Established in 1945, Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District "Metro Parks" features 16 outstanding natural area parks with more than 175 miles of trails, and protects more than 27,000 acres of land and water in seven Central Ohio counties. Metro Parks offers free educational and recreational opportunities every day of the year that will excite your senses and rekindle your spirit.
Metro Parks is a separate political subdivision of the state of Ohio organized under Ohio Revised Code Section 1545 to conserve natural resources and provide natural area parks for people to enjoy. Setting Metro Parks' policy and directing the course of the Park District is a three-citizen Board of Park Commissioners appointed to three-year terms by the Judge of the Probate Court of Franklin County. Click here for Board of Commissioners.
The Park Board appoints the Executive Director of Metro Parks who oversees all aspects of the Metro Parks management and operations. John R. O'Meara has served as Executive Director of Metro Parks since 1998.
The tremendous growth and enduring popularity of Metro Parks is due to the strong support of the community - as voters, as volunteers and as visitors. Each year more than seven million people escape from the hustle of their everyday world to enjoy the Metro Parks. The most important source of income for Metro Parks is the 10-year, 0.75 mill levy approved by Franklin County voters in 2009. The levy provides a sound financial base for operating and improving existing parks, as well as acquiring additional land for future preservation. Individual and corporate donations, bequests and gifts are also very important for Metro Parks - allowing for many programs, facilities, and even the purchase of land that otherwise would not be possible. Click here to contact Metro Parks.