Oak Hill Park

Located on Oak Hill Rd, this park was officially dedicated on October 15th, 2011. It has many wonderful features, including a 1.7 mile long trail, named in honor of Donald and Alice Noble. The 10-feet wide paved section is for walking, jogging, or biking and the adjacent grass berm is wide enough for cross country skiing. Included in the park is the City's first official sledding hill, intended to bring more families together for winter recreation. The park's path can be linked into the other paths along the city's northern corridor, creating nearly eight miles of walking and biking trails. Situated about 100-yards from the park's entrance is a large pavilion donated by the Rotary Club of Wooster for community and educational gatherings. Near the pavilion, an eighth-mile trail geared for people who may not have the time or ability to use the longer and hillier terrain was donated by Joan and Gene Buehler. Named in their honor, this gradual path will help handicapped individuals safely use wheelchairs and walkers to enjoy the surrounding flora.

Several years ago, the Donald and Alice Noble Foundation purchased 100 acres of farmland on the crest of Oak Hill to preserve it from further residential development. Using an Ohio Public Works Commission Clean Ohio grant, the land was acquired by the City of Wooster and the Noble Foundation donated the receipts of that acquisition to the Wayne County Community Foundation to establish the Oak Hill Park Fund. This designated fund was created to be used solely for the design, construction, and maintenance of the park.

In late August of 2011, the College of Wooster freshman class helped landscape the area by adding over 150 trees and 7,000 native Ohio prairie plants as part of their orientation week. The goal is to return the park back to much of it native prairie landscape, adding a detention pond to catch runoff, and include rain gardens. In addition to that work 150 volunteers from the Church of the Nazarene worked October 8th, planting trees, seeding a section of Ohio Prairie and installing lawn areas.

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