The Park's History

In brief

  • In 1996, the Seneca County Commissioners authorized the formation of a County Park District
  • Probate Judge Gerald Meyer appoints first Park Board in November 1996
  • In 1997, the Park District acquired its first property, the 256-acre Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, through a gift from Alma and Dolly Garlo
  • Five other nature preserves have been acquired and developed, as well as four additional properties in cooperation with community partners for a total of 650 acres in ten county parks
  • More than 180 nature programs for all ages are conducted year around, with attendance exceeding 4,000