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The Erie County Metropolitan Park District was created in 1968, with the name changed to Erie MetroParks in 1991.  Starting with Osborn MetroPark (formerly the Osborn Prison Honor Farm), Erie MetroParks has grown to include 13 parks or preserves.  Many of the properties that are managed by the park district are maintained in their natural state in keeping with the role assigned by the Ohio Revised Code.  Areas used for active recreation are designed to have minimal impact on the natural environment of the parks.  Each park is very unique and allows for a variety of activities for people of all ages!

Upcoming Events



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Wonderful Watercolors

Osborn MetroPark

Anyone can create your own watercolor painting by following step by step demonstration by watercolor artist and teacher Clela Neale. Registration is required.




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Enchanted Story Time

The Enchanted Cottage

Come enjoy an interactive story time at The Cottage with puppets, finger plays, and more! All ages with accompanying adult.  Registration required.




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Get Fit Club

Osborn MetroPark

Join instructor Galia Hilbert and dance the winter away with this upbeat ZUMBA workout! Get ready to sweat! Please bring a yoga mat. 


Our Mission

Under the provisions of the Ohio Revised Code, the mission of Erie MetroParks is to preserve, conserve, protect, and enhance the natural and unique historical resources of the park district. Further, to provide opportunities for visitors and residents to use, enjoy, understand and appreciate these resources in a responsible, sustainable manner.

Erie MetroParks is supported by funds created by a small property tax levy, which periodically comes up for renewed voter approval. In 2014, the cost per Erie County property valued at $100k was $33.69 per year. Thanks to your continued support, the people of Erie County will be able to enjoy the benefits provided by your MetroParks!

Click below to view our Strategic Plan: Vision, Mission Goals and Plans for the Future.

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Dog Park

The Erie MetroBark off-leash dog park is located east of the Maple Grove Center at Osborn MetroPark in Huron Township, with accessibility from Hull Road. The area is already a favorite for many dog owners that walk the park year round. Dogs must be registered to use the MetroBark. 

Find out how to register your dog today!

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