The Parks of My Town
Upper Sandusky Travel Blog› entry 3 of 14 › view all entries
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 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 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.
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.