Wood County Park District is rich in history

Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a series of stories on the Wood County Park District.

Established as places to escape the urban landscape, public parks began to grow in popularity in the mid 1800s. Advocated by the American Medical Association, the first parks were large gardens with walkways, ponds and a lush green landscape.

The concept of an organized city park system began in Chicago in the 1870s and in 1893, the Massachusetts legislature expanded the idea to create the first regional park system.

It wasn’t until 1917 that Ohio created special park districts, the first of which was established in Cleveland. Akron followed suit in 1921.

 

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