Wood County Park District

What’s happening in your community (updated April 22)

NEWLY POSTED: Players present ‘The Odd Couple (Female Version) weekends April 26 through May 5 The Black Swamp Players will present Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple (Female Version),” for two weekends starting with Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.  Additional performances are: Saturday, April 27, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, all at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m.  Tickets for the production are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, and can be purchased on the organization’s website or at the door.   NEWLY POSTED: Women’s Center presents poetry night, April 24 The BGSU Women’s Center will present its annual Poetry Night Wednesday, April 24, 7-9 p.m. at Grounds for Thought 174 S. Main St. The event is held to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Keynote speaker is Kayla Williams, founder of the reading series Women Unbound and the free-form music program Radio Alchemy. The event will also feature an open mic, a blackout poetry table, and collaborative poetry activities.  NEWLY POSTED: Project promotes body positivity, April 26 The Body Positivity Project will be presented Friday, April 26, 4-6 p.m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St. . The organizers, four BGSU students, believe that in the age of Instagram everyone is a “model.’ That makes  it hard for adolescent girls to feel good and secure with their bodies. Originally a class project, the event is to be a situation where young girls feel comfortable and interact and connect with their peers. There will be activities such as painting and an Instagram wall as well as music and food. The American Association of University Women will also participate.    NEWLY POSTED: Community choir to perform Rutter’s Requiem, May 12 A community chorus with a chamber orchestra will perform John Rutter’s Requiem, Sunday, May 12 at 5 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St., in Bowling Green. The 42-voice choir, directed by Joshua Dufford, draws singers from throughout the community to bring people together through music.     BGSU arts events through May 10 Digital Art show at Needle Hall, April 25 & 26 The Bowling Green State University Advanced Digital Video Art 2019 will present a two-day exhibit “Desire for the Intangible” in Needle Hall in City Park, 520 Conneaut Ave., April 25 and 26. A public reception will be held Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments provided. A public critique with guest critic Cameron Granger will be held Friday,  April 26, 5-7 p.m. “Desire for the Intangible” features the work of the Advanced Digital Video Art class at Bowling Green State University.  Wordplay writing workshop, April 26 The Wood County District Public Library is offering acreative writing Wordplay workshop on Friday, April 26, from 4-5 p.m. Youth will play storytelling games, consider writing prompts, create collaboratively, and have FUN with words! Youth ages 10 and up are encouraged to explore and participate, regardless of experience. Call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions. Scholar to consider memory & the film ‘Different Trains,” April 25Stephen L. Esquith, dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, responds to artist Beatriz Caravaggio’s film “Different Trains,” Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Arts’ Little Theater. Based on Steve Reich’s minimalist musical composition of the same name, “Different Trains” is equally complex and evocative. The film is on exhibit in the museum’s Canaday Gallery through May 5. Esquith will ask what the film adds to the music from a critical perspective. Then, he will lead a discussion of what memories…


Ice floe debris still keeping walleye anglers out of park

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News Most of the massive ice chunks have since melted, but the destruction from the ice floes in Buttonwood Park remains. The Wood County Park District Board made it official Tuesday, by voting unanimously on the resolution to close the park along the Maumee River in Perrysburg Township for an indefinite period. Last month, the board saw photos of the destruction from the ice floe that towered over six feet high in some areas of the park. Trees between the river and the park parking lot bear scarring at least six feet high. The parking lot was demolished, and the soccer fields once covered with ice are now completely covered with debris left behind from the ice floes. This is not an ideal time to have the park closed, since the Maumee River is entering peak walleye season, Wood County Park District Director Neil Munger said. But there is just no way the park district can rebuild the parking lot and clean up all the debris quickly, Munger said. And the park district will likely rethink its parking lot and soccer field placements, since this is the second time in four years that the flooding has taken out the parking and sports facilities. Park staff walk past massive ice wall last month at Buttonwood Park. Conversations are planned with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine how the park district can use the floodplains there. Though Buttonwood Park is closed due to the damage, anglers can still access the Maumee River from Hull Prairie Road, a township road which acts as an entrance to the park. The road goes all the way to the river, and people can park along the roadway. The park district is allowing people fishing to walk along the bank of the river – but they must stay out of the woods, parking lot and soccer fields. Jeff Baney, assistant park director, said he is hoping to get an EPA permit to burn the wood debris on site. Park board member Bill Cameron asked about the possibility of volunteers helping to pick up the wood debris, and take what they want, so the wood wouldn’t be wasted. Baney said much of the wood is in large chunks, and would require the use of chainsaws. Though it would be good to find a use for the wood, “I’m not real comfortable with that,” he said. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the park board heard an update on the plans to turn a house at Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve in Perrysburg Township, into an interpretive center. The building, formerly the home of the quarry owners, will be transformed using about $274,000. Because the second floor of the home did not meet accessibility standards, the top floor will be taken out – allowing for huge two-story windows to overlook the quarry and bird feeders, Munger said. Plans call for an exhibit space, a small climbing wall with padded floor for children, a focus on quarry operations, hands-on learning activities and quarry tools for kids to play with, geological information and the history of quarrying in Northwest Ohio. The center should be open to the public next spring, Munger said. In other business, the board heard a brief update from Jim Witter, park district program coordinator, about the diversity of programs offered at the county parks. They range from bird hikes and escape rooms, to beer programs, and ‘taste test the past,” focusing on depressions era food. “They have been filling up. It’s great to see,” Munger said of attendance at the park programs.


