The mission of the Wayne County Park District is to protect, establish and conservatively maintain natural areas including wetlands, woodlands, stream channels, lakes, prairie fields, and hillsides throughout Wayne County. These natural areas will be maintained for public use by providing natural areas of beauty for spiritual and mental rejuvenation, leisure activities, and the promotion of educational opportunities to study nature.

Park District

The Wayne County Park District reorganized in 2011. Currently the Park District has five park commissioners that serve 3 year terms as appointed by the Probate Judge. The Board is committed to the Mission Statement of securing and preserving natural habitats for recreational and educational purposes.  

The Park Board is responsible for applying for state, federal, or local grants and seek avenues of additional funding to maintain parks under their ownership. The Park District receives minimal operating monies from the county and so we depend on grants and donations along with any fundraising done by the Friends of the Park District.

Friends of the Park

The Friends of the Wayne County Park District also reorganized in 2011. These volunteers provide the majority of the labor for maintaining the parks and responsible for fundraising for approved projects. The organization welcomes all age groups and families. 


The Park Board and Friends group meet back-to-back at least one time per month, normally the second Tuesday of the month at 6 PM either at the Wayne County Library or Romich Pavilion at Barnes Preserve (weather permitting). All meetings are open to the public.

Black cat reclining in leaves
Black cat Panther sitting on trail
Black cat Panther reclining on trail
Trolling  black cat Panther
Friends Spotlight


January's "Friends Spotlight" is Panther. He meets and greets visitors and escorts them around the park but does expect to stop frequently for a few back rubs! He has been known to disappear only to return with a prized possession- an unfortunate mouse! His owners, the Pattersons, own the Yellow Door Bird Seed store next to the entrance.

Thank you for the pics Janet Welty, Brian Miller, and Suzanne Lux. You all bring out his best features--those green eyes and regal poses!

Wayne County Ohio Park District - Annual Reports