Portage Park District News & Announcements

Map for mulching process at Towner's Woods

Forestry Mulcher Used to Remove Invasive Shrubs at Towner's Woods

Portage Park District’s Natural Areas team has been busy out at Towner’s Woods over the last few weeks.  Visitors to the park may have... more ››

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PPD Welcomes Renee Ruchotzke to the Board of Commissioners

Portage Park District has a new Board Commissioner, Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee), sworn in on February 28, 2023.

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From the Trail, Chief Ranger Kevin Nietert

I have been working for the Portage Park District since February, and I genuinely love the experience. Everyone I have met on the trails... more ››

map of Bird Bog family preserve boundaries

Your Portage Parks Grow Again!

The Portage Park District is excited to announce the acquisition of a 171-acre property on Old Forge Road, Rootstown, to be known as the... more ››

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Dix Park opens family-focused amenities!

The Portage Park District is thrilled to offer two new family-focused amenities at Dix Park this summer for the community to enjoy!

Commissioner Scott McKinney smiling with sunglasses in the parks

Thank You Commissioner Scott McKinney for your service to Portage Parks!

Commissioner McKinney has left a strong legacy for YOUR Portage Parks and his leadership and talents will be missed.

Park District Requests Bids for Camp Spelman Property

The Portage Park District (PPD) Board of Commissioners (the Board) is soliciting offers for the purchase of Camp Spelman, a 58-acre... more ››

Seasons Road Fen Map

The Momentum Continues! Park District acquires new property

We are excited to announce our most recent acquisition - a 112-acre parcel on Seasons Road, Streetsboro, known as the Tinkers Creek... more ››

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Portage DD Special Olympics: Hiking Thru the Pandemic

In 2020, along with other sporting programs, Special Olympics Ohio sports halted. In the fall of that year, the Portage DD Special Olympics... more ››

Ribbon Cutting at HWT Mennonite Crossing, photo credit: George Rose

Winter Solstice Brings New Trail Entrance for Headwaters Trail in Mantua

On Tuesday, December 21, in celebration of the Solstice, the Portage Park District proudly cut the ribbon on a 1,000-foot... more ››

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Portage Park District Plants 30 acres of Trees in honor of 30th Anniversary

As challenges to forest health, including invasive species, disease and fragmentation continue to mount, Portage Park District aims to do... more ››

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Virtual Programming

We are proud to share this recent article published in the Ohio Parks and Recreation Associations Fall magazine. Our engagement and... more ››

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Ohio Department of Wildlife - Fish Sampling at Trail Lake Park

If you were at Trail Lake Park on the morning of September 9, you may have noticed something a little unusual out on the water.  The ODNR’s... more ››

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Portage County Trails – A New Route for Cross-Country Cyclists

Author: Pete Mohan, volunteer

#Myportageparks Staff Highlights

Io Moth, photo Joe DeFuria

An Evening with Moths

Nature Nugget (noun: a small piece of nature knowledge shared with friends) 

Day of Caring Volunteers partner with Portage Park District

United Way of Portage County's Day of Caring is an annual event in which volunteers from various sectors are paired with non-profit and... more ››

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Fish with a Cop Reels in Fun!

Portage Park District held its first Fish with a Cop program Saturday, June 26 at Trail Lake Park in Streetsboro. Chief Ranger Steele of... more ››

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Here we Grow Again!

(Hiram Township, OH) – Portage Park District recently acquired and has permanently conserved 325 acres in Hiram Township,... more ››

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Dive Rescue Training to be held at Trail Lake Park

(Streetsboro, OH) On February 16, 17, and 18, the Streetsboro Fire Department, in cooperation with the Portage Park... more ››