Wall of ice closes Buttonwood Park through walleye season

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News After viewing photographs of a massive ice wall towering over park staff, the Wood County Park District Board voted unanimously Tuesday to keep Buttonwood Park closed until further notice. The park, located along the Maumee River in Perrysburg Township, is a popular fishing spot during the annual walleye run every spring. But it looks like anglers will have to find other places to cast their lines this year. “There’s a lot of ice there and it’s going to take a long time to melt,” Wood County Park District Director Neil Munger told the board as he showed them photos of the ice bank covering much of the park. The ice came on shore last month when high winds and frigid conditions pushed massive ice floes into the park along the Maumee River. Township road crews have cleared a lane into the park – just wide enough for a pickup truck to squeeze through, Munger said. Many of the trees in the park have had their bark rubbed off by the ice chunks. “A lot of trees are scarred,” Munger said. “There’s no doubt we’re going to be losing some trees this year.” Some whole trees were swept away by the ice and are now part of the ice wall left behind. “It’s just kind of an eerie feeling out there,” he said. Park staff walks along shore, with ice bank towering over them. Munger estimated it would be May or June before the ice bank melts. The rain that has fallen recently has just frozen into the ice wall. The ice masses also took out the parking area at Buttonwood Park. “We pretty much lost the parking lot. The gravel was washed out,” he said. And the ice chunks bent the steel sign for the park. “The ice just really ripped it apart,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to be done.” And it can’t be finished in time for walleye season this spring, Munger said. “We’ve closed the park for the time being,” he said. After seeing photos of the damage and the lingering ice masses, the board made it official that no one should use the park until the board decides otherwise. “Anyone who goes down there will be trespassing,” he said. Walleye fisherman will likely be upset, but the site is just not safe, the board agreed. Munger also suggested that the board may want to consider a change in the parking lot location, so it is further from the river. This is the second time in four years that ice masses have damaged the park. “You never know, but we certainly can’t keep taking the losses,” Munger said. Wood County Park District board discusses issues Tuesday afternoon. In other business, the board continued discussion about working with E.S. Wagner Co. to create a pond at Reuthinger Memorial Preserve. Munger further explained that if E.S. Wagner is successful in getting the bid for a reconstruction project on Interstate 75 in Toledo, that the company has asked to use soil from Reuthinger preserve. That would leave the park district with the pond that has been in the plans for the preserve. “I think in the long run this will save us a lot of money,” Munger said. The park district will have input on the pond design, with a shallow area proposed for kayak instruction, and an area planned for fishing. E.S. Wagner would compact the soil in the pond area, “then will probably let nature fill it with rain water,” Munger said. The park district will stock the pond…


