County park district putting together strategic plan

Seneca County Park District is entering the home stretch of completing a strategic plan that will guide the district into the future.

The district has a meeting Wednesday evening for people involved with the park district to review the findings of the six-member strategic planning task force and begin to prioritize the results. If anybody is interesting in attending, it is planned for 5:30 p.m. prior to the park board’s 7 p.m. meeting in the conference room of the RTA Building downtown.

Since last May, task force members have been talking to people, providing surveys and collecting information to discover people’s opinions on the park district’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as suggestions for changes, additions or deletions.

The committee wanted to find out what people perceived as important in the county parks.

None of the results have been made public yet, but comments have included everything from how beautiful the parks are, and at least one person who said he wasn’t aware there was a park district.

The task force is being led by Bill McAllister, who was appointed to the park board early last year. As former director of Fostoria’s Geary Family YMCA, he had undertaken strategic plans in the past and offered his experience to the park district.

Joining McAllister on the task force are Jim Nordholt from the board, John Crumrine and Karin Brown representing Friends of the Seneca County Park District, and community members Lori Hall of Tiffin University and Cathy Nagle-Ervin of Eastern National, a retailer that works with the National Park Service.

They have been collecting input from personal interviews with county, city, village and township officials, as well as agencies, organizations, community members and park volunteers.

The task force offered surveys to the public – on paper and online – and McAllister said seven main topics have been identified.

Because muzzleloader season is Saturday through Tuesday, we’re close to the end of deer-gun seasons. So I invite people to send me interesting deer-hunting stories from this season for a future column. I’ve received a few messages regarding kids who got their first deer and some hunters who got good-sized deer this year.

Anybody who has a good deer-hunting story should send it to me at Include a photo of the person. We don’t use photos of dead deer.

Vicki Johnson is The A-T’s outdoor writer.