Wherever you live in Seneca County, the park district has a nature preserve near you to visit and enjoy. Our parks are filled with hundreds of species of native flora and fauna that define the unique nature of our particular homeland. Each preserve has unique features, including trails, wetlands, ponds, rivers and creeks, woods, open meadows and grasslands, crop lands, horseback riding trails, cabins and blacksmith shops, shelters, observation decks, picnic tables, playgrounds, nature centers, and more.
The Seneca County Park District would not exist without the generous donations of area individuals and families, the support of our community, and the commitment of staff and volunteers.
The Seneca County Park District was formed in 1996 with the authorization of the Seneca County Commissioners and the first park board was appointed by Probate Judge Gerald Meyer in November 1996. The Park was volunteer-operated from 1996 through 2016, when the first 10-year operational levy was supported and passed by the community.
The Park acquired its first property, 256 acres named Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, through a gift from Dr. Garlo and his two daughters, Alma and Garlo in 1997. Since then, six other nature preserves were acquired and developed, as well as four additional properties in cooperative management with state and community partners, for a total of 738 acres in 11 parks.
The Seneca County Park District Board of Park Commissioners is comprised of 5 community members, volunteering their time, with each term lasting 3 years. The Probate Judge may appoint members for up to 3 consecutive terms.
The following is a list of Board Members since 1996. Thank you for your service!
William J. McAllister
James S. Nordholt, Jr.
Roy S. Zinn
Jim E. Bailey