The Lorain County Metropolitan Park District was created in 1957 by the Lorain County Probate Court, under the authority of Ohio's innovative, time-proven Park District Law of 1917. Beginning with the donation of Mill Hollow in 1958 by Dorothy Bacon DeMuth, and the gifts of the Burrell Family, Otto Schoepfle, John Caley, the City of Lorain, Buddy Miller, Eric Nord and others, the park district has steadily grown to over 9,000 acres.
The Park District is supported by a 1.3-mill levy property tax, earned income and a variety of sponsors and gifts. Capital improvements are financed by maintaining operating costs below annual revenues and utilizing grants, donations, and trusts.
Since 1986, the number of programs offered by the Naturalist Department has grown from 386 to the current level of over 1,600. Through these programs, the citizens of Lorain County experience diverse offerings regarding the natural and cultural resources of Lorain County, in addition to a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
The demand for public programs has grown significantly since 1986. The Park District strives to offer programs county-wide for all ages and abilities on a wide variety of topics. Programs are often offered in schools, nursing homes, community centers, and related locations.
Through the generous contributions of individuals, groups, corporations, and foundations, the Park District is able to provide a variety of services and facilities beyond the limitations of its tax levy. Oftentimes, these gifts are overlooked by the community.
The Lorain County Metropolitan Park District was established for the responsible use, enjoyment, and accessibility of every citizen of Lorain County.
The Park District acquires land to promote and demonstrate the wise use of our natural resources.
The Park District strives to preserve and create a diversity of ecosystems while providing educational and recreational opportunities which are compatible with and promote conservation of these resources.