Partner Projects

Partner Projects

People in bright yellow and orange construction vests and hard hats standing in front of a partner project, a two story frame of a building.

We can’t do this without you!

– Ohio State Parks Foundation

For decades, our state parks have been the crown jewel of Ohio. Let’s continue to support and enhance them with new lodges, cabins, marinas, education centers and more!

Great Council State Park

Great Council State Park, just north of Xenia, will be a connection to Ohio’s Native American and pioneer past. The area was once home to Oldtown, one of the largest-known Shawnee settlements in Ohio. More than 1,000 people called Oldtown home from approximately 1777 to 1780.  Preserving the site at Oldtown gives us the opportunity to connect future generations of Ohioans with the past, to preserve the legacy of the Shawnee and allow them to share their story, and to share the experience of the pioneers, settlers and frontiersmen in the area.

Read more: Governor DeWine, ODNR Break Ground on Great Council State Park | Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ohiodnr.gov)

An example of a partner project.

Alum Creek Marina

The grand opening of the Alum Creek Marina is scheduled for June. The new facility will include amenities such as outdoor dining, public restrooms and shower facilities.  

In addition to the new marina, upgrades at the park include a Storybook Trail, rentable kayaks, a new playground, a new camp store, cabins, and 18 new campsites. 

Read more: ODNR Officially Opens the New Marina at Alum Creek State Park | Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ohiodnr.gov) 

Hocking Hills Lodge, a partner project.

Hocking Hills Lodge

This new state-of-the-art lodging facility, with 81 guest rooms, a conference center, an indoor and outdoor pool, and other 5-star amenities is one of 9 lodges within the park system.

Read more:  https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/go-and-do/plan-a-visit/find-a-property/hocking-hills-lodge 

Lake White Boating Education Center

The new building will include a 2,020 square-foot park shelter with storage rooms, restrooms, patios, and a pavilion area.

Read more: https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/discover-and-learn/safety-conservation/about-ODNR/news/New-Place-to-Learn

Hueston Woods Nature Center

The new Nature Center building will include terrariums with native wildlife and Big Woods themed displays.  Visitors will also be able to enjoy an improved bird-viewing area and an overview of the park’s vast geological history.  Construction is expected to be complete in May of 2022. 

Read more: https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/discover-and-learn/safety-conservation/about-ODNR/news/Hueston-Nature-Center-Under-Construction

Southern Ohio Eco-Corridor, a partner project.

Southern Ohio Eco-Corridor

Plans are underway to rehabilitate 40,000 acres adjacent to the internationally known animal conservation area, the Wilds. This land was previously used by AEP for mining. Planned amenities include trails, lodging, and camping.