County Park District is ready to march into spring

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The Do-Nothing Group 1st Sundays, March 3, April 7, and May 5; 2:00 – 4:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg The wise bear Winnie the Pooh said, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” Connect with nature, family, and community during this time. Leader: Jim Witter Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Homeschoolers: Orienteering Wednesday, March 6; 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Slippery Elm Trail: Cricket Frog Cove 14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides showing you which way is north. This low-tech tool can help you get from point A to point B. We will learn the basics indoors and then take it outside on a short orienteering course.Emerge: Dress for the weather and off trail hiking. Compasses provided, but you can also bring your own if you want. Leader: Bill Hoefflin Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 The Story of the Swamp Thursday, March 7; 7:00 – 8:30 pm Otsego Park: Thompson Stone Hall How did Wood County look long ago, how has it changed, and how will it look in the future? Learn about and discuss natural and cultural history of the area and the story yet to be written. Leader: Jim Witter Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, March 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green For this meeting, please read North With the Spring: A Naturalist’s 17,000 mile Journey Through Spring by Edwin Way Teale. Group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN). Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Self-Care Saturdays March 9, April 6, and May 11; Noon to 1:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Forest therapy is practicing the connection with yourself and the Earth. By practicing this connection, you reduce stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate, symptoms of OCD and ADHD and increase your sense of well-being, immunity, mental clarity, creativity & concentration. Leader: Jim Witter Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Pesky Critters Tuesday, March 12; 7:00 – 9:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Are you fond of wild creatures but lose your enthusiasm after they find their way into your home? Learn about common visitors with a naturalist and how to coexist with them from pest control expert Bill Lorenzen of Rid’Um Wildlife Control. Leader: Jim Witter. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Greenhouse Help (Pi Day) Thursday, March 14; 1:00 – 3:00 pm J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve 30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg Volunteer opportunity: Help grow native plants that will go into the parks and preserves. All tools are provided. No experience is needed. Leader: Stewardship staff. Please register for volunteer opportunities at: https://wcparks.galaxydigital.com Archery Skills: M-Archery Madness! Saturday, March 16; 1:00 – 3:00 pm Arrowwood Archery Range 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green Beginning archers build their skills in this fun and instructional program, where we’ll focus on body posture and aiming, eventually progressing to moving ball targets! All archery equipment provided, personal gear welcome (inspected at program). Cost: $5/$3 FWCP. Leader: Craig Spicer Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 S.A.F.E. Saturday, March 16; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Learn women’s self-defense information from a park officer and increase your awareness of self-defense tactics and allow you to practice the physical aspects of self-defense. Cost:…


County parks fishing to add pond at Reuthinger Preserve

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News The Wood County Park District often hears from local residents fishing for a place to cast out their lines and reel in a big one. So when approached by a contractor needing dirt for a construction project, the park district jumped on the chance to provide their dirt and get a pond in exchange. Wood County Park District Director Neil Munger reported to the park board last week that E.S. Wagner Co. is bidding on a large ODOT project relocating the Disalle Bridge. The company needs a lot of fill dirt for the project, and Reuthinger Preserve has some to spare, Munger told the board. If E.S. Wagner gets the project, Munger suggested it would work to the park district’s benefit to let the company excavate a 6.5-acre area of Reuthinger Preserve, off Oregon Road, to create a pond for the park. The pond could potentially provide a place for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and a source of water for the greenhouse in Reuthinger Preserve. “One of the biggest things we hear from the public is they want more places to fish,” Munger told the board. “I think this is a real positive thing.” The pond would be in the northern section of the park. The district is also working on trails and boardwalks through the woods and wetlands in an eastern area of the park. If E.S. Wagner gets the bid, it will dig about 25 feet deep and then compact the pond area, Munger said. Restrooms may be added to the site, and Munger is hoping a windmill might be used for aeration of the pond. “This is an exciting possibility there for us,” he said. Munger also informed the board that he plans to talk with the Wood County engineer about the possibility of installing a four-way stop on Oregon Road at the entrance to Reuthinger Preserve. In other business at last week’s meeting, the park board: Agreed to raise per mile reimbursement for mileage from 54.5 cents to 58 cents, according to the IRS standard.Voted to purchase a Dodge Ram 1500 from Al Smith, in Bowling Green, for $25,870 for the park district’s operations department.Agreed to renew annual membership with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, for $2,750. The board agreed membership gives the park district valuable networking opportunities.Reviewed the park police reports for the month, including a call to handle cows loose on the Slippery Elm Trail.


