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Hermon Woodlands Metro Park

The Park District Foundation purchased the land for Hermon Woodlands Metro Park through an estate gift from Carole E. Hermon in 2014.  The donation from Carole helped leverage funds though the Clean to the Park District Foundation of Allen County.  Carole’s donation also garnered a Clean Ohio Fund grant by establishing the funds for the local match to secure the grant.  These additional funds helped provide for the purchase and site development of the park.

There are some unique features of Hermon Woodlands that are not found anywhere else in the Park District.

The first being the ImagiNature Playscape which allows children and families the opportunity to play and use their imagination in the natural environment.  Activities include fort building climbing trees, creek exploration, sand and gravel play area, a rope swing, and underground tunnel, and plenty of areas for hide and seek.  The second being the Storybook trail, which is a great way to read in a unique way.  It is a wonderful way for families to learn and read together while hiking along the south trail.

Shelter Information

Shelter Name: Hermon East Shelter

Capacity: 70

Fee: $125

Shelter Name: Hermon West Shelter

Capacity: 70

Fee: $125


Hermon Woodlands is located at 485 N. Wapak Road in American Township, 1/2 mile south of St. Rt. 81 (Allentown Road) in Lima.


  • 71 acres
  • 2 Reservable enclosed shelters
  • Water, restroom facilities
  • 2 miles of hiking trails
  • Children’s “ImagiNature” Playscape – A unique outdoor area enriched with natural features that provide children the opportunity to use their imagination and adventure in an educational and developmental environment.  Activity pods include fort building, climbing on trees, exploring along a creek, sand and pea gravel enclosure, rope swing, tunnel through a hillside, plenty of area for hide and seek.
  • Storybook Trail – Experience great children’s stories in a unique way.  It is a wonderful way for families to read and play together.  Twenty pedestals, each display 2 pages of a children’s story with activities between stops.