McLean Teddy Bear Park was created in 1972 and is Allen County's very first Metropolitan Park. The park was established when the Allen County Commissioners granted Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District a 99 year renewable lease on the 42 acres of land in Bath Township.
Because of the great effort and time the Lima Area Jaycees put into the park, the Board of Park Commissioners gave the Jaycees the honor of naming the park. The Jaycees named the park after Mr. McLean, for the teddy bears he provided every child who spent the night in an area hospital.
McLean Teddy Bear Park offers a variety of natural areas for people of all ages to enjoy. The Koch Nature trail and the Braille Discovery trail wind through the woods at the park. The East Trail meanders through a meadow and along the east pond. Fishing is permitted at both ponds without a fishing license, and the open fields are a great place to run and play.
McLean Teddy Bear Park is located at 2004 N. Dixie Highway in Bath Township, 1 mile northeast of St. Rt. 81.
- 133.9 acres
- 2 reservable shelters
- Large picnic area (tables, grills)
- Sand volleyball court
- Horseshoe courts
- 2 ponds (fishing)
- Play equipment
- 3.5 miles hiking trails
- 1/2 mile Braille Discovery Trail
- Water, restroom facilities