Parks district offers winter activities

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The Wood County Parks District is offering a full slate of programs to help young and old to get the most out of winter. Polar Parks Mini-Camp Wednesday – Friday, January 2 – 4; 9:00 am – noon W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Experience a wild Wood County winter through this 3-day mini-camp! Each day highlights a different educational theme and seeks to explore through hands-on and outdoor activities. Cost: $12/$10 FWCP per day, or $30/$25 FWCP for all three days. Ages 8-13. The registration deadline is one week before the beginning of the camp day. Leaders: Jim Witter and Craig Spicer Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Introduction to Orienteering Sunday, January 6; 1:00 – 3:00 pm Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides show you which way is north. This reliable low-tech tool can help you get from point A to point B. We will learn the basics indoors and then take it outside on a short orienteering course. Leader: Bill Hoefflin Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, January 10; 7:00 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg For this meeting, please read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Homeschoolers: Project Feederwatch Friday, January 11; 10:00 – 11:00 am Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Learn how Wood County Park’s volunteers count birds at our windows on wildlife and how you can help scientists learn about bird populations in Wood County. Leader: Jim Witter Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Native American Moccasin Making Workshop Series Saturdays, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Learn the skill of making authentic Native American moccasins over the course of four sessions. The Plains two-piece style will be featured. Cost for series: $30. Leader: Stewart Orr Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Arctic Open Archery Saturday, January 12; 12:30 – 3:00 pm Arrowwood Archery Range 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green Arrows fly in the crisp winter air! Arrive anytime between 12:30 and 3:00 to give this cool archery a shot. Leader: Craig Spicer This is an open program. There is no need to register. Ice Age Mammals of Ohio Tuesday, January 15; 6:30 – 8:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg An impressive array of extinct animals used to call Ohio home following the retreat of the last glacier. Discover these megafauna and learn about some of the theories behind their extinction.  Leader: Bill HoefflinRegister at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 A Stitch in Time Saves Nine Thursday, January 17; 7:00 – 8:30 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Explore the lost art of mending, a time-honored skill of the Depression Era homemaker. Bring an item to mend, thread, needle, and a willingness to learn! Leader: Virginia Dean Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Wild Skills: Fire-Building Friday, January 18; 6:30 – 8:00 pm Wood County Historical Center: Adam Phillips Shelter 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green Fire is one of the best tools to have on your adventures, providing clean water, heat for cooking and a positive attitude. Learn hands-on how to start and maintain one safely and successfully in a variety of different situations. Leader: Craig Spicer Register…


Park district celebrates winter & the holidays throughout December

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT Poinsettia Tour Tuesday, December 4; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Bostdorff’s Greenhouse Acres 18862 N. Dixie Hwy, Bowling Green Take a tour of new premarket poinsettia varieties at Bostdorff’s Greenhouse. Evaluate these new varieties and vote on the one you like best. You may be one of three lucky people to take one of these “winter roses” home with you! Leader: Stewardship department   EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, December 6; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg For this meeting, please read The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   A Heritage Holiday December 8; 1:00 – 4:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Join us to share some seasonal cheer at the farm’s open house. We’ll have carols played on the player piano, cookie decorating, ornament making, and other activities for the whole family. This festive community event is open to all.   Winter Reptiles Wednesday, December 12; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room 25930 White Road, Perrysburg When the weather turns white and chilly, what do all of our scaly neighbors do? Migrate, hibernate, or put on a sweater? We’ll learn these things and more as we meet two of our animal ambassadors. Leader: Craig Spicer Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   The Geminid Meteor Shower Thursday, December 13; 9:30 – 11:00 p.m. Cricket Frog Cove Area 14810 Freyman Road, Cygnet The Geminids are considered one of the best annual meteor showers because they are easily and frequently seen. Bring a thick blanket or reclining folding chair and appropriate clothing for an evening under the stars. Emerge: This shower peaks around 2 a.m., but meteors will be visible beginning between 9-10 p.m. Cancelled if skies are cloudy.  Leader: Bill Hoefflin Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Homeschoolers: Old Time Games Friday, December 14; 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Learn how Native American and pioneer children had fun, and how play helped them develop skills for adulthood. Leader: Jim Witter Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Rudolph Christmas Bird Count Saturday, December 15; 6:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meeting at Waffle House, compilation party at Park HQ 1548 E. Wooster Street, Bowling Green and 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Be a citizen scientist! Join the Wood County Parks and local birders to count wintering birds to provide a snapshot of bird species and populations in Wood County. Visit www.toledonaturalist.org for more information. Leader: Jim Witter Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Winter Tree ID Sunday, December 16; 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Get a closer look at trees without their leaves. Learn how to identify them by bark and twig characteristics. Leader: Bill Hoefflin Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Holiday Open Geocaching Friday, December 21; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Find your own festive cheer this time of year! Stop by anytime between 11:00 and 2:00 to borrow one of our GPS units or bring your smartphone with the Google Maps app and search for hidden gifts in the park. Leader: Craig Spicer This is an open program without registration.   Long Nights Full Moon Walk Saturday, December 22; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m….


