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Lake Metroparks - Now and for future generations


Over half a century ago, visionary citizens of Ohio's smallest county began campaigning to set aside land for future parks. To conserve and preserve the natural resources of Lake County, Lake Metroparks was formed in 1958 under the authority of Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code and is a separate political subdivision of the state of Ohio. The park district encompasses a total of 36 parks and 8,196 acres. Its boundaries are coterminous with the boundaries of Lake County, Ohio, located immediately east of Cuyahoga County. The southern shoreline of Lake Erie forms the northern boundary of the park district.

The Lake County Probate Court Judge, Mark J. Bartolotta, appoints a three-member board of citizens to govern Lake Metroparks. Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners Gretchen Skok DiSanto, Dennis E. Eckart and Frank J. Polivka serve, without compensation, for three-year alternating terms. In March of each year, the Board of Park Commissioners appoints an Executive Director who serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Park District. The current Executive Director is Paul Palagyi.

Park District Priorities

Executive Director Paul Palagyi explains park district priorities as, "First and foremost we will continue to provide the citizens of Lake County and the broader region with the clean, safe and outstanding parks and outdoor education programming that they have come to expect from their Lake Metroparks.

Staff are looking for new ways and creating new opportunities for people to enjoy their parks."

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Lake Metroparks Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2013


Lake Metroparks receives Auditor of State Award with Distinction

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A recent financial audit of the Lake Metroparks (Lake County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The metroparks’ excellent record keeping has earned them the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

“Good finance is important to everything government does.” Auditor Yost said. “Sound budgetary decisions depend on clean and accurate books, and I am pleased to present this award to the Lake Metroparks.”

The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

  • The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in the form of a CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report);
  • The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;
  • The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to:
    • Ethics referrals
    • Questioned costs less than $10,000
    • Lack of timely report submission
    • Reconciliation
    • Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit
    • Findings for recovery less than $100
    • Public meetings or public record



Lake Metroparks board and staff maintain a genuine commitment to the community, which is reflected in the balanced offering of programs shaped to fulfill the agency's mission:

To conserve and preserve the natural resources of Lake County while providing a variety of safe, affordable and enjoyable educational and recreational programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in Lake County now and for the generations to follow.

What's Here

Portions of two state designated wild and scenic rivers - and many tributaries - flow through and are protected by Lake Metroparks. In addition to protecting watersheds and open space, Lake Metroparks annually provides nearly two-and-a-half million visitors with countless recreational and educational experiences at diverse facilities including an agriculturally themed park, a nature center, a state-of-the-art education and wildlife rehabilitation center, two golf courses, more than 50 miles of trails including a 4.8-mile paved bike/hike trail, six parks on Lake Erie's shoreline and a cross-country ski center.