ODNR to launch Task Force to
review Ohio State Parks
COLUMBUS: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
is initiating a new task force specifically designated to
evaluate Ohio’s state park system.
“We know Ohio has an excellent state park system, and we want to
make our 75 state parks even better,” said ODNR Director Mary
Mertz. “Our visitors are our top priority, and this advisory
panel will offer suggestions on how we can improve our
facilities and the experiences of our customers.”
The purpose of the Blue Ribbon panel on Ohio’s State Parks is to
complete a comprehensive customer experience review of Ohio’s 75
state parks. This review will be used to develop recommendations
for improving management, incorporation of customer needs and
interests, and improving the overall visitor experience at Ohio
This Blue Ribbon panel held its first meeting on May 20, 2019.
Ohio is one of only seven states in the nation with free
admission to its 75 state parks. Ohio State Parks are an
important feature of Ohio’s tourism economy and many local
communities, with visitors generating annual business sales of
$455.8 million in direct and indirect spending. There are state
parks in 59 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
The Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional
outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing
outstanding customer service, education, protection and
conservation of Ohio’s state parks and waterways.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and
protection of our natural resources for the benefit
of all. Visit the ODNR website at