays a vital role in how the Toledo area presents itself to the world. Our clean, green, safe and scenic parks are part of our region’s identity and quality of life.

Why are Metroparks important? Experts say parks are good for the health and vitality of a community and the environment; help attract residents and visitors; and play a role in attracting businesses to locate here.

More important, here’s what Lucas County residents had to say when asked in a survey.

  • 94 percent said the Metroparks improve the quality of life in our community
  • 90 percent said the park system contributes to the overall health of individuals
  • 87 percent said the parks contribute to water and air quality
  • 82 percent agreed that they help recruit and retain visitors, businesses and residents and are important to economic development
  • 82 percent also said that supporting Metroparks is an investment in property values

In addition to their value as places to gather, recreate and learn about nature, the Metroparks represent a public investment that pays returns in many other ways. Parks and open space benefit the community by helping to clean the air and water, retaining storm water, harboring wildlife and enhancing property values. Real estate brokers know that being near a park is often a priority for families looking to relocate.

“Parks make money,” said John Crompton, a Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University, and an internationally-known expert on the value of parks and open space, when he spoke at Wildwood Preserve.

Dr. Crompton explained that private golf communities allocate large amounts of land for open space because they can sell the surrounding residential lots at a premium. In the same way, he said, parks add value to the communities around them. Homes near a nature park can enjoy greater property values than the same home located elsewhere, he said.

He added that parks and open space are vital to recruiting and retaining talented workers and small businesses that have the flexibility to locate anywhere. “CEOs of small businesses want to locate where they want to live,” he said.

His advice to cities: amenities such as parks are as important as other factors, such as business costs, to an economic development plan. “It is key: Make it a nice place to live,” he said.

With the community’s support, making the region a nice place to live has been Metroparks of the Toledo Area’s priority for more than 80 years.

 

Eight Decades Of Growth

1928-1939

In 1930, The Toledo Metropolitan Board leased land along the former Maumee River side cut from the state of Ohio leading to the creation of Side Cut Metropark. During the quiet period that followed, land was acquired leading to five additional parks: Providence (with Side Cut, in 1930), Oak Openings Preserve (1931), Pearson (1934), Bend View (1935) and Farnsworth (1937). By 1939, Metroparks surpassed 1,000 acres of land with the acquisition of a 273-acre property at Oak Openings Preserve

The 1940s

Metroparks acquired additional acreage at Oak Openings Preserve, and in 1949 purchased 223 acres of land in Richfield Township to establish Secor Metropark. By 1949, with the addition of Secor, Metroparks landholding totaled 3,744 acres.

The 1950s

No new parks were established in the 1950s, but additional land acquisition at Oak Openings Preserve and Secor increased Metroparks landholdings to 4,345 acres by 1959.

The 1960s

Metroparks growth was focused primarily on land acquisition. In 1963 Metroparks established and later expanded Swan Creek Preserve in Toledo. Land acquisition for Swan Creek Preserve and the expansion of Oak Openings Preserve and Secor increased Metroparks landholdings to 4,925 acres by 1969.

The 1970s

Expansion continued throughout the decade with acreage increases at Oak Openings Preserve, Secor, Side Cut and Swan Creek Preserve. In 1971, the park district’s name was changed from Toledo Metropolitan Park District to Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area to reflect the district’s countywide focus. Perhaps the most notable event of the decade was the 1975 purchase of the 475-acre Stranahan Estate, leading to the creation of Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks most visited park, in Sylvania Township. By 1979, Metroparks landholdings had expanded to just over 6,000 acres.

The 1980s

No new parks were established in the 1980s. However, in addition to expansion at landholdings at Oak Openings Preserve, Side Cut, Providence, Farnsworth, Swan Creek Preserve and Bend View, in 1982 Metroparks took over management responsibilities of the Fallen Timbers Monument from the Ohio Historical Society. By 1989, expansion of existing parklands increased Metroparks total landholdings to 6,492 acres.

The 1990s

With the donation of the 67-acre Anderson property along Swan Creek on the western edge of the City of Toledo, and the expansion of parklands at Oak Openings Preserve, Bend View, Farnsworth, Swan Creek Preserve and Wildwood Preserve, Metroparks landholdings grow to 6,924 acres.

