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Get outside this summer: parks, rivers, lakes, paths and more in Allen County

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By Activate Allen County

Isn’t it great to finally be enjoying summer. The weather is finally cooperating and it is time to go swimming, hike a trail, paddle a river, climb a hill or whatever you like to do outside. June is Great Outdoors Month and it is the perfect time to enjoy the best of Allen County’s parks, rivers, lakes, paths and more. There are so many great opportunities here in our community to enjoy the great outdoors, here are some suggestions to get you started in your neck-of-the-woods.

Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks

Allen-MAp-with-ParksServing all of Allen County, Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks District boasts 13 unique parks throughout Allen County. There really is something for people of all ages at the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District. From fishing, camping, picnicking, bocce ball, hiking, swimming to disc golf there are options for people of all ages.

The parks are open daily year round and locked at dusk with the exception of Ottawa Metro Park, which is open 24 hours a day. The Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks include: Harmon Park, Ottawa Metro Park, Veterans Freedom Flag Monument, Rotary Riverwallk/Ottawa River Bikeway, Motter Metro Park, McLean Teddy Bear Park, McElroy Environmental Education Center, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary, Kendrick Woods, Heritage Park, Fort Amanda Park, Deep Cut Historical Park, Allen County Farm Park, and the Argeter Road River Access.

Bluffton Parks & Rec

The Village of Bluffton offers numerous recreational activities and venues for residents. Bluffton has two great parks, The Village Park & the Buckeye Park. The Village Park includes soccer fields, baseball/softball fields, hike/bike paths, playground equipment, and more. The Buckeye Park offers hike/bike paths, fishing, basketball courts, swimming pool, shuffleboard courts, and playground equipment, and more.

Delphos Parks & Rec

The Delphos Parks & Recreation facilities include 52 acres of outdoor space in four public parks: Stadium Park, Waterworks Park, Leisure Park and Garfield Park. A large municipal swimming pool, 10 tennis courts, basketball courts, stadium, shelter houses, playgrounds, many baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, and horseshoe courts can be found at the Delphos parks.

Lima Parks & Rec

The Lima Parks & Rec department has over 400 acres of outdoor space for activities ranging from skateboarding, swimming, biking, baseball to volleyball and more. 12 parks throughout Lima account for those 400 acres. Those include: Baxter Park, Buttonbush Wetland Preserve, Collett Street Recreation Area, Cook Park, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Faurot Park, Hover Park, Kibby Corners Park, Lincoln Park, Oxford/Vine Street Soccer Fields, Robb Park and Schoonover Park. The City of Lima also supervise a number of outdoor adult and youth activities ranging from our Summer Playground program to Softball, Baseball, Basketball, and Volleyball.

Spencerville Parks & Rec

The Village of Spencerville Parks & Recreation has 4 parks that offer numerous recreational activities for residents.These parks include: Old Acadia Park, Village Park, Neidhardt Park, and Veterans Memorial Park. Amenities such as baseball/softball diamonds, play equipment, basketball/tennis courts, gardens and memorials are available at Spencerville Parks.