Park district peddling mountain biking in 2019 budget

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The Wood County Park District may invest some money to attract kids of that awkward age to use their county parks. The park district already has programs that appeal to young children and adults. But the difficulty is getting older kids and young adults to view the parks as a place to spend time. So the draft budget for the Wood County Park District has a tentative $200,000 set aside for an off-road mountain biking training area and a trail off the Slippery Elm Trail. Earlier this fall, the park board voiced support for a proposal to create pump tracks in Rudolph and a mountain bike trail in the savanna area along the trail. Park naturalist Craig Spicer presented a proposal for both concepts. He explained the mountain biking park and trail would help the district attract teens and young adults. A survey conducted earlier this year showed only 6 percent of the county park users were college student age. All parks suffer from the same difficulty luring teens and young adults, Spicer said. “They are one of the most finicky audiences,” he said. According to Spicer, off-road and sport biking are growing in popularity. “This is a good opportunity to ride that wave,” he said. The creation of an off-road biking park in Rudolph, and a trail in the woods north of the community would also be an investment in a county park in the southern part of Wood County. Currently just five of the county’s 20 parks are south of U.S. 6. The proposed park would be located in the one-acre area already owned by the park district along the Slippery Elm Trail, just south of Mermill Road. The park board had already agreed to have unused farm silos removed from the property. A proposal created by Pump Trax USA shows a park with a “strider” track for little kids, a beginner track, an intermediate and advanced track, and a skills trail for mountain biking. The area would have parking for 30 cars, a bike fix-it station, and a covered shelter house. Maintenance of the park would be similar to the neighboring Slippery Elm Trail, since the bike park courses would be constructed of cement or asphalt. Don DiBartolomeo, of the Right Direction Youth Development Program, told the board he would offer programming for free at the bike park. DiBartolomeo is in the ninth year of running the non-profit youth support program Right Direction, and organizes programming at the skate park in Bowling Green City Park. “Having something like this skills track is huge,” DiBartolomeo told the board. Toledo Metroparks has talked about such an off-road biking program, but has yet to establish one, he said. “This would put you on the map. Nobody’s done it yet,” DiBartolomeo said. Those working on their off-road skills could then try out their new talents in the Rudolph Savanna, located a half-mile north on the Slippery Elm Trail, Spicer said. “The nearest mountain bike trail is in Swanton,” he said. Spicer showed a rough sketch of how a three-mile single-track mountain bike trail could wind its way through the 50-acre savanna area. Park staff have found no evidence of endangered plants in the savanna, and a single-track trail will cause “minimal damage” to the area, he said. Neil Munger, director of the park district, added that the district has been talking about a mountain biking trail for quite a while. A total of $725,577 is in the draft budget for capital improvements at 16 county parks in 2019. Following is a list of the…


County park district shares funding to help local parks

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The Wood County Park District made a commitment years ago to share its tax dollars with community parks around the county. When Neil Munger, director of the county park district, visits communities throughout the county, he is frequently reminded of the value of that sharing. “There have been a lot of times, going out and looking at some of these communities, I see that 90 percent of the improvements in the parks are made with these grants,” Munger said. “It’s really heartwarming to see that.” This year, the Wood County Park District again set aside $100,000 to disperse to local community parks. Fifteen requests for funding were received, with 13 being granted. “The board likes to spread it out as much as we can,” Munger said. “It’s all judged on merit,” he said. Applicants willing to share in the costs or donate labor are viewed favorably. One was rejected for an incomplete application, and the other because it was too large of a request, Munger said. Following is a list of how the grant funding will be used: Bowling Green: $19,640 to replace Bellard and Perkins shelter houses in Carter Park with one larger shelter that will be ADA compliant. Custar: $2,538 for tree and shrub planting. Cygnet: $4,346 for replacement of bleachers. Luckey: $3,915 for playground resurfacing. North Baltimore: $12,394 to replace basketball goals. Perrysburg: $10,463 for replacement of playground equipment. Perrysburg Township: $7,702 for playground resurfacing, replacement of swingset chains, and picnic table. Portage Township: $3,252 for concession stand equipment (commercial refrigerator and popcorn popper.) Rossford: $11,103 to resurface pickleball courts. Tontogany: $4,245 for disc golf course. Walbridge: $9,674 to replace fencing. Wayne: $7,522 for playground equipment (ADA swing and merry-go-round.) West Millgrove: $3,205 for park benches and funnel ball.


