|History of Pickaway
County Park District
The Park District was formed January 28, 2002 by a
resolution and petition to the Probate Court of Pickaway
County by the Pickaway County Commissioners, John Stevenson, Ula Jean Metzler and Robert Huffer.
On February 22, 2002 a public hearing was held at the
Pickaway County Court House in the Probate Court. Judge Jan
Michael Long presided over the hearing and finding no
objections established the Park District.
His finding was that the creation of a Park District would
enhance the orderly growth and development of Pickaway
County. It would benefit the citizens of Pickaway County in
preservation of green space, development of recreational
activities and promote healthy lifestyles. It would
facilitate the preservation of historical and cultural
history of the County and serve as a means of pursuing
grants and endowments for the purpose of maintaining and
operating park land and facilities for the benefit of
citizens of Pickaway County, Ohio.
The first three commissioners appointed to serve were Ken
Temple, Marcia Hall and Paul Pence. In January of 2003 Paul
Pence resigned and Kenneth Speakman was appointed for a 3
In April of 2005 the Park Commissioners passed a resolution
to expand the board from 3 to 5 commissioners in accordance
with Ohio house bill 367. The two new commissioners
appointed by the court were Charles Babb and Peter
Hartinger. Marsha Hall finished her 3 year term on December
31, 2005 and Marty Delamatre was appointed for a 3 year term
to replace Marsha Hall.
January 1, 2005 the five commissioners serving on the board
are: Ken Temple, Kenneth Speakman, Charles Babb, Peter
Hartinger, and Marty Delamatre. The current treasurer is
Bill Weldon who has served since 2002. Webmaster for
the district website is Michael W. Moore of Ashville, Ohio.
In November of 2006 the Park District signed a lease
management agreement with the State of Ohio, Division of
Land Management to lease all canal land owned by the state
in Pickaway County for a period of 15 years. The Park
District also has the option to extend the lease 15 years.
Plans are to develop walking trails where applicable.
Website by Michael W. Moore