• Water Safety 5/24/2017 1:08:36 PM
  • Summer is almost here and boating season is right around the corner. It’s a great time to remind everyone to be very careful when out on the water. The number one tip is to always wear a life jacket properly. It is the single best way to avoid a fatal drowning incident while out on the water. Wearing a life jacket while paddling is just like wearing a seatbelt while driving. If worn properly it may save your life. Other tips include letting someone “on shore” know when you are expecting to return, monitoring the weather, dressing appropriately and scanning ahead for hazards. Enjoy boating season safely...the Miami County Park District has great launching areas at Maple Ridge Reserve, Twin Arch and Farrington Reserve. Be safe and have fun!
  • Wetlands – Learn! Explore! Take Action! 5/24/2017 1:15:55 PM
  • Your Miami County Parks contain valuable wetlands that help protect water quality and provide critical habitat for plants and wildlife. A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water either permanently or seasonally. They help improve water quality, increase water storage and supply, reduce flooding and provide critical habitat for plants,fish and wildlife. As a matter of fact, the wetland habitat sustains more life than almost any other ecosystem. They also provide a buffer between land and water, protecting the water from pollutants such as fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides. This habitat holds water and is wet during much of the growing season. When the land floods, wetlands work like a sponge to trap and filter out chemicals and sediment preventing it from entering our streams and rivers. Stillwater Prairie Reserve, Honeycreek Preserve, Lost Creek Reserve and Hobart Urban Nature Preserve all have wetlands. At Garbry Big Woods Reserve, the restroom facility uses wetlands as its sanitary filtration system. It is one of the first restrooms of its kind in the state of Ohio! Learn more about how you can help protect our valuable wetlands at