Calling all photographers of all ages.  This is our 44th annual photography contest.  This year’s contest will be a little different with all digital photo submission.   Please see the complete rules on how to enter your photos.  Cash awards sponsored by Alloway Environmental Testing Services.          PHOTO CONTEST RULES (2020)



After much thought and consideration the Park District has made the decision to put the acceptance of any new shelter/facility reservations including reservations for 2021 on hold due to COVID-19.  Reservation acceptance will remain on hold through the remainder of 2020 and will be re-evaluated based on COVID-19 on January 15, 2021.  We are currently working on implementing an online reservation system for when reservations can resume.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Welcome to the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District

Regardless of your age there is something to enjoy at the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District’s 14 park locations. The parks are open daily year round.

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(2355 Ada Rd. Lima, OH)


Programs & Events

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Programs & Events




Shelter Reservations

 2020 shelter reservations are now being accepted. Reservations can be made at the Park District Office located at 2355 Ada Road, Lima, OH or by calling 419-221-1232 .

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Shelter Reservations

Outdoor Gathering

PicnicingOutdoor Gathering

Whether you’re planning a family reunion, company picnic, sports banquet, graduation party or wedding, the Metroparks offers a variety of covered rental facilities for your reservation needs.  There are several picnic tables scattered throughout the parks for an impromptu picnic for individuals to use without reservation.




The MetroParks ponds are the perfect place to fish without a fishing license.  Bass, Bluegill and Catfish can be found in the park ponds.  For those with a fishing license, the Lima Lake Reservoir located in Ottawa Metro Park (2632 Ada Road, Lima, OH) is open 24 hours daily.  Bass, Bluegill, Catfish, Perch, Crappie and Saugeye can be found in the reservoir.



Swimming Swimming

Have fun with family and friends this summer at the Ottawa Metro Park Beach.  The 450’ beach is a clean family-oriented environment with certified lifeguards on duty.

Daily passes and season passes are available.



Camping Camping

Our friendly family-oriented self registering campground features thirty spacious campsites with three handicap assessable sites.  Each site has water and electric (minimum of 50 amp), picnic table and fire ring.  A dump station is on site for larger units.


Hiking and Biking

Walking Hiking and Biking

Hiking opportunities abound in the MetroParks with over 30 miles of trails for your adventure.  Nearly every park has hiking trails with surfaces ranging from grass to wood chips to stone and/or asphalt.



Boating Boating

Enjoy a day of boating and fishing on the 89 acre Lima Lake Reservoir at Ottawa Metro Park.  Open 24 hours a day for the avid fisherman with both wind powered and electric boats can be used on the up-ground reservoir. A fishing license is required for those 16 years of age or older.


Frisbee Golf

Frisbee Golf Frisbee Golf

Try your hand at the 18 hole Frisbee Disc Golf Course at Ottawa Metro Park.  The course begins at the meadow on the south side of the Peace Memorial Grove (1000 white pine trees) located just to the southwest of the amphitheater/band shell.



Archery Archery

All ages of beginners and professionals can enjoy the Evans Archery Range.  The range has three separate areas: 1) a beginner course at ground level with targets at 4, 10, 15 and 20 yards; 2) an elevated platform with targets at 10, 20 , 30 and 40 yards; and 3) a professional course with targets at 25, 35 45, 50 and 60 yards.



Park District Foundation

The Park District Foundation of Allen County is a non-profit corporation operated exclusively for the benefit of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District. The Foundation provides the means whereby anyone can share in the fine work of the Park District through planned giving. Donations of all sizes are appreciated.