Public Notices, Project Updates, and Alerts

2/1/24

Portions of Chippewa Inlet Trail are Closed for Wetland Restoration and Trail Reconstruction

Chippewa Inlet Trail is closed for a wetland restoration and trail reconstruction project between Wedgewood Road (State Route 162) and Chippewa Road. The project focuses on diverting water from the Chippewa Inlet through more than 4,000 feet of linear wetland to reduce nutrients and improve water quality north of Chippewa Lake. Portions of the trail will be permanently re-routed to accommodate the wetland restoration. The project will also improve sections of the popular walking and biking trail by making it more accessible during wet weather. The portions of the trail located north of Wedgewood Road through Buckeye Woods Park will remain open during construction.

Funding for the wetland construction project is provided by H2Ohio. Launched by Governor Mike DeWine in 2019, H2Ohio is a collaborative water quality effort to provide clean and safe water to Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency each has a significant role in H2Ohio through the natural infrastructure of wetlands, the reduction in nutrient runoff, and increasing access to clean drinking water and quality sewer systems. To learn more, visit h2.ohio.gov.


 

12/6/23

Proposed Rule Changes for Chippewa Lake -- Click HERE to download a pdf.

If you were unable to attend the open house that took place on December 5, you can submit your feedback by filling out the Contact Us form: https://medinacountyparks.com/index.php/contacts. You can also send an email to Deb Green, regulatory coordinator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Parks and Watercraft at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please put Chippewa Lake Rules in the subject line.

In the weeks ahead, MCPD will be actively collaborating with local community stakeholders to review suggestions and educational initiatives. Additionally, MCPD will strengthen law-enforcement measures in 2024. This collective effort aims to ensure the safe and optimal operation of Chippewa Lake for a variety of user groups. Thank you for your participation in the process of making our community spaces better for everyone.


11/15/23

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Medina County Park District and Director Nathan Eppink Receive Two Awards


What exceeds the thrill of earning one award? The answer is simple: the gratification of achieving two! Director Nathan Eppink was honored at the prestigious 2023 Smart 50 Awards hosted by Smart Business Network and presented by Corporate College, A Division of Cuyahoga Community College, on November 15, 2023. The Smart 50 Awards recognizes the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in Northeast Ohio for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations! Park District Board of Commissioners Dennis Neate, Kathleen Davis, and Jason Venner attended the event in support of Nathan and Medina County Park District (MCPD).

In addition to this award, Nathan and MCPD received an award for innovation for the Brown-Trump Homestead and Recovery Farm. The property, a collaboration between MCPD, Friends of Medina County Parks, Cathy’s House, Hope Recovery Community, Feeding Medina County, and the Medina County Historical Society, is the largest known recovery farm in the country.

Nathan has been director of MCPD for five years. Since 2019, MCPD has acquired 1,200 acres, leveraged local dollars to secure more than $11.8 million in grants, and opened several new public areas. The park district is truly honored to have been chosen for both awards. This achievement is a testament to the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of our “small, but mighty” staff.


11/13/23

MCPD's Natural Resource Department stocked rainbow trout in the following ponds/lakes:

Brunswick Lake - 500 lbs.

Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park - 200 lbs.

River Styx Park - 200 lbs.


11/10/23

MCPD's Natural Resource Department stocked rainbow trout in the following ponds/lakes:

Killbuck Lakes Nature Preserve - 800 lbs.

Buckeye Woods Park - 200 lbs.


8/2/23

Park District Acquires Koontz Creek Nature Preserve with Funding Through Ohio EPA's Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP)

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Medina County Park District is acquiring property in Sharon Township, Ohio known as Koontz Creek Nature Preserve. The project is funded through Ohio EPA's Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) to acquire and perform restoration activities to protect the high-quality stream and wetland resources on the property. The WRRSP program is funded by the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) and the city of Akron will sponsor the project. Funds for the project will be provided by advancing a portion of the interest to be paid by Akron on its $200,000,000 Northside Interceptor Tunnel project. By voluntarily agreeing to sponsor the Koontz Creek Nature Preserve project, Akron is eligible for an up to 0.1% discount that will reduce its WPCLF loan rate.

The Koontz Creek Nature Preserve project will preserve more than 111 acres of land, including 4,319 linear feet of Class III primary headwater habitat that flows into the Koontz Creek and 18 acres of high-quality wetlands. The project will also restore 1,530 linear feet of stream and erosion gullies and 10 acres of mosaic seasonal wetlands. The project is has frontage on both Filxer Road and Koontz Road and is located approximately 0.5-miles west of Medina Line Road. The Ohio EPA has provided a Limited Environmental Review and Finding of No Significant Impact document that contains further information about the project and the project sponsor, and that document may be downloaded here.


Warning Flag System in Place at Chippewa Lake

The warning flag system alerts boaters and swimmers to water conditions at Chippewa Lake due to harmful algal blooms or other safety concerns.

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