Mission Statement

Medina County Park District was formed on April 19, 1965 under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1545.  The district's boundaries include all of Medina County except Hinckley Township. After the park district was established, a statement of purpose was formulated:

"Medina County Park District seeks to enhance the quality of all life through education, conservation, and the protection of natural resources."

Since its formation, the park district has acquired and developed land in areas throughout the county as shown in this website. Emphasis has been placed on acquiring land for open space preservation and preservation of unique natural resources. Medina County Park District currently manages over 8300 acres in Medina County.

The park district is governed by a three-person board of commissioners that is appointed by the Probate Judge of Medina County. The board of park commissioners is comprised of Kathleen Davis, Dennis Neate, and Jason Venner. These persons serve without compensation and are responsible for the operation of the park district. The board appoints the staff that oversees the day-to-day operations.

Residents of the county support the park district through a one mill property tax. These monies are used to purchase land for the preservation of wildlife and natural resources, to fund the development of park facilities, and to carry on the day-to-day operations of the district. An annual report is published by the park district outlining its operations, and all funds are audited biannually through the Office of the Auditor of the State of Ohio. The park district offers services and facilities without discrimination.


Core Values

Medina County Park District employees and volunteers are expected to share these values:

INTEGRITY: We uphold the highest standards and ethical principles, demonstrating honesty in all of our actions. Having integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is watching.

TRANSPARENCY: We hold ourselves accountable to the public and to each other. Information is provided not because it has to be shared, but because it is the right thing to do.

SUSTAINABILITY: We support efforts to improve the environment, locally and beyond. In addition to natural resources, the park district takes seriously its stewardship of financial resources.

COMMUNICATION: We communicate proactively with visitors, volunteers, and the residents of Medina County – and with one another. Constructive feedback and ideas are encouraged.

COLLABORATION: We value our partnerships with cities, villages and townships, with nonprofits and our public partners. Equally as important are relationships among staff. Together, we do great things.