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Portage Parks Master Plan Community Meeting

The Portage Park District is offering an opportunity for the public to review a Draft of the Comprehensive Parks Master Plan on Monday, December 5th, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna. 167 E. Main St. Ravenna, OH 44266 Haymaker/Jenkins Room in basement.

The Portage Park District has completed a Final Draft of the Comprehensive Parks Master Plan to guide the District and its use of levy funds over the next ten years. Led by planning consultant Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., the Master Plan project has included public input through a variety of ways to determine the needs and opportunities for parks, trails and programs across the county. The project also involved the creation of conceptual park plans to identify appropriate uses and facilities for over 1,000 acres of Park District lands in ten areas that have not yet been opened to the public.

The format of the community meeting will include a power point presentation with highlights of the plan, as well as maps and informational boards. Comment forms will be available as well as binders of the Master Plan.

The Portage Park District’s mission is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment. For more information call (330) 297-7728 or visit PortageParkDistrict.org/MasterPlan

elizabeth-garnerPark Commissioner Retiring

After dedicating 10 years of volunteer service as a member of the Portage Park District Board of Commissioners, Elizabeth Tomasko Garner has decided to retire her commission at the end of 2016. Betsy has seen the Park District through some rough times as we were scraping by in extremely lean budget years, on through the successful campaign to gain stable public funding with our first park levy in 2014. As an attorney she brought her legal expertise to park district deliberations, as well as being instrumental in advising and establishing the non-profit Portage Park District Foundation which was essential to raising donations that kept the Park District operating over the years. Betsy’s insights, honest assessments, open communication and overall love for the Portage County community and parks is greatly appreciated. While we will miss her presence on the Board, we know she still holds a special place in her heart for the Park District, and we look forward to continuing to see her in the parks and at events. Thanks Betsy!

Portage County Probate Judge Robert Berger will be appointing her replacement; for more information about the application process, please contact the Park District office at 330-297-7728 or [email protected].

Holiday Art Sale and Gallery Reception portage-park-district-foundation

Reception and Sale: Friday December 9th 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Art Sale: Saturday December 10th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday December 11th, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the Opening Reception for the FIRST Portage Park District Foundation Holiday Art Sale. Featuring the work of over 30 artists, you’ll appreciate their wonderful talents and perhaps find unique holiday gifts that will also support the work of the Portage Park District.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, December 9th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Gallery, 141 East Main Street, Kent, next door to McKay Bricker Gallery and Framing. You’ll be able to meet some of the artists, connect with other Portage Park District supporters, and enjoy some sips and snacks.

Questions?? Please contact Foundation President and event organizer Sally Kandel, [email protected] or 330-734-8966.

Upcoming Events portage-park-upcoming-events

December 3rd 9:00 a.m. Towner’s Woods Hike with Portage Trail Walkers – Join the Portage Trail Walkers for a group hike at Towner’s Woods. Be sure to dress warm and meet near the trailhead. Towner’s Woods 2264 Ravenna Rd. Kent, OH 44240

December 5th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Parks Comprehensive Master Plan Community Meeting – The Portage Park District is offering an opportunity for the public to review a Draft of the Comprehensive Parks Master Plan in a community forum. The format of the meeting will include a power point presentation with highlights of the plan, as well as maps and informational boards. Reed Memorial Library Haymaker/Jenkins Room 167 East Main St. Ravenna, OH 44266

December 9th 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Nature’s Store Art Show Opening Reception – The Portage Park District Foundation presents an art show featuring regional artists with nature-inspired art work. Come meet the artists, share a sip and a snack. All art work is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds supporting Portage Parks. Downtown Gallery141 East Main Street, Kent, OH 44240

December 10th 9:00 a.m. PORTAGE Hike & Bike Trail Hike with Portage Trail Walkers – Join the Portage Trail Walkers for a group hike on the PORTAGE. Meet at the Cleveland Rd. trailhead for a 5 mile hike. PORTAGE Cleveland Rd. Trailhead 535 Cleveland Rd. Ravenna, OH 44266

December 10th – 11th Nature’s Store Holiday Art Show & Sale – The Portage Park District Foundation is sponsoring an art show at the Downtown Gallery in Kent featuring regional artists with nature-inspired art work. Holiday Sale times are as follows: December 10th – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; December 11th – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Downtown Gallery 141 East Main Street, Kent, OH 44240

Friends of Portage Parks giving-tuesday

The annual “Friends of Portage Parks” giving campaign is now underway. Support local parks, trails and conservation through your own gift to the Portage Park District Foundation, and/or a gift for someone else. It can be enjoyed all year long, and will warm your heart besides.

Click here to make an online gift or mail a check to Portage Park District Foundation @ 705 Oakwood St., Ste G-4 Ravenna, OH 44266, and we’ll be happy to send you a gift acknowledgement. Thanks!

There’s Still Time!wildhikes-challenge

Run, walk, jog or skip on eight of our wonderful trails before December 31st. The trails range from one to three miles and are rated easy to moderate. Complete the Challenge & be eligible for a hiking staff and a 2016 Wild Hikes medallion, commemorating the Park District’s 25th Anniversary. Participants are encouraged to include family members and dogs (leashed) on hikes. While dogs won’t get a hiking staff if they complete the trails, they can earn a tag for their collar! Download the 2016 Wild Hikes Formsportage-parks-25


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