Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Lisa Ward, 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 green-spaces, and to provide programs, facilities and opportunities to enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens and visitors to Toledo.

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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.

Please call 419-936-2020 to make service requests related to public trees, public right of ways or park conditions. 

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

Parks Operations Overview

Maintenance of 125 City of Toledo parks and facilities. Mowing of more than 400 boulevards, cul-de-sacs and green spaces.

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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 and Concerts in the Ottawa Park Amphitheater.

For Recreation information please call 419.936.3887

Check out our upcoming events here.


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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 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 2016.

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 service requests please call 419.936.2020