Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Lisa Ward, Acting Commissioner
2201 Ottawa Parkway
Toledo, OH 43606

Mission Statement

The Division of Parks, Recreation  and Forestry is dedicated to the effective management of Toledo's greenspaces thereby improving the quality of life for all citizens and visitors to the City of Toledo. The Division promotes citizen involvement and input by actively supporting citizen advisory boards and commissions.

Forestry, street and park trees - Parks, boulevards & triangles and weed control - Recreation and Athletics - and Municipal  Cemeteries comprise the primary responsibilites of the Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

The Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is comprised of six (6) operations listed below:

Parks Operations Overview

Maintenance of 146 City of Toledo parks and facilities. Mowing of over 400 boulevards, cul-de-sacs and green spaces.

For Park information please call 419.936.2875

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Recreation Operations Overview

Recreation maintains over 100 Athletic fields and facilities, which includes baseball and softball diamonds, city pools, park shelter houses, tennis courts and the Ottawa Park Ice Rink. In addition, Recreation coordinates youth and adult athletic programs, which include baseball, softball, basketball and tennis, along with numerous special events such as: Skating with Santa; Pumpkin-a-Rama; Eggxtravaganza; Fishing Rodeo; Pitch, Hit & Run; Punt, Pass & Kick; numerous Athletic Tournaments; Senior Programs; and Concerts in the Ottawa Park Amphitheater.

For Recreation information please call 419.936.3887


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Forestry Operations Overview

Planting and maintaining of all trees on the public right-of-way (between sidewalk and curb), on boulevards, and in City of Toledo parks and cemeteries.

Management of the Forestry woodlot in which tree limbs and logs are recycled into landscape mulch that is used in playgrounds in City of Toledo parks, around trees, and landscapes. This mulch is available for sale to the public.

For Forestry information please call 419.936.2988

For Wood Mulch information please call 419.936.3010

Tree Removal


Cemeteries Operations Overview

Managing the operations, maintenance and services at five (5) Municipal Cemeteries. The expansion of Forest Cemetery began in 2013 and will be completed in 2014.

Cemeteries Record Tracker - Find the location of someone in one of the cemeteries operated by the city.

For City Cemetery information please call 419.936.3081




Weed Control Operations Overview

Weed Control service mows 75+ large, private properties in an effort to return acceptable appearance per code. Property owners are subject to an assessment for this work. Property owners receive an annual announcement of intent to mow their property.

For Weed Control information please call 419.936.2020