Toledo Treasure: Pearson Metropark


My 8 year old has requested that we visit all the Metroparks this summer. Thus far we have enjoyed our time at Farnsworth and Wildwood, next stop, Pearson Metropark located at 761 Lallendorf Rd Oregon, OH 43616.

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Treasures you’ll find at Pearson Metropark:

I have to be honest with y’all, I have lived in Toledo my entire life (give or take a few years away in undergrad & grad) and I have been to Pearson Park, maybe 3 times, sad, but true. And after taking some time to venture out, explore all the amazing things Pearson has to offer, and all its natural beauty, it is officially my favorite park.

Seasonal Fun: Fishing, Paddle Boats, Ice Skating, & Sledding

As you drive around the bend the first things to catch your eye is the beautiful lake, it calls to you. We immediately parked our car and made our way to the lake. Once there everyone had to make a quick pit stop (clean restrooms, flush toilets, and changing area) and then we walked around the lake.

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Each step offered a new gorgeous view; it honestly didn’t feel like we were in Ohio anymore. The lake offers more than just breathtaking views and a therapeutic walk, you can also fish, paddle on the lake with one of the paddle boats, & ice skate in the winter months (when the ice is safe…and they have added lighting so you can skate until 8pm)

 

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Fishing……

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The Ohio Division of Wildlife stocks the lake at Pearson with rainbow trout from the Castallia hatchery, providing a unique fishing opportunity to catch this cold water species in early spring. Fishermen also take catfish and other species. The lake’s stair-stepped shore makes it an accessible place to introduce children to fishing.

Paddle Boat Concession…..

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Pedal around the pond at Pearson. Charming pedal boats are available for rent, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekends, noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Cost: $5 per half hour.

Sledding….

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This hill looks marvelous for sledding in the winter months. And from a parent’s perspective I like the fact that is appears to be extremely safe, you don’t have to worry about kiddos sledding into traffic or water. And there are benches and a fire pit at the bottom where you can warmup in-between slides down the hill.

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Window on Wildlife

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Sit down and cool off or warm up (depending on the season) while enjoying nature’s beauty and all Gods littlest creatures including, squirrels, chipmunks, a large variety of birds, and whomever else may pay a visit to the outdoor space while you observe from the comfortable climate controlled indoor room.

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Johlin Cabin

See what life was like in the notorious Great Black Swamp in the mid-1800s. The Johlin Cabin at Pearson will take you to a time when life was hard, and a place where it was even harder.

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Pioneers and soldiers who traversed the dark swamp described it in colorful terms, relating the rough roads where their wagons would get stuck in the muck, the fierce mosquitoes, deadly diseases and the work it took to clear a piece of ground. But they also spoke of the rich farmland that lay beneath the wet woods.

The Johlin Cabin was donated by the Johlin family of Oregon and moved about a mile into the park when Pearson was expanded in the early 2000s. Located at the north entrance to the park on Seaman Road, the cabin today is used for family programs where you might be invited to churn butter, plant crops or attend to other chores. (Source) http://metroparkstoledo.com/features-and-rentals/the-johlin-cabin/

UPCOMING EVENT at JOHLIN CABIN:

July 9th-September 10th (Saturdays 1-4pm)

Catch some cabin fever and explore the Johlin Cabin from a new perspective. Spend an hour or an afternoon seeing the Johlin Cabin, activities for all ages with be provided; this is a free event, no reservations needed.

Playground

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As we walked up to the playground each of my children let out a yelp of excitement then proceeded to run towards the ah-mazing play-scape. Their feet barely hitting the ground, they were so excited they were practically flying, haha! I too was amazed at the structure. Similar to the Farnsworth playground the Pearson playground also incorporates custom equipment that illustrates the environmental history specific to the area; the inspiration was clearly the Great Black Swamp.

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The play-space is filled with marsh themed attractions including a spider, frog, Lilly pads, interactive woodpecker, etc.

 

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The playground includes a climbing wall, slides, soft rubberized surfacing, lots of swings, etc. and the best part, this play-scape was created with all children, with all abilities in mind. It is accessible to all.

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AND SO MUCH MORE…..

Beautiful rental facilities, baseball diamonds, soccer field, tennis courts, etc.

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Oh, and we can’t forget the Trails!

If you are seeking a peaceful, serene, and scenic retreat from the ordinary look no further than the trails at Pearson Park. Take a relaxing stroll on the Black Swamp Short Loop Trail (0.8mi round trip, perfect for littler legs). Become one with nature on the Wood Thrush Trail. And if you are looking to get your workout in for the day then the Exercise Trail has your name written all over it (2.9mi round trip). You are welcomed to walk, jog, run, and even cross country ski on all the trails. Planning on bringing your bicycles? There are trails for bicycles too! (See map, link at the bottom of this page under DEETS)

You can do it all at Pearson! And the best part, after a day at Pearson; fishing, paddling, running, walking, picnicking, and playing on the playground the kiddos will be exhausted and begging to go to bed…everyone will sleep great! (And the older I get the more appreciative I am for an awesome night’s sleep, there really is nothing like it. ;)).

 

 

DEETS:

Hours: 7am-dark everyday

Address: 761 Lallendorf Rd Oregon, OH 43616

Ranger Phone: 419) 360-9178

Map: http://metroparkstoledo.com/media/2147/pearson-map-bro-nov2014.pdf

Website: http://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/pearson/

Additional Toledo Treasures (click on images)

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