Experience Whitehouse Business Magazine - Page 20

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Oak Opening Park/Preserve

The Oak Openings Preserve is owned and operated by the Toledo Metroparks, located in the corner of State Route 295 and Obee Road. There are more than 50 miles of trails and fire lanes in the preserve which make it easy to explore the variety of habitats that make up the Oak Openings Region, which The Nature Conservancy lists among the 200 "Last Great Places on Earth."

Blue Creek Conservation Area

The Blue Creek Recreation Area / Nona France Park, located on State Route 64 (Waterville Street) near the eastern edge of the Village, was once the location of the Nona France Stone Quarry and consists of 80+ acres of land. The Metropolitan Park District owns the land and it abuts the Blue Creek Conservation Area, also owned by the Metroparks. The largest of the old stone quarries is located on this property and provides beautiful scenery where many different forms of wildlife can be spotted, including birds, butterflies, deer, fox, raccoons, ducks, geese, etc.

Fishing and non-motorized boating are allowed. Swimming is not allowed at the current time, but this is something that Whitehouse is considering for the future.

There is a sledding hill located on the property where children of all ages can be seen enjoying the cold wintry days.

Plenty of wide open space encourages for picnics, practice fields for sports teams, and just plain lounging around! Bring a blanket, picnic lunch, and your camera

for a great fun-filled day.