Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Commissioners of the Crawford Park District. Left to right: Peggy DeGray, Richard Carpenter, Jan Maddy.
About the CPD
Mission Statement The mission of the Crawford Park District is to create, preserve, protect and manage a system of parks, nature preserves and outdoor recreational facilities held in public ownership by the citizens of Crawford County for the leisure use and enjoyment of this and future generations, with a focus on local cultural, historical and natural resources.
Park Formation Steering Committee Before the Crawford Park District was formed, a steering committee researched ideas and traveled to other areas of the state to observe other Park Districts. Members of the Steering Committee were: Mike Blaising Richard Carpenter Emerson Eckstein Dawn Hedges Mentor Larsen John Mizick Mike Morton Gary Ogle Steve Prochaska Jack Shuck Sonny Wechter
After a public hearing, the Crawford Park District was formed on November 16, 1994 by probate Judge Steven Eckstein.
Park Commissioners: Richard Carpenter Peggy DeGray Jan Maddy
Advisory Board Members: Chris Berry Jarrod Crabaugh Gary Cole Matt Echelberry Emerson Eckstein Cindy Edwards Joy Etter-Link Dan Everly Kyle Hartman Cody Knapp Dave Koepke Barb Koschnick Martha Kozik Kyle Laipply Leslie Lawson John Mizick Tom Niedermier Dave Rowland Jane Schnelker Gene Toy Bruce Truka Joan Wolfe
Current Employees: Bill Fisher – Director Patti Schiefer – Executive Secretary Josh Dyer – Program Coordinator Mandi Fruth – Receptionist Lisa Bogard – Naturalist Patti Gervais - Receptionist Abby Ditomassi - Naturalist Al Frazier – Maintenance Warren Uxley – Naturalist Mike Fruth – Unger Maintenance Joy Etter-Link – Program Assistant
The Crawford Park District was created on November 16, 1994 by Probate Judge Steven Eckstein following a public hearing. This followed two years of research and meetings by a volunteer committee organized by Richard Carpenter to form a park district. The District is governed by three volunteer Park Commissioners appointed by the Probate Judge. In addition, the Commissioners have appointed volunteers to serve on an Advisory Board to help guide the District. Primary goals of the Crawford Park District are to preserve nature for its enjoyment now and in the future and to educate citizens about the wonders of the natural world.
In 1998, the non-profit group, The Friends of the Crawford Park District, was organized to help fund projects and to support the mission of the Park District. Due to many grantor requirements, it was the Friends of the Crawford Park District who oversaw the funding and construction of the Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center.
The Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center opened on December 21, 2002. The Nature Center offers nature and history programs for families and environmental education programs to area schools and other community organizations. Our Nature Center is open year-round and features interpretive nature and local history exhibits, live animals, bird feeders, and butterfly garden observation room. There is also an active bee hive, children’s learning center, nature gift shop, and 2 six-foot diameter stained glass windows, all constructed in an environmentally friendly manner.
A quarterly newsletter is sent to over 1,000 supporters. Newsletters contain informational nature articles, news about Park District concerns, and most importantly, the newsletter details all scheduled public programs.