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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.


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, Frank J. Polivka and John C. Redmond 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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Lake Metroparks 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

This is the 25th Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Lake Metroparks. 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, 2014. Responsibility for both the accuracy of the data and the completeness and fairness of the presentation, including all disclosures, rests with the Park District’s management. To the best of our knowledge and beliefs, the enclosed data are accurate in all material respects and are reported in a manner designed to present fairly the financial position of the entity as a whole and results of operations of the various funds of the Park District. All disclosures necessary to enable the reader to gain an understanding of the Park District’s financial activities have been included.


Download Lake Metroparks 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report  PDF (5.16 MB)

Lake Metroparks Qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Columbus – A recent financial audit of Lake Metroparks (Lake County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. Lake Metroparks’ excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

“Taxpayers expect accurate financial records from their local governments,” Auditor Yost said. “Lake Metroparks’ dedication to accountability is evident.”

The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

  • The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in the form of a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report);
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;
  • The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to:


    • Ethics referrals
    • Questioned costs less than $10,000
      Lack of timely report submission
    • Reconciliation
      Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit
    • Findings for recovery less than $100
      Public meetings or public records
    • No other financial or other concerns exist that involve eligible entity.


    A full copy of each report is available online. Download Lake Metroparks 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report  PDF (5.16 MB)

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 over 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.