For Immediate Release
January 13, 2021

Virtual Park Board Meeting

Medina County Park District Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, January 20 at 8:30 a.m. will be held virtually via a Zoom Video Conference Webinar, in accordance with Ohio House Bill 197. The meeting can be accessed via phone by dialing: (312) 626-6799, webinar ID: 982 5954 9891, passcode: 489403. A link to the meeting can be found at under "About/Board of Commissioners."

Public comments or questions should be sent in advance to Director Nathan Eppink at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Emails must be received by Tuesday, January 19, at 4 p.m. Live comments will not be addressed during the meeting.

Post-executive session meeting will take place at 10 a.m. The meeting can be accessed via phone by dialing: (312) 626-6799, webinar ID: 921 2829 4769, passcode: 489403. A link to the meeting can be found at under "About/Board of Commissioners."

For Immediate Release
December 30, 2020

State Capital Budget to Help Fund Local Projects

More than $1 million in funding from the State of Ohio’s 2021-22 capital budget will provide a major shot in the arm for two Medina County landmarks.

Medina County Park District has received $750,000 to assist with the purchase of the former Chippewa Lake Amusement Park – a 95-acre historic site acquired by the park district on June 15 for $2.1 million. A Northeast Ohio cultural icon, the amusement park operated from 1878 to 1978 on the shores of Ohio’s largest natural inland lake. The more than 300-acre Chippewa Lake was acquired by the park district with a Clean Ohio Grant in 2007.

Over the next two years, the park district will develop a master plan for the property, which will include reforestation, restoration of wetlands to improve lake water quality, as well as preservation of the remnants of the amusement park’s Ferris wheel, roller coaster track, and other relics.

The second landmark to benefit from capital budget funding is the bank barn located adjacent to U.S. Route 42 at Medina County Park District’s Chippewa Inlet North, part of Buckeye Woods Park. Built in the early 1800s, the picturesque wooden barn is a favorite subject of local photographers.

Lafayette Township Trustee Lynda Bowers submitted the funding request on behalf of the township, which will receive $300,000 to restore and preserve the barn. Of Ohio’s 1,308 townships, Lafayette was one of only 17 to receive capital budget funding.

“I have had numerous residents who walk in that park all the time say to me: ‘Anything we can do to save that barn?’ ” Bowers said. The barn was formerly part of the Medina County Home farm.

The project -- a collaborative effort between the township and the park district -- will include a new roof and siding, landscaping, plus a cantilevered picnic shelter on one side of the barn where there once was a lean-to. The open-air shelter will provide a public space for visitors to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the view.

“In 2020, public health has been front and center,” said park district Director Nathan D. Eppink. “This funding will benefit the physical and mental health of Medina County residents for generations to come.”

The biennial state capital budget, enacted in each even-numbered year, provides support for construction and renovation projects to benefit the public.

“These projects will improve the quality of life in our area," said Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), who co-sponsored the capital budget. "I am glad we were able to secure this crucial funding for Medina County.”

Celebrating its 55th year, Medina County Park District connects people with nature through education and conservation, managing more than 7,500 acres that include 18 parks and preserves, almost 50 trails, Susan Hambley Nature Center, and Wolf Creek Environmental Center.