News Releases

For Immediate Release

February 7, 2017

Special Park Board Meeting Scheduled

A special park board meeting will be held on Friday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. at park headquarters to make adjustments to the 2017 budget and to discuss any other business that may come before the board. Park headquarters is located at 6364 Deerview Lane in Medina.


Please contact Thomas K. James with questions or concerns.



For Immediate Release
February 2, 2017

Take Part in the First-ever Spring Native Wildflower Challenge

Soon, winter will loosen its snowy grip on Northeast Ohio, and wildflowers like spring beauty, yellow trout lily, marsh marigold, and others will add a welcome burst of color to our region’s forests and fields. There are reports of one of Ohio’s earliest wildflowers, skunk cabbage, already poking up through last year’s fallen leaves in the woods.

Don’t miss this exciting time of year. Experience the wonders of the changing season by taking part in Medina County Park District’s first-ever Spring Native Wildflower Challenge.

“This challenge is a way to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the unfolding of nature as they search for common native spring wildflowers in Medina County parks,” said Interpretive Services Manager Shelley Tender. “These beauties aren’t here for very long, so you have to be quick!”

Here’s how to participate
Print a copy of the Wildflower Challenge brochure at, or pick one up at Wolf Creek Environmental Center, Susan Hambley Nature Center, or park district headquarters. Please check the website for hours of operation.

Using the checklist from the brochure, look for native wildflowers in any Medina County Park District park or preserve between March 1 and June 1. Take a clear picture of each flower you find. In the photo, be sure to include the “I Found It!” card from the brochure. Please do not pick wildflowers in the parks, and remember to stay on the trails when photographing them.

When you’ve found at least 15 of the 23 wildflowers on the list, bring the photos on your phone or camera along with the completed checklist to Wolf Creek Environmental Center no later than June 15 to claim your prize. The first 15 participants to complete the challenge will receive a wildflower identification guide (one per family, please.) All others will receive a packet of wildflower seeds.

If you’re up for an extra challenge, find five out of ten additional wildflowers listed in the brochure and be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card from Boyert’s Greenhouse & Farm.

Not sure you can identify all the wildflowers on the checklist? Tender recommends two things. Stop by Wolf Creek Environmental Center any time during the challenge and have a naturalist look at your photos to verify your finds. Or consult one of the wildflower identification guides recommended in the brochure.

Don’t forget to share your wildflower discoveries on Instagram using the tag #medinacountyparks. You can also document your findings along with other citizen scientists by posting your photos on under the Medina County Biodiversity Project.




For Immediate Release

December 11, 2016

Restrictions Lifted at Chippewa Lake

Chippewa Lake has been reopened to the public, and all water contact warnings have been lifted following a significant decrease in levels of algal toxins found in the lake.

Test results from samples taken Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 revealed toxin levels of 5.76 parts per billion and 4.571 parts per billion, respectively, down from a high of 58 ppb on Nov. 10.

Per Ohio Department of Health guidelines, warnings must be issued advising young children, pregnant and nursing women, senior citizens, and pets to avoid water contact when toxin levels reach 6 ppb. When levels exceed 20 ppb, the lake must be closed. Warnings first went into effect at Chippewa Lake Sept. 16. The lake had been closed to the public since Oct. 28. State guidelines require two consecutive tests showing acceptable toxin levels before lake closure restrictions and water contact warnings may be lifted.

“Algae” is a broad term that includes a variety of organisms. The Chippewa Lake algal bloom resulted from the microscopic organism cyanobacteria. Sunlight, slow-moving water and nutrients entering the waterway created favorable conditions for the cyanobacteria to grow. Its blooms can produce toxins that may make people and pets sick when they come into contact with the water.

“The species of cyanobacteria that was dominant in this harmful algal bloom and responsible for releasing this toxin is Planktothrix,” said park district Natural Resource Manager Jim Spetz. “This species is more shade tolerant and cold tolerant than other species, which is why the bloom continued so late into the year.”

The park district, which acquired the approximately 330-acre lake in 2007, monitored the water throughout the summer and fall beginning when an algal bloom first was reported in July. Monitoring will continue on an as-needed basis.