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History, Mission & Purpose

The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District was created in June,1972 according to Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code and is a separate political subdivision of the State of Ohio.

The Park District is a comprehensive park system of natural areas and preserves designed to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Allen County by providing passive outdoor recreational and educational opportunities while conserving and protecting the natural resources of the area for future generations.

The Park District currently has 12 park areas with over 1,200 acres for your enjoyment! Whether you enjoy hiking, picnicking with family and friends, interpretive programs and guided nature walks, camping and swimming at Ottawa Metro Park, fishing and boating at Lima Lake Reservoir, horseback riding at the Allen County Farm Park bridle trail, bicycling the Rotary Riverwalk, there is something for everyone of all ages!

Objectives of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District:

  • Acquire lands for conversion into forest reserves directed toward the conservation of the natural resources of the State, including the wildlife.
  • Acquire lands, within or without the district, of unique characteristics in forestry, ground cover, water, terrain, wildlife or historical significance.
  • Create and promote the use of parks for the benefit and enjoyment of this and future generations.
  • Search for and maintain an inventory of the natural areas.
  • Provide education programs to stimulate an appreciation for the wonders and bounties of nature.
  • Promote ecology, the study of plants and animals with reference to their environment and to the factors that control or have controlled their distribution.
  • Keep informed of the various programs and funds to implement these goals and objectives.