Park District offers November events

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The Wood County Park District is offering a variety of programming during November including events tied to Native American Heritage Month. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Certification Program Tuesday, November 6; 7:00 – 9:00 pm Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green This informational session will explain the details of this excellent natural resources education program. Beginning in April, this certification program is coupled with community-based volunteer service. Sessions include many topics such as birds, interpretation, ecology, native plants, mammals, insects, geology, and more! Certification co-sponsored by OSU Extension.Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Turkey Tomfoolery Thursday, November 8, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Otsego Park Thompson Stone Hall 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green Wild turkeys are being seen much more frequently here in Wood County. Bring the kids out to learn about one of the largest birds in our parks, we will finish the evening with some games and fun activities. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, November 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve Friends’ Green Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg For this meeting, please read Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich. Group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN). Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Wild Skills: Shelter-Skelter Saturday, November 10; 10:00 – 11:30 am W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Be prepared for when your adventure turns south. Having a shelter to get out of the elements can be a life saver! Get hands on and learn to build one using only the nature around you. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   The Native American Experience Tuesday, November 13; 7:00 – 8:00 pm Otsego Park: Thompson Stone Hall 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green What was life like for Native Americans as they coped with pressure from European settlers? Join guest speaker Taylor Moyer, Toledo School of the Arts humanities teacher and living historian, as he describes the interaction between the two cultures from a Native American perspective. Details of clothing, tools and other artifacts will be woven into the narrative.Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Fly tying by Wildwood Anglers Thursday, November 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve Friends’ Green Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Join Brad Dunkle, local fly fishing guide and owner of Wildwood Anglers, for a small group intro to fly tying. All material and tools provided. Registration required, no walk–ins. Cost: $12, FWCP $8. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Wild Skills: Bow-drill Workshop Friday, November 16; 6:00 – 8:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Build and test out your own bow-drill fire-starting kit. Learn about the evolution of fire-starting, which materials work best, and how to identify the best wood for the job. Wood provided. Bring your own knife capable of substantial wood carving. $10/$5 FWCP. Leader: Craig Spicer Emerge: Cap 20. Must be 13 years of age or older (minors must have release of liability sign by adult before attending). Carving and knife skills will not be covered in depth – please become familiar and practice before attending. Full-tang knives preferred, with blades less than 5” long. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Demo Saturday, November 17, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Otsego Park 20000 W. River Road, Bowling Green Learn the process of carving hunting decoys, and see examples of decoys…


