Metroparks of the Toledo Area
The Metroparks of the Toledo Area ranks on the same tier as the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Zoo when people from northwest Ohio list favorite regional assets. The parks are diverse in size and style, from Swan Creek in the urban setting of Toledo, to a string of riverside parks along the Maumee River from Maumee to Providence Township, to the large Oak Openings Preserve in Swanton which is one of Ohio’s most important natural areas. The system includes a total of nine parks as well as Toledo Botanical Garden, the Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Blue Creek Conservation Area in Whitehouse, and two multi-use trails: the University/Parks Trail and the Wabash Cannonball Trail. All parks are open every day, 7 a.m. to dark.
The parks have a very active series of programs and events for children, naturalists, hikers, birdwatchers, and others. Holidays in the Manor House is a popular annual event at Wildwood. The public is invited to enjoy free tours of the decorated Manor House December 4-11. Park management has taken the lead on habitat protection around the Oak Openings area and at other parks, preserving wetlands, nurturing important native plant species, and reducing invasive plants.
TMACOG and the Metroparks work together frequently on environmental projects. Most recently, both were part of group that preserved the Westside Corridor for future development as a multi-use trail. The Metroparks also partners with TMACOG during the annual Bike Week activities, hosting rides and safety rodeos at different parks.
Scott Carpenter, public relations director for the Metroparks says, “As a small agency serving a region, TMACOG is a great resource for us. It keeps us connected with other agencies and jurisdictions in our region and makes us part of something larger. Projects like the Westside Corridor that we just participated in could not happen without regional cooperation, and TMACOG, naturally, was there, leading the way.”
Photo credit: Metroparks of the Toledo Area