Parks & Nature Preserves Archive

Archived list of Pickerington Online articles pertaining to programs, facilities and issues relative to local parks.

Coyote Run – Ohio’s Newest Preserve

July 12, 2021 – This spring, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) designated 230 acres of Coyote Run as the state’s 140th nature preserve. According to ODNR, “The designation, ‘Dedicated State Nature Preserve,’ is the highest level of land protection afforded by the state of Ohio Read more.

Misty Valley Park – Then, Now, Tomorrow

July 10, 2021 – There are three properties for which master plans have been prepared.  These are not yet open to the public so you cannot visit, but you can learn what is planned for their futures.  One is Hansel Park, about seven miles east of Lancaster.  Another is Misty Valley Park in Sugar Grove.  Today, I want to tell you about Stoney Hill Park. Read more.

Stoney Hill Park – Then, Now, Tomorrow

June 19, 2021 – From this park, there are amazing views of the hills in unglaciated Fairfield County!  The master plan will take advantage of scenic overlooks and striking features of the property such as honeycombed rock outcrops.  Read more.

Wigwam Girl Scout Camp

June 17, 2021 – The girls enjoyed a week of singing, crafting, puzzle-solving and skills-building while enjoying the park. Local teens serve as camp leaders for girls as young as Kindergarten, most of whom (but not all) are members of Girl Scout Troops.   Read more.

Smeck Park A-Buzz

June 15, 2021 – In 2018 volunteer Barbara Merritt started the pollinator garden at Smeck Park.  She tirelessly works to improve the garden each year.  It is now full of insects, the foundation of the animal food web!  We need them to support chickadees, spring peepers, foxes, and many others.    Read more.

Mambourg Park – Then, Now, Tomorrow

June 13, 2021 – Soon!  The two new trails at Mambourg Park will be opened to the public!  Both are natural, unpaved trails that may be considered easy-to-moderate.   Read more.

Wahkeena & Wagner Preserves – Then, Now, Tomorrow

June 6, 2021 – The mill waSshhh!  Be very, very quiet.  A nature preserve is not a park.  Its purpose is just that, to preserve nature!  The sole reason for its existence is to protect flora or fauna from decimation.   Read more.

Stebelton Park at Rock Mill – Then, Now, Tomorrow

June 2, 2021 – The mill was opened on Saturdays and Sundays for visitors to tour and learn about its operation from our Interpretive Historian and volunteers.   Read more.

Zeller & Lockville Canal Parks – Then, Now, Tomorrow

May 20, 2021 – If you are a history buff, you probably know about Lockville Canal Park.  For their age, the locks are in good condition compared with many others.   Read more.

Cross Mound & Sensory Trail Parks – Then, Now, Tomorrow

April 2, 2021Cross Mound Park was acquired by transfer from Ohio History Connection in 1994.  It is 28 beautiful acres with unique features!   Behind Forest Rose School on Granville Pike, next to OU-Lancaster, is Sensory Trail Park.  It was acquired by lease in 2017 from the Board of County Commissioners of Fairfield County.  This amazing little park is, well, amazing!  Read more.

Arney & Two-Glaciers Parks – Then, Now, Tomorrow

February 26, 2021 – Three of the six bridges on our Historical Bridges Road Trip are in Arney Run and Two Glaciers Parks. The journey takes you through scenic parts of the County to charming settings. For those who enjoy history and bridges, it is a special treat – they are fine examples of five different types of bridge construction! Read more.

Smeck Park – Then, Now, Tomorrow

February 11, 2021 – In 2014 the enclosed shelter house was built and one year later the late-1800s Stover windmill was erected.  Playground equipment was relocated from Sanderson Elementary School.  Locals discovered the park and it started to grow in popularity. Read more.

Fairfield County Park District Seeks Spring Levy Renewal

January 28, 2021 – On the May 4 ballot, Fairfield County Park District (FCPD) intends to ask voters to renew a levy to fund the parks system for another ten years. Should voters approve the renewal, the district will use the $1.48 million it collects to fund nature programs, make improvements to and maintain existing parks, and purchase new land. Read more.