PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
October 14, 2021

Killbuck Lakes Receives Major Upgrades at No Cost to the Park District

A recent site improvement project at Killbuck Lakes was fully funded by Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Biennial Transportation Appropriations Act. The project resulted in new pavement for the entry drive and parking lot as well as striping. The project cost of $73,035 was paid for in full by ODOT with the dollars administered by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.

Operations and Planning Manager Isaac Smith managed the project, working with ODOT District 3 and Melway Paving. Smith noted, “Thanks to ODOT’s program, Killbuck Lakes received outstanding upgrades. Previously, the site had a chip-sealed gravel entry drive and parking lot. This project greatly improves site conditions, allows for more sustainable maintenance, and improves access for visitors.”

Killbuck Lakes is located at 7996 White Road in Burbank/Westfield Township near the village of Lodi and easily is accessed from I-71 at the State Route 83 interchange. The site includes a 47-acre lake, nearly three miles of trails, and a wildlife blind for observing birds and other wetland animals. The parking lot has capacity for forty-two vehicles, including ten parking spaces dedicated for vehicles with boat trailers, and two ADA accessible parking spots located near the boat launch area. Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted.


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
October 14, 2021

Park Board Meeting

Medina County Park District Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on Thursday, October 21 at 8:30 a.m. at Park District Headquarters located at 6364 Deerview Lane in Medina. The public is welcome to attend. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. If the public wishes to address the board but not attend in person, comments may be emailed to Director Nathan Eppink (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Wednesday, October 20 at 4 p.m.


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 30, 2021

Experience the Rewards of Trekking Through Autumn

Medina County Park District’s self-guided hiking program, Trekking Through Autumn, is the perfect opportunity for families and individuals of all abilities to get out and experience the crisp days and spectacular colors of fall.

Back for its 15th year, Medina County Park District’s popular annual hiking program offers participants the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the season and earn awards by completing at least eight designated hikes between September 1 and November 30.
 
Trekking Through Autumn offers a choice of 14 different hiking trails in parks and nature preserves that show off the beauty and natural diversity of Medina County. Included on the form is the Hiker’s Choice option. So, if a favorite Medina County park trail isn’t on the form, participants can add it to the list.

Hikers complete the walks at their own pace and on their own schedules. Medina County park sites are open every day from 6 a.m. until one hour past sunset -- except Oenslager Nature Center, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The nature center is located in the Alderfer-Chatfield Wildlife Sanctuary, so please keep in mind that pets are not permitted at this site. Dogs on leashes are welcome at all other park locations.

To participate, pick up a Trekking Through Autumn form at Medina County Park District Headquarters, Oenslager Nature Center, or simply print one at www.MedinaCountyParks.com. Check trails off the list as you complete them. When you’ve hiked eight or more, bring your completed form to Oenslager Nature Center by December 17 to claim your reward. Backpacks are awarded to first-year participants. Hiking pins are awarded in successive years. Awards are free for Medina County residents. Out-of-county residents pay $10 for backpacks and $3 for hiking pins. Pins are not available to first-year hikers.
 
A new backpack or hiking pin isn’t the only reward in store. Walking a trail on a fall day is a great way to experience nature, spend time with friends and family, get some outdoor exercise at a time when temperatures are at their most comfortable, and the season’s beauty is at its peak.

Post your hiking photos on Instagram or Twitter using the tag #trekkingthroughautumn, and we’ll share your picture with our followers on Medina County Park District social media.