Geauga Park District’s Veterans Legacy Woods Wins Statewide Parks and Recreation Award

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) has announced its 2022 Annual Awards of Excellence winners, and among them is a 3rd place award for Geauga Park District’s Veterans Legacy Woods: Phase I in the “Capital Improvement – $1 Million to $2.5 Mill” category.


A former-golf-course-turned-Nature-sanctuary located at 14085 Ravenna Road on the border of Newbury and Burton townships, Veterans Legacy Woods now honors the legacy of anyone who has served in our Armed Forces and provides a place for them and their families to relax, reflect, and be remembered by the community. This 180-acre property quickly gained recognition as Geauga County’s 27th county park and its first park of any kind dedicated to U.S. Veterans.


From spring 2021 through a dedication event this June, Phase I focused on the existing upper portion of this property’s former clubhouse area, parking lots and maintenance building. Today, visitors can find opportunities for hiking, picnicking, fishing, birdwatching, dog walking and playing on a Nature-based playground designed for ages 2-12. More than 13,800 vehicles pulled in from mid-April through September, full of folks appreciating the value of this new and improved natural space. To read the complete award application, visit under News & Updates.


“It’s an honor to be recognized by our peer organization Ohio Parks and Recreations Association for Veterans Legacy Woods,” said Geauga Park District Executive Director John Oros. “Our goal for this park was to create a special place for our Geauga County Armed Services community – a special place to recognize the service and sacrifice of our military community. We hope our Geauga County veterans and active-duty military will enjoy countless hours with family and friends at this special park, and that anyone who visits takes a moment to appreciate their service. Thanks to Ohio Parks and Recreation Association for recognizing this park as one of the best in the State of Ohio.”


The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio and will be formally presented at a banquet hosted by the association on January 31, 2023, at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.


“Parks and recreation professionals throughout Ohio work every day to improve the quality of life of the people they serve,” said OPRA Executive Director Woody Woodward.  “This effort is a shining example of that kind of work, and we are pleased to be able to present this award.”


Incorporated in 1963, OPRA is a non-profit, public interest organization representing over 2000 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio’s natural resources, positively impacting local economies and health and wellness of its citizens.



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