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Posted: April 16, 2018
18th Annual Meeting
On April 11 the Friends of Wooster Memorial Park held their 18th annual meeting. A gathering of 25 members shared a short social time eating pizza and snacks provided by the board of directors. Following there was a business meeting highlighting the year’s accomplishments. These included the purchase of close to 57 acres of land known as the Roller (40 acres) and the Tooley (~17 acres) properties. Monies for the purchase were obtained through Clean Ohio grants from the Ohio Public Works Commission. A capital campaign was held in December to acquire a needed $18,000 for in kind contributions for the Roller grant. A generous $5,000 donation from the Killbuck Watershed Land Trust along with donations from 58 additional contributors generated $21,165. The additional funds will be used toward projects on the property. Another major accomplishment this year was the planning of and construction of ADA trails, boardwalks, bridge and overlooks on the Kenwood Acres. Monies were obtained for the project from 7 grants, local donations, and in kind contributions through volunteers working on a variety of projects. All trails have been graded and stoned and the bridge, boardwalks and overlooks have been installed. We are looking forward to completing the project this summer.
Other projects included removal of invasive shrubs and plants to beautify the park, building a new bridge to replace a failing one near the park entrance, clearing trails of fallen trees, many educational hikes, a fall hiking challenge, development of the website and Facebook page, and a significant increase in membership.
Following the business meeting, Skip Nault, OARDC Entomology Prof Emeritus & Pres, Clear Forks River Trout Unlimited presented, “Establishing a Trout Fishery in Apple Creek at Wooster’s Grosjean Park.” It was a fascinating look at establishing a trout fishery in Apple Creek at Wooster’s Grosjean Park and the importance of diversity in waterways.
It has been a successful and productive year and we’re all looking forward to the great things to come this coming year. An enjoyable time was had by all.