The Parks of My Town

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Harrison Smith Park Pond

One very big plus for our community is the parks system.  We have been blessed with community leaders who wish to preserve some green space and provide recreation for those residing and visiting Upper Sandusky. 

Harrison Smith Park is located just east of the downtown area.  It is an easy three block walk from the center of town.  This beautiful park has a fishing pond for children, the public swimming pool, several picnic shelters (available for reservations through the mayor's office), wonderful updated children's play areas, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, many areas to relax, and is host in December to Upper's Winter Fantasy of Lights.  The Rotary Band Shell offers free entertainment in the summer months.

Bicentennial Park - Vietnam War Memorial
  Just bring your chair and enjoy bands, singers, and other local entertainment.  Many people use the park in good weather for lunch breaks and a quiet time for relaxation and reflection.

Bicentennial Park is located a few blocks north of downtown.  A real pleasant green space with ample parking, this park has a wonderful picnic shelter and restroom facility.  Also, a kid's climbing structure, skate park, and skateboard bowl are just a few of the amenities offered.  The most visible is the Vietnam War Memorial.  This memorial honors those who served in the war from the county.  All branches of the military are represented and benches, given as gifts to the city by veteran's groups, offer a place for reflection and remembrance.

Stepping Stones Park

Stepping Stones Park is located on the banks of the Sandusky River.  This extensive open area offers three gazebos (has served as a wonderful outdoor setting for weddings), and has a great walking/jogging trail.  The reason for the name - Stepping Stones Park - is that located nearby are large stones place in  the Sandusky River by early settlers to help cross to the other side.   A walking bridge over the river has been constructed to access the green space on the other side.  This bridge has opened up new space for expansion and access to one of the area's newer housing developments.  The bridge is closed to motorized vehicle traffic, but provides walkers, joggers, and roller blading enthusiasts new ground for discovery!   

One of the newer expanded parks is Reservoir Park located east of town.

A Sign Designating The Office of Killdeer Wildlife Area
  This 162 acre reservoir has a disc golf course, fishing, and boating along with picnic areas.  There is a horsepower limit on the reservoir.  Walking/biking, jogging access to this park is available from South Fourth Street and offers a scenic view crossing the Sandusky River.  There is plenty of space for outdoor activities and family reunions.  Parking areas can be reached from either town or just off a county road. 

And finally Waterworks Park is home to softball/baseball fields.  Found just south of town, many athletic activities for all ages are held here. 

Another area, though not located in Upper, is Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in the southern part of Wyandot County.  Managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, this area features 8,000 acres of large grassy prairie areas and marshy land.  This wildlife refuge and habitat is home to waterfowl, deer, small game animals, and other various wildlife including several nesting pairs of bald eagles.  This is a wonderful place for nature watchers and photographers.  With the area's many ponds, fishing is a favorite activity, and in certain sections, many enjoy hunting when in season. 

 

 

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Harrison Smith Park Pond
Harrison Smith Park Pond
Bicentennial Park - Vietnam War Me…
Bicentennial Park - Vietnam War M…
Stepping Stones Park
Stepping Stones Park
A Sign Designating The Office of K…
A Sign Designating The Office of …
Stepping Stones Across Sandusky Ri…
Stepping Stones Across Sandusky R…
Childrens Play Area
Children's Play Area
The Siren
The Siren
The Covered Bridge Over the Park P…
The Covered Bridge Over the Park …
Historical Marker in Harrison Smit…
Historical Marker in Harrison Smi…
More Playground Area
More Playground Area
Vietnam War Memorial
Vietnam War Memorial
On This Day, Swan Were Stopping By…
On This Day, Swan Were Stopping B…
What Do You See?
What Do You See?
The Dark Spot In The Tree Is A Bal…
The Dark Spot In The Tree Is A Ba…
Killdeer Plains - An Ohio Historic…
Killdeer Plains - An Ohio Histori…
Prairies and Grasses
Prairies and Grasses
Looking Out Over The Pond
Looking Out Over The Pond
Canadian Geese Are Plentiful!
Canadian Geese Are Plentiful!
I Found This Little Fellow
I Found This Little Fellow
Lots of Swan
Lots of Swan
Duck Nesting Box In The Marsh
Duck Nesting Box In The Marsh
Hello Up There!
Hello Up There!
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