2000 to Present

From the year 2000 to present, a number of key acquisitions, partnerships and new management agreements have set the stage for a new era of Metroparks

2000 Purchase of Fallen Timbers Battlefield; purchase of former Toledo House of Corrections, which will become Blue Creek Metropark

2001 Purchase of 114 additional acres at Fallen Timbers Battlefield

2002 Expansion of multiple parks including a 303-acre northern expansion of Pearson

2003 Innitiated acquisition plan to establish the Oak Openings Corridor between Oak Openings Preserve and Secor

2004 Acquisition of the 215-acre Nona France Quarry as part of Blue Creek Metropark; donation of Virgina Belt property, Brookwood; expansion of Oak Openings Corridor and multiple parks

2005 Expansion of Oak Openings Corridor

2006 Acquisition of Middlegrounds; expansion of Oak Openings Corridor

2007 Acquisition of parkland near Reynolds Corners; expansion of Oak Openings Corridor and Fallen Timbers Battlefield

2008 Acquisition of 987-acre Howard Farms Property in eastern Lucas County; expansion of Oak Openings Corridor, Fallen Timbers Battlefield, and Blue Creek resulting in acreage exceeding 10,000 acres

2009 Expansion of Oak Openings Corridor, Secor and Providence

2010 Expansion of Oak Openings Corridor and Fallen Timbers Battlefield

2011 Acquisition of Chess Circle Trail with assistance from the Trust for Public Land and other agencies; expansion of Oak Openings Corridor and Side Cut. Acreage surpasses 11,000 acres

2012 Expansion of Oak Openings Greenway Corridor, Secor and Fallen Timbers Battlefield

2013 Expansion of Oak Openings Greenway Corridor and Swan Creek Preserve

2015 Opening of Wiregrass Lake, Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Westwinds Metroparks; final acquisition of Keil Farm property, bringing Metroparks land holdings at just over 12,000 acres.

THE COMMUNITY

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That's a wrap for walk-ins in 2020!

Counting the 54 cats we had come in this morning, we have performed 5,374 surgeries on outdoor cats this year! We are less than 400 cats short of our record number of community cats that we set last year, and (considering we closed our doors for 6 weeks during peak kitten season due to coronavirus) we are SUPER proud of this.

Additionally, we broke our daily walk-in record multiple times over the summer! At the start of 2020, the most cats we have ever had come in in one day for TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) was 54 cats. Our current record is now 93 cats!

We are so grateful for the amazing people in our community dedicating their time, energy, and resources towards giving these community cats a better life. None of these life-changing surgeries would have been possible with out you. Thank you! #spayandneuter #tnrsaveslives #humaneohio #toledome #youwilldobetterintoledo #go419 #thankful #weloveourcommunity
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There are plenty of wonderful ways to support local this season, and some great opportunities to get out and about safely as we inspire a vibrant Toledo! To learn more visit TheArtsCommission.org/ArtLoop, @toledocvb, and @toledodotcom.
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Established in 2017 the Merit Award Program recognizes outstanding individual local literary, performing and visual artists, selected by a panel of regional artists and cultural leaders. ⠀
Congratulations to the 2020 Merit Award winners!⠀
Dr. Joey S. Kim, Literary Arts ($2500 Award)⠀
Timothy Geiger- Literary Arts ($1000 Award)⠀
Michael Osborne- Visual Art ($1000 Award)⠀
Bradley Scherzer- Visual Art ($500 Award)⠀

The 2020 review panel includes Aaron Dworkin, a social entrepreneur, performing artist, philanthropist, and University of Michigan faculty member, Michelle Herman, a novelist, essayist, and Ohio State University faculty member, and Nadiah Rivera Fellah, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Thank you to our panel for their time and input!⠀

We'd also like to thank our sponsors and partners for making this program possible: ProMedica, Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.⠀

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It’s Friday! Do the happy dance 💃 with our Energy Bomb 💣 Happy Day. All Shook Up Nutrition is open weekdays 7am-4:30pm and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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Look at this gorgeous pupper!! She recently went on a DOTT Field Trip with her volunteer friend so she could enjoy the unseasonably nice weather we’ve been having. Here is what she had to say:

“This is little Jumping Bean. She is small and petite and I know how she got her name. Haha. She didn’t jump on me, but just bounced up and down beside me for a few minutes until she started walking perfectly on the leash. Nice car passenger, took treats nicely, and was friendly with people and dogs. She is lots of fun!”

We want all of our adoptable friends to spend the holiday season in a loving home whether it’s forever or just temporary until their forever family comes along. Want to help make that happen? Just visit our website, https://lucascountydogs.com/foster-program/, and fill out the online application. One of our clerks will then give you a call to set up a time to come down to the shelter. If your foster dog becomes a forever dog we will reduce our normal adoption fee to $15 plus a license! #adoptme #dogsonthetown #adoptable #DOTT #ToledoMe #explorethe419
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This is one of our B E S T sellers! get yourself one today 😋😋 you will be hooked!

Curbside. Takeout. FREE Delivery.

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Once in a while blow your own damn mind.

