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Lake Metroparks - Now and for future generations


Over half a century ago, visionary citizens of Ohio's smallest county began campaigning to set aside land for future parks. To conserve and preserve the natural resources of Lake County, Lake Metroparks was formed in 1958 under the authority of Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code and is a separate political subdivision of the state of Ohio. The park district encompasses a total of 36 parks and 8,196 acres. Its boundaries are coterminous with the boundaries of Lake County, Ohio, located immediately east of Cuyahoga County. The southern shoreline of Lake Erie forms the northern boundary of the park district.

The Lake County Probate Court Judge, Mark J. Bartolotta, appoints a three-member board of citizens to govern Lake Metroparks. Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners Gretchen Skok DiSanto, Dennis E. Eckart and Frank J. Polivka serve, without compensation, for three-year alternating terms. In March of each year, the Board of Park Commissioners appoints an Executive Director who serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Park District. The current Executive Director is Paul Palagyi.

Park District Priorities

Executive Director Paul Palagyi explains park district priorities as, "First and foremost we will continue to provide the citizens of Lake County and the broader region with the clean, safe and outstanding parks and outdoor education programming that they have come to expect from their Lake Metroparks.

Staff are looking for new ways and creating new opportunities for people to enjoy their parks."

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Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

This is the 22nd Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Lake Metroparks (hereafter, also referred to as the “Park District”). This report conforms to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and provides full and complete disclosure of the financial position and operations of the Park District for the year ended December 31, 2011.

This CAFR represents a continuing commitment by the Finance Division and the management of the Park District to provide prudent financial information of Park District resources and to demonstrate stewardship of the funds granted to the Park District by the voters of Lake County.


Lake Metroparks board and staff maintain a genuine commitment to the community, which is reflected in the balanced offering of programs shaped to fulfill the agency's mission:

To conserve and preserve the natural resources of Lake County while providing a variety of safe, affordable and enjoyable educational and recreational programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in Lake County now and for the generations to follow.

What's Here

Portions of two state designated wild and scenic rivers - and many tributaries - flow through and are protected by Lake Metroparks. In addition to protecting watersheds and open space, Lake Metroparks annually provides nearly two-and-a-half million visitors with countless recreational and educational experiences at diverse facilities including an agriculturally themed park, a nature center, a state-of-the-art education and wildlife rehabilitation center, two golf courses, more than 50 miles of trails including a 4.8-mile paved bike/hike trail, six parks on Lake Erie's shoreline and a cross-country ski center.