of Delaware County
For more information about Preservation Parks, visit www.preservationparks.com or call (740) 524-8600. The offices of Preservation Parks are at 2656 Hogback Road in Sunbury.
• Register for Build-A-Box Workshops. Learn how to build bird boxes in two separate programs. Building a box for bluebirds will be taught from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 24; building a box for robins, phoebes and barn swallows will be taught from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 3. Both programs will be at Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road.
The Feb. 24 bluebird program will be led by guest expert Dick Tuttle. Registration for the March 3 program on robins, phoebes and barn swallows is due Feb. 24.
The materials cost per box is $5, payable the day of the program.
• Warm Weather Withdrawal: Butterfly Oasis, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22. Learn how to create a backyard oasis for a variety of butterflies. Ages 16 and up. The Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road.
• Creature Feature, "Wile E Coyote, 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26. Learn about the shy, misunderstood coyote. The Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road.
Preservation Parks news
Preservation Parks of Delaware County received two first-place awards at the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) Conference & Trade Show, held Feb. 9-11 in Cincinnati. The awards were given for The Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve, and for protecting the Olentangy Watershed.
The Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve, which opened in October 2009, was named best facility in the $0- $2.5-million category. The Lodge's engaging and creative design – including a floor-to-ceiling mural of natural habitats – and its environmentally sound construction methods were factors in its first-place finish. The Lodge includes a nature center, a library, and a combination classroom and community meeting space, and provides space for many Preservation Parks programs.
The park district also received a first-place award in the Natural Resources category, for "Protecting the Olentangy River Watershed" through property acquisition and the restoration of wetlands. The 2010 purchase of 104 new acres in Big Run Preserve allows Preservation Parks to preserve Olentangy River tributaries, which support a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. The property also is a buffer between development along U.S. Route 23 and the Olentangy River. Wetland restoration projects at Gallant Woods Preserve create wetland areas that filter sediment and other pollutants from runoff, thereby also contributing to the river's health.
In all, the OPRA gave 23 first-place awards at the ceremony, in categories ranging from facilities, park development and law enforcement, to programming, marketing campaigns and special projects. Projects were judged in a two-tiered process, which included a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio, as well as the association's Board of Directors.
Preservation Parks, the natural areas park district for Delaware County, has preserved more than 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat and open space, and has opened eight parks since its first tax levy passed in 1999.