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On December 13th, 1985, Tammy Chambers joined the team at Bittersweet Farms. Since then, Tammy has served Bittersweet's mission in several roles, from direct support to animal care to human resources to her current role as our Quality of Life Specialist. 💚

Tammy has been a central part of our Farm family for 35 of our 37 years. She has "grown up" (in her words) alongside our participants, kept the early vision and history of Bittersweet ever before us, and mentored countless other team members over the years. 😍

Since tomorrow is her 35th work anniversary, would you join us in celebrating this milestone and thanking Tammy for her dedication to Bittersweet, our participants, and our mission? 🎊

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🎵🎶 I love you. I love you.
Three words that are divine.
And now, my dear, I’m waitin’ to hear
The words that will make you mine.🎶🎵

Our very own blue eyed crooner, Sinatra, is waiting for you to say those three little words to him “You are adopted” 💙

Nothing would make his heart happier then having a home for the holidays. Want to make Sinatra’s dream come true? Just visit our website, https://lucascountydogs.com/foster-program/, and fill out the online application. One of our clerks will then give you a call to set up a time to come down to the shelter. #adoptme #opttoadopt #adoptabull #lucascountydogs #lc4dogs #ToledoMe #toledocitydogs #franksinatra #olblueeyes #startastoryadopt #fosterme
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Happy Sunday! Did you “catch” little Minnow on 13abc this morning in his tiny bow tie?

Minnow is about 4-4.5 month old and is SUCH a cool cat! He was brought to us after having been found with a fish hook caught in his mouth. The hook was removed and fortunately caused no damage.

Minnow is a talker, and always has a lot to say! He gets along marvelously with all other cats, both big and small, and seems to tolerate dogs. He absolutely loves to play and is always the first to pounce on a toy or string. There are guaranteed laughs with Minnow in the house!

Today starts our Un-purr-ecedented Adoption Special, to help make things a little brighter during these unprecedented times.

Today through December 19th all cat and kitten adoption fees will only be $20.20 plus you'll get a free face mask! Each day of the special, we will be introducing you to a furry friend via Facebook live or a post for a virtual "adoption event".

These are uncertain times, but one thing is certain and that's that you will fall in love with one of our adoptable felines. To view all of our adoptables and fill out an adoption application check out humaneohio.org. Since most of our kitties are in foster homes, once you have filled out an application we will contact you for a meet and greet!

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Man oh man is the @redbirdartsdistrict in good ol' Downtown Sylvania, Ohio looking like a scene from a Hallmark movie right now?!!!!! We seriously cannot be anymore proud of @sylvaniachamber for putting this gorgeous scene all together!!!!!
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Holiday Pic 2019➡️2020

Last year we took chip to @tdbperrysburg for his first picture with Santa. He was over joyed with all the puppies in the store.

This whole year has been different. We may not be able to do the same things we have in the past but nothing beats a season of holiday cheer. The lights, the songs and of course the hot cocoa; which the hot cocoa bombs are awesome.

Even though things are different I hope you have still found glimmers of the holiday wonder. Comment below your favorite holiday tradition. 👇 #ToledoMe
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Let's take an "Elfie" 🎄 Are you team Elf On The Shelf?

Comment yes or no below!

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Check out the incredible view of One SeaGate from Promenade Park in @downtowntoledo!!!!! @promedicahealth, we see you!!!!!
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Whitehouse: We have been blown away by how this challenging year has unearthed new talents, interests, and passions in our participants. 💚 Robbie, who typically works in Horticulture when Day Program is open, recently created this gorgeous melted crayon art at home! 🖍 His DSP remarked, "we think we found a hidden talent," and Robbie's smile says even more than that...we think he discovered a newfound joy! 🥰⁠

P.S.- Interested in reading more stories about how our participants have learned and grown in unexpected ways this year? 😍 Check out our annual newsletter 👉 link in bio!⁠





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@detroit.rad has captured such a tremendous shot of @downtowntoledo and we couldn't be anymore proud of this gifted photographer!!!!! Great Work!!!!!
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Did you engage with Momentum virtual or discoverable activities this year? We'd love to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey– link in bio.

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Join us in congratulating The Arts Commission's staff members who received "20 Under 40" nominations this year: Lindsay Akens (Creative Placemaking Manager), Natalie Gray (Youth Services Manager), and Natalie Tranelli-Jacobs (Art Loop Manager). You can tune into the virtual recognition program tonight at 7PM! ⠀

#theartscommission #myvibranttoledo #ToledoMe #thisistoledo #toledoohio #destinationtoledo #inthe419 #youwilldobetterintoledo #artiswork #artsohio #artsadministration #artsadministrators #artsnonprofit #yaawtoledo #youthservices #artoutreach
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It's getting too cold to sit on the patio, but who wants to spend hours to plan, prep, and clean-up? With Super Suppers Take n' Bake Meals, eating at home as never been easier!

Order online and pick-up the same day or buy a bunch and we'll deliver them to you in the Toledo area! supersuppers.com or visit our Perrysburg location.

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