County park district hits bullseye with archery range

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The latest park hit the bullseye for archers in the Wood County area. On Tuesday, the Wood County Park District held its monthly meeting at the new Arrowwood Archery Park, located on Linwood Road, southeast of Bowling Green. The park adds archery to the activity list of canoeing, biking, fishing, hiking, hunting, kayaking and rock climbing offered by the park district. “It shows the diversity of the Wood County Park District and the diversity of the staff,” said Denny Parish, chairman of the park board. Parish said he is proud of citizen support and staff making the variety of activities possible. Park district Executive Director Neil Munger agreed. “The idea for this archery range actually came from public input,” Munger said. (A grand opening will be held Sunday.) After the meeting, park board members were given a chance to try their skills at the new archery range. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the park board got its annual visit from former park board member and current park patron Frank McLaughlin about the need for more bike accommodations by the county park district. McLaughlin said he was out on the Slippery Elm Trail again this past weekend. He said he can’t imagine any park in the county getting more use. “It’s like a freeway out there on Saturdays and Sundays,” he said. While the trail from Bowling Green to North Baltimore is great, more would be nice. “We could certainly use something from Bowling Green to Perrysburg,” McLaughlin said. Munger mentioned that as a member of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments bicycle committee, the park district has learned of possible plans to use Hull Prairie Road to connect Bowling Green and Perrysburg. McLaughlin noted the narrow nature of Hull Prairie. Wood County is also falling behind on connecting the Chessie Circle and North Coast trails, he said. A bike trail already stretches from Lorain to eastern Wood County, then picks up again in Lucas County heading west to Archbold. McLaughlin mentioned the park district owns land that could be used for a bike trail in the Perrysburg Township area. “It would be nice to see that happen,” he said. “This is the one missing piece,” he said of the east-west bike trail across northern Ohio. Munger said the park district is trying to use a regional approach on bike trails, and will continue to look for grant funding for such projects. The board also agreed to increase park shelter house rental rates to $40 per day. Munger said the rates had been $25 for the last 27 years or so. Other area shelter house rental rates are $30 to $80 for four hours. The park district rentals are all for full days. “It’s still a bargain,” board member Tom Myers said of the new $40 rate. “All of our shelters have electric, so if you bring a crockpot for a reunion,” there’s plenty of power, Munger said. “We’ve got some really good facilities.” In other business at Tuesday’s meeting: Munger mentioned the unexpected death of former park ranger Doug Carr. Board member Bill Cameron asked the district to consider some effort to remember Carr. Park police responded to board member Sandy Wiechman that the number has dropped of the people trespassing from Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve to the neighboring stone quarry. Munger said wetland plans are progressing at the Reuthinger Memorial Preserve. Once the corn is harvested, grading will be done, followed by seeding. “It’s been a long process, but a good one,” Munger said. The Arrowwood Archery Park grand opening will…


Park District opens archery range

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The Wood County Park District introduces its newest park property. The Arrowwood Archery Park grand opening will be Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Try your hand at archery and receive a short safety and skills lesson available first-come, first-served. Guests are welcome to bring their own equipment. The new archery range, located at 11126 Linwood Road in Bowling Green, will be open every day of the year from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. It is a covered, open-air shelter that is free to use. Park visitors bring their own equipment for personal range use. Park programs will provide equipment and instruction. The first public program offered at the Arrowwood Archery Park will be the free Jack-O’-Lantern Open Archery on Saturday, October 27th from 10 am until 12:30 pm. Pumpkins and carving tools are provided to create your jack-o-lantern target. Expert instruction and archery equipment are also provided at this Halloween-themed outdoor recreation program. For more information about the 20 parks and nature preserves in the Wood County Park District system and about the public programs offered, please visit www.wcparks.org , or call 419-353-1897.  


Partial closures on Slippery Elm Trail on Tuesday

As part of ongoing maintenance, the Slippery Elm Trail will have sealant applied on Tuesday, September 18.  The partial closures on Tuesday will be along the trail between the crossroads of Bays Road and Portage Road. The grass shoulders along the trail will be open for public use. The Slippery Elm Trail is expected to be fully open on Wednesday, September 19. The Wood County Park District and Strawser Construction are working to provide trail access throughout this trail update.


