Park board hires director Week Of 1/17/2022

Staff Writer

The board of commissioners of the Park District of Ottawa County has hired Jannah Wilson as executive director.
She has 15 years of experience with Lorain County Metro Parks as a naturalist and later outdoor experiences manager.
Prior to her position with Lorain County Metro Parks she worked for Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, and the City of Holland, Michigan.
She is working with the board of commissioners to move forward with several projects, including developing multi-use trails throughout Ottawa County.
This month, work is being done to apply for a grant to complete the Genoa to Millbury section of the North Coast Inland Trail. This piece will continue the recently completed Elmore to Genoa section. Receiving the grant will enable the park district to leverage money received from the district levy passed in 2020, and bring a portion of the state and federal money available for grants to the county.
The park district is also working on initial plans and route design for a proposed Catawba Island trail. Local residents have been involved with the trail planning process. Along with the two trail projects, the park district is looking at all areas of the county for trail opportunities.
Wilson will also be developing opportunities for local entities to apply for funds from the park district. More information related to grants will be available this spring.
The park district website is


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