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 17 park locations. The parks are open daily year round.
2023 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
Calling photographers of all ages – submit your photos! This is our 47th year; lets make it the best yet! This contest is designed to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of our own backyard. As such, we will be accepting only those photos taken in Allen County, Ohio.
There are 4 categories for your entry:
1. Specific Nature Flora (plants, mushrooms)
2. Specific Nature Fauna (animals)
4. Parks Potpourri
Youth and adult entries will be judged separately. Cash awards will be given for Best of Show and to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category for youth and adult competitions. Awards are sponsored by Alloway Environmental Testing.
Photos can be submitted/uploaded by following the link below:
Reservations can be made online except for the following facilities:
- Allen County Farm Park
- Lauer Historical Farm
- The Lee & Ruby Roebuck shelter at Deep Cut Historical Park
Please call the Park District Office at 419-221-1232 if you are interested in reserving one of the above listed facilities.
Things To Do
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. The donate button can be used for Friends of the Parks donations as well as memorial donation in memory or in honor of someone.