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Preble County Park District

The Board of the Preble County Park District is very sad to report that Commissioner Mark Goeke passed away Wednesday, August 25th, 2017. As one of our very first Commissioners, he was instrumental in the formation and development of the Garber Nature Center and the Preble County Park District. He was passionate in his support of the Park District.

A Little History - The Preble County Park District was created by Preble County Probate Court Judge Dues in January of 2003. The first Park District Commissioners were appointed in February of 2003 and have worked diligently to establish the Board policies. In March of 2004, the Preble County Commissioners deeded over to the Preble County Park District, 100 acres of mixed farmland and forest to be used as the first County Park.

The land was donated by a local family and has been developed as the Allen & Adaline Garber Nature Center. About 33 acres of forest area has been developed into hiking trails. Another 60 acres remain as crop land and is leased out to bring income to the Park District. A wetland was created on some of the crop land and 975 trees were planted in an area adjacent to the forest.

An ODNR NatureWorks grant helped us build a 400' long handicapped accessible boardwalk that starts at the rear parking lot and ends at a viewing platform over looking our Old Oak Tree. A second NatureWorks grant helped us build an environmentally friendly restroom, "The Eloo," that was completed June 2010. The Pavilion was constructed with a third NatureWorks grant and completed early in May 2012.

The Preble County Park District consists of three commissioners appointed by Judge Dues. Each Commissioner serves a term of three years.
  • Commissioner J. Stephen Simmons
  • Commissioner Tom McQuiston