Nominations needed for 18th Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner

The 18th Annual Portage Environmental Conservation Awards Dinner will take place Saturday April 30th and will feature a reception with live music, hors d’oeuvres featuring local foods, a silent auction, a buffet dinner and more.

The dinner steering committee is seeking nominations for potential awardees to be honored at the event. Nominations for this year’s awards will be considered based on their contributions to Portage County’s environment through education, green business, green development, stewardship or environmental activism.

Nominations should include the nominee’s name and contact information along with a paragraph describing their contribution to Portage County’s environmental conservation.

Environmental Conservation Dinner Nomination & Registration

Send nominations by February 28th to Portage Park District Foundation, 705 Oakwood St. Suite G-4, Ravenna, OH 44266 or email

Fundraising proceeds will benefit the Portage Park District Foundation’s mission to support our local parks and green spaces.

The dinner will be held April 30th at the Kent American Legion, 1945 Mogadore Road from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For additional information, contact: Portage Park District Foundation, (330) 678-9127


Portage Park District Commissioners Appointed to New Positions

The Portage Park District welcomes the new year with new Commissioner appointments. Elected President for 2016 is Elizabeth Tomasko Garner, 1st Vice President Deborah Petrone and 2nd Vice President Charles Engelhart.

Elizabeth Tomasko Garner has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2007, she loves to travel and explore the outdoors. Commissioner Tomasko Garner also operates as an attorney in Portage County, specializing in estate planning & probate law.

Deborah Petrone has served on the Board of Commissioners since November of 2014. Commissioner Petrone resides in Ravenna and is a CPA, Master of Taxation and Principal with Schlabig Certified Public Accountants.

Charles Engelhart has served on the Board of Commissioners since August of 2015. Commissioner Engelhart is a lifelong resident of Portage County and is Director of Parks at Cleveland MetroParks.

Allan Orashan has served on the Board of Commissioners since 1996 and is a realtor for Century 21 Real Estate in Kent. Scott McKinney has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2014, with a prior position on the Portage Park District Foundation Board, he is currently employed with the Kent State University Foundation.

The Portage Park District is an independent government agency whose mission is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment. Commissioners serve without pay and are the governing body of the agency, responsible for hiring the Executive Director, approving budgets and contracts and setting policies and regulations. The District manages over 1,500 acres and 14 miles of hike and bike trails across the county. To learn more, visit, or call the office at 330-297-7728.

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Pictured above from left-Portage Park District Commissioners Allan Orashan, 1st Vice President Deborah Petrone, President Elizabeth Tomasko Garner, 2nd Vice President Charles Engelhart, and Scott McKinney


The Portage Park District is seeking public input regarding improvements to the Headwaters Trail, an  8-mile multipurpose trail from Garrettsville to Mantua.  A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26th, 7:00 pm at the James A. Garfield Elementary School, located at 10207 ST RT 88 in Garrettsville.  The Park District intends to request grant funding to improve the trail, parts of which are almost 20 years old, and would like to hear suggestions for ways to increase its use and enjoyment.  Comments and suggestions are also welcome via mail, email and phone.  For more information, or to submit your ideas, please visit or call 330-297-7728.  Written comments can be sent to or mailed to Portage Park District, 705 Oakwood St. Suite G-4, Ravenna, Ohio 44266
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Headwaters Trail Improvement Survey

The 2016 Wild Hikes Challenge is On!

Do you have a 2016 resolution to lose weight, start exercising or get fit?

We have your solution—Start your year off right with the Wild Hikes Challenge–you can keep your resolutions while exploring Portage County and feeling good about yourself!
If you finish the Challenge before the end of the year and want more, contact us and we will provide you with another challenge form with different hikes throughout the Portage Park District-
Get your Hike On!

Get your 2016 Wild Hikes Challenge forms Here