About Wooster Memorial Park


Consisting of 422 acres, the Park is known for its wooded, steep ravines and scenic Rathburn Run, a tributary of the Little Killbuck Creek that bisects the Park. Native woodland wildflowers are abundant in April and May, and the many trees provide picturesque autumn colors.

Wooster Memorial Park was created through the vision of Paul S. Spangler (1900-1986). A Wooster native and high school teacher, Mr. Spangler long dreamed of this area becoming a park. In 1961, he began a series of land donations to the City of Wooster (133 acres), stipulating that the area be named ‘Wooster Memorial Park’ in memory of his family and his strong faith. Through local foundations, the City purchased 121 acres of land (part of the Becker farm) northwest of Mr. Spangler’s gift. In June 1963, with Mr. Spangler and Mayor Robert Culbertson in attendance, Wooster Memorial Park was dedicated. An additional 71 acre Strock property, purchased with Clean Ohio funds, were added to the park in 2007. In 2008 the Monitor bank 6 acres were added. In 2013 the Kenwood property added 49.2 acres to the park that was converted into ADA accessible trails in 2018. In 2018 the park acquired both the Roller (34.4 acres) and Tooley (16.3 acres) properties bringing the total acreage of the park to 422 acres.

Wooster Memorial Park has been designated by the City of Wooster as an area that will be preserved in its natural state in perpetuity. 

Wooster Memorial Park

Pavilion Guidelines 


  • Pavilions can be rented from April 1st to October 31st. To ensure availability call 330-263-5207 to reserve.


  • No alcohol is permitted in any city parks.


  • Fires in designated fire rings allowed with pavilion rental. Firewood will be provided.



  • All trash must be picked up at the end of event. Fee will be issued.


  • Dogs must be cleaned up after, and be leashed.


  • Park is open dawn to dusk.


Winter Hike

Sunday, January 5th, 2:00pm

Forest Bathing

Saturday, January 18th 5pm

Saturday, February 8th 5:30pm

Saturday, March 7th 6pm

Saturday, April 4 7:30pm

Winter Night Hike

Friday, February 7th, 7:00pm

Winter Hike

Sunday, March 1st, 2:00pm

Early Signs of Spring

Sunday, March 22nd, 2:00pm


Saturday, April 4th, 8:00am

Spring Wildflowers

Sunday, April 26th, 2:00pm



Park closes 30 minutes after sundown.

5197 Silver Rd. Wooster, Oh 44691

This primitive park is located at the intersection of Jefferson and Silver Roads, west of Wooster, off U.S. 250.


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