Park district programs share nature with public

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT   Intro to Nature Photography Tuesday, September 18; 5:30 – 7:30 pm Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Interested in capturing the wonders of the outdoors in photographs but unsure how to do so? Bring your camera and practice honing your skills at our Nature Interpretation Center. This session will focus on making the most of natural lighting and taking great pictures without a flash. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Friends’ Migration Field Trip Tuesday, September 18; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Join the Friends of the Parks on a tour of the parks in search of migrating songbirds. A light lunch will be provided. Leader: Jim Witter (14) Emerge: Space is limited on the park bus, but participants may follow behind. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Wonderful Wooly Bears! Tuesday, September 18, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Sawyer Quarry Nature Preserve 26940 Lime City Road, Perrysburg Do these cute fuzzy “bears” have the ability to forecast our winter? We will search out the answer as we look for them on the trail and in the quarry. All winter prognostications are the responsibility of the larvae of the Isabella tiger moth and are not necessarily the viewpoint of the Wood County Parks.  Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897     Parks Bus Tour Saturday, September 22; 9:00 am – noon Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Enjoy a naturalist-led tour of a few parks, with a brief hike at each. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Canoeing with Crayfish Saturday, September 22; 9:00 am – noon Weirs Rapids Access 21095 Range Line Rd, Bowling Green Enjoy a scenic float down the Maumee River with Naturalists and ODNR stream scientists who will point out interesting river features. Experience how experts evaluate the health of the river by investigating the critters that call it home! Cost: $10, FWCP $7. Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Hunter Education Class Sundays, September 23 and October 28, 2:00 – 6:00 pm Park District Headquarters: Community Classroom 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Need to complete an Ohio Division of Wildlife Hunter Education course for your hunting license? Finish your Home-Study course with a park officer. Please register online at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/education-and-outdoor-discovery/hunter-and-trapper-education with the “Find a Course” link in the Home-Study Course section. Registration ends Sundays, September 16 and October 21 to allow for completion of online portion of the class. Leader: Mark Wagner (30) Emerge: Topics covered include wildlife conservation, safety, and the proper handling of firearms and other hunting equipment. Please note that all registration and coursework must be completed in advance. We are unable to accept walk-ins the day of the program. Registration ends Sundays, September 16 and October 21 to allow for completion of online portion of the class. Sign up for one class only, each will cover the same material.   Harvest Full Moon Walk Monday, September 24, 7:30 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Be sure to catch what is usually one of the most beautiful moonrises of the year. Join us on a moonlit stroll around the pond and learn some moon lore.  Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897   Bird Friendly Toledo Tuesday, September 25; 7:00 – 8:00 pm WW Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Learn how to support bird conservation at your home! Experts from Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative and Black Swamp Bird Observatory will discuss the Bird Friendly Toledo initiative to support conservation of…


Historic farm to be jammin’ and cookin’ again soon

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Carter Historic Farm will soon be cookin’ again. The historic farm, which is part of the Wood County Park District, is making its transition to being a working farm. That covers everything from the crops grown in the fields to the foods cooked up in the kitchen. “We’re going from a petting zoo to an actual working farm,” Jeff Baney, assistant director of the Wood County Park District said Tuesday during a meeting of the park board. “Nothing out there is static,” Baney said. Which means equipment like the antique tractors actually have to work the fields. The chickens, goats and farm cats serve a purpose. It’s hoped they will be joined by sheep, cattle and eventually horses. Visitors to the farm, on Carter Road north of Bowling Green, will be able to experience a day in the life of a depression era farm. “At the end of the day, the biggest thing a farm did was put food on the table,” Baney said. But there’s a glitch in that plan. The circa 1930 oven in the farmhouse kitchen has outlived its usefulness. The oven overheats, refuses to shut off, and even turns on all by itself. That poses a problem, since a lot of cooking programs at the historic farm require an oven, according to Corinne Gordon, historic farm specialist with the park district. So on Tuesday, the board heard a request to replace the old oven with a new oven that is designed to look like a 1925 oven. The oven would cost $5,399. “It’s a very specialized piece of equipment,” Baney said. But the oven is essential to programming at the farm, which offers educational programs on “farm to table” canning, using herbs from the garden, pickling and jam making. “For the women of the house, a good portion of the day would be in that kitchen,” Gordon explained to the board. But board president Denny Parish had other concerns. The price tag of more than $5,000 was “a hard swallow,” he said. “I know how this will look to many members of the public,” he said, fearing that citizens may view this as irresponsible spending after the recent passage of the park district levy. “I’m not sure right now that I can support this.” Parish asked if other options had been considered – like buying an actual 1920s-era oven, or asking the vendor Appliance Center to donate a portion of the cost. He also asked how often the oven is actually used at the farm. Gordon said the oven is used every day the farm is open, which is three days each week and for special events. A lot of school groups visit the site. “It’s going to be used continually,” she said, stressing the emphasis on the site being a working farm. It’s one thing to have home-cooked foods already prepared in the kitchen, “it’s another thing to actually smell it and taste it,” Gordon said. Gordon also said a new oven that looks old will be much safer than an authentic old oven. “I think it would be a worthwhile investment,” said Jim Witter, program coordinator for the park district. After discussion, Parish was still not thrilled with the park district spending so much on an oven – so he offered to put $2,000 toward the purchase himself. “Now I’ll call my wife and tell her,” Parish said with a smile. “You’re welcome to come cook on the stove any time,” said Neil Munger, director of the park district.