The Ashtabula County Metropolitan Parks District (The Ashtabula County Metroparks) was established pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code by Judge J. Philip Perry in December 1959. The aims of the original board were to create historical and recreational parks as well as conservation areas. These aims have not changed throughout the years. The board consists of five members, appointed by the court, to serve 3-year terms without compensation.
Meet the Ashtabula County Metroparks Board Members
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Mr. Carpenter is a long time resident of Ashtabula County with a passion for all outdoor activities. He has been a volunteer with the Metro Parks for the past ten years and feels that “Ashtabula County is a great place to live!