Seneca Ponds and Jeddo Station Eagle Scout projects

Life Scout Mason Seachrist, Troop 252 of Kent
Project location: Seneca Ponds
Mason’s project was to identify a section of the trail and determine material types and amounts needed to adequately resurface the section. Once he completed his assessment, Mason obtained and installed the materials. Mason used 90 tons of gravel to resurface the trail. He also constructed and installed a section of boardwalk along the trail.
Life Scout Chad Angermeier, Troop 4262 of Garrettsville
Project location: Headwaters Trail at State Route 700
Chad’s project began early this summer and involved bringing the memorial for the Jeddo railroad station back to life for visitors to enjoy. Chad was to rehab the site, research and install a historically correct interpretive plaque at the location. The interpretive plaque will be installed in September.

Morning Bird Program July 21

Start your day off right! Join us for a morning birding program at Towner’s Woods.

Your guide, Leann Whyte will meet you in the parking lot at 7:30 a.m.

Binoculars and field guides will be available for participants to use during the program.

Towner’s Woods Park

2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH 4240  Franklin Township, Portage County OH

Park District Foundation Juried Arts & Crafts Sale

The Portage Park District Foundation is looking for artists to submit their work in a juried arts and crafts show held December 7th & 8th, 2017 3:00-8:00pm at the Downtown Gallery, 141 East Main Street, Kent, OH 44240.  Artists must complete the online entry form below by November 1, 2017 for consideration:

“We are looking to promote regional artists with nature-inspired artwork,” said Sally Kandel, Portage Park Foundation Vice President.

All items will be sold on consignment with 60% of selling price to the artist and 40% of selling price to support the Portage Park District Foundation. Receptions will be held on both nights.

“Our mission is to generate revenues for the park district to assist with special projects and events.  This is a win/win for artists and the parks,” said Beth Buchanan, Portage Park District Foundation Board Member.

Artists will be notified by November 10, 2017 if they have been selected.  There is no cost to apply or to present in the show.  Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply.

“We want to thank Kent State School of Art for its support with this project,” said Kandel.

For more information please visit the Portage Park District website or contact Sally Kandel at



July Board Meeting and Budget Public Hearing

Portage Park District 2018 Budget and July Meeting Notice

The July Meeting for the Board of Commissioners of the Portage Park District has been changed to Monday July 10th at 5:30pm.  At this meeting, there will be a public hearing to adopt the 2018 Estimated Tax Budget. The DRAFT 2018 Estimated Tax Budget for the Portage Park District will be available for public review starting June 29th at the Park District office and the Portage County Auditor’s Office, 5th Floor, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna. All Board meetings are held at the Park District office, 705 Oakwood St., Suite G-4 Ravenna, Ohio.  For more information, contact the Park District at 330-297-7728 or

Harold Walker – In Memoriam

We say goodbye to another dedicated environmentalist and Portage Park District supporter this week, Harold Walker passed away on June 20. In Kent, he focused much of his energy on environmental causes. An active member of the Kent Environmental Council, he founded the Friday Morning Environmental Round Table, and was recently honored with the KEC Edith Chase Award for Conservation.

Harold Walker