GRANVILLE, OHIO (August 22, 2020) The Licking Park District was joined by Licking County and Madison Township officials on August 6th, to officially dedicate the recently completed Staddens Landing. In addition to providing ease of access for kayaks and canoes, this boat ramp allows emergency personnel access for water rescues. It has been used 6 times for that purpose so far this year. Staddens Landing includes an off-road parking area that was completed in 2016.
GRANVILLE, OHIO (August 7, 2020) The Newell Recreation Preserve was formally dedicated on July 17, 2020. The dedication was attended by approximately 50 people including Newell family members, Licking Park District Board of Park Directors, and many persons who helped make this preserve a reality. A special thanks to the Licking County Commissioners and the Licking County Planning Commission for taking the lead in the grant writing and purchase process.
GRANVILLE, OHIO (June 30, 2020) The Licking Park District continues to collaborate with our municipal partners in Newark, Heath, Granville, and Johnstown. We recently completed four bike trail paving projects and are working on multiple trail slip repair projects.
Sections of the TJ Evans bike trails in Granville and Johnstown were paved the week of June 22nd. The Licking Park District worked in partnership via agreements to maintain and improve the trail system within the boundaries of the Village of Granville and the Village of Johnstown. In addition, LPD paved over 3 miles of the trail between the two communities. LPD collaborated with the City of Heath to pave a trail near Hoback Park in May of this year via a similar maintenance agreement. LPD is currently working with the City of Newark to address multiple slip repair projects within their jurisdiction.
The Licking Park District continuously monitors and makes improvements to your park system. Your tax levy dollars allow us to maintain and improve the park system.
Dreaming of Wildflowers, Licking Park District Partners with US Fish and Wildlife Service on a 32-acre Prairie Habitat Improvement Project at Infirmary Mound Park
GRANVILLE, OHIO (April 24, 2020) Visitors to Infirmary Mound Park (IMP) may wonder why the fields east of Rt. 37 have been cleared. These areas will be the location of a prairie habitat improvement project resulting from a partnership between the Licking Park District (LPD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (USFWS-PFW). The roughly 32 acres of new grassland will provide critical habitat for pollinators, migratory grassland nesting birds, and other local wildlife species. Additionally it will provide accessible learning opportunities for park programming and a beautiful landscape to relax in for the many visitors who use the trails.
The villain: an edible plant that smells like garlic, can produce up to 8,000 seeds per plant, and is capable of taking over vast areas of woodland floor. Our mission: eradication.
Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata, is a flowering plant in the mustard family native to Europe, western and central Asia and north-western Africa. It goes by many common names: hedge garlic, sauce-alone, jack-by-the-hedge, poor man’s mustard, jack- in-the-bush, garlic root, and mustard root.
In response to the public health situation with COVID-19 and the Ohio Department of Health’s guidance on avoiding large gatherings, the Licking Park District has suspended all programming until further notice.
GRANVILLE, OHIO (February 10, 2020) Licking Park District is pleased to announce that Jim Bradley and Jim Kiracofe have been reappointed as board members, each for an additional three-year term, by Judge Robert Hoover. Comprised of five members, the board meets monthly to support the work of the Licking Park District and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Service on Licking Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners is without remuneration.
January’s Volunteer Spotlight shines on Jack Long! Jack has been a very active volunteer for the Licking Park District for the last two years. Jack began volunteering when he completed the Ohio Certified Naturalist Certification. Jack regularly volunteers for our Citizen Science, Programs, Special Events, and Stewardship projects. I interviewed Jack for our Volunteer Spotlight while he was installing a new shelf in the LPD office. I proudly share LPD’s January Volunteer Spotlight, Jack Long!
Licking Park District’s Open Board of Commissioners Position Has Been Filled
GRANVILLE, OHIO (November 11, 2019) The Licking Park District (LPD) is pleased to announce that the open Board of Commissioners position has been filled. Brenda Sams was sworn in as a board member to the LPD Board of Commissioners’ seat on November 1, 2019. She retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft, in 2011 after 29 years of service. Brenda has extensive experience in training and public service. She developed and managed multiple field offices for ODNR Watercraft. Her last assignment was as the Regional Manager Central Region, where she was headquartered at Alum Creek.
Brenda has volunteered with the Park District for the last two years and was recognized as Licking Park District’s Volunteer of the Month in September 2019. Her love of watersports prompted her to begin her volunteer service for the Park District where she has volunteered for programs, special events, and conservation stewardship. Brenda lives in the Pataskala area and is looking forward to using her experience to make Licking Park District an even better destination for all.
Licking Park District’s Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Waugh as their new park director effective November 9, 2019. Mr. Waugh most recently served as the Licking Park District’s interim director. He also served on the Board of Commissioners for one year prior to his interim director appointment.
Richard Waugh’s past experience includes five years in public service with the City of Heath and nine years in engineering at ADR & Associates, Ltd in Newark. His background and wealth of experience in management and infrastructure will assist the Park District in its mission to acquire, manage, preserve, and conserve natural areas within Licking County while protecting wildlife and local history. He will continue to support the District’s goal of providing educational opportunities as well as health and wellness activities.
“I look forward to collaborating with the Park District’s many private and public partners across the county in the coming years. In the last two months, several projects have been or are currently being completed. Those projects include maintenance on the bike path, paving at Infirmary Mound Park, new gazebos and trees at the dog park, a canoe/kayak launch at Staddens Landing, a new composite deck bridge on the Buckeye Scenic Trail, and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Licking County Commissioners to maintain a new preserve, Newell Recreation Preserve, in northwestern Licking County. LPD is looking forward to many new projects and continued programming opportunities in 2020 for Licking County residents.” — Richard Waugh