Metro Parks dedicates off-trail reserve in honor of Tad Jeffrey


Family and friends of Robert “Tad” Jeffrey met at Three Creeks Park last week to celebrate Tad’s life and his dedication to Metro Parks. The occasion marked the opening of a beautifully constructed scenic overlook deck, with views of a 90-acre area dedicated as the Robert “Tad” Jeffrey Off-Trail Reserve. The Reserve includes the confluence of Big Walnut, Alum and Blacklick Creeks, for which Three Creeks Park was named, and one of Tad’s favorite areas.

The Robert “Tad” Jeffrey Off-Trail Reserve was established by a resolution of the Metro Parks Board, to honor Tad’s 16 years of service as a Park Board Commissioner and his legendary commitment to making Metro Parks the number one choice for residents of Central Ohio looking to get out in nature. During Tad’s time on the park board, Metro Parks doubled its acreage to protect wildlife habitat and enhance opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature.

Tad hiked every trail in the park system and frequently bushwhacked off the beaten path to explore, enjoy and have a little fun in nature. In the spirit of Tad, we at Metro Parks challenge you to veer off-trail and head deep into the woods and swing on a tree limb. Let the mud ooze between your toes as you wade in the waters of the confluence, where Blacklick, Big Walnut and Alum Creeks flow together. We encourage you to share your off-trail escapades online @cbusmetroparks #cbusmetroparks