The Ashland County Park District (ACPD) manages 16 unique parks comprising over 2,000 acres of beautiful forests, fields, lakes, and streams. All of this green-space is publically owned and open to the public 365 days a year for hiking, fishing, bird watching, biking, dog walking and other outdoor pursuits. Some seasonal hunting opportunities also are offered in a few select parks.
Our Mission: The mission of the Ashland County Park District is to conserve natural areas of forest, woodland, farm and field for the enjoyment of Ashland County residents and to promote multiple uses for these areas including: hiking, walking, biking, hunting, fishing, bird watching and other outdoor pursuits. The district also works to enhance opportunities to study the natural and agricultural heritage of Ashland County.
Our History: The process of forming the ACPD started with The Ashland County Comprehensive Plan in 1999. Following a recommendation from the Plan, the County Commissioners requested Tom Kruse, at that time the resource conservation teacher at the Career Center, to pursue further research on the issue. He organized several advertised public meetings, and from these meetings a “Park Study Committee” of 21 concerned citizens was formed in April 2001.
This committee met with County, City, Township, and Village officials in Ashland County as well representatives for nature, hunting, conservation and agricultural interests within the county. In addition, the Committee went to fairs, county and local events, and held public hearings to gather public input. They also traveled to other county park districts in order to learn more about the requirements for starting and maintaining a county park system.
In January of 2002 the Committee presented their conclusion to Probate Judge Damion Vercillo, who under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 1454 had the power to establish a park district within the county. After an additional round of public hearings, he chose to establish the Ashland County Park District in March 2002. At that time, Ashland County was the last county in Northeast Ohio to form a park district.
Park Commissioners: Robert DeSanto, Tom Kruse & John Sikula
Contact Us: Ashland County Service Center, 1763 SR 60, Ashland Ohio 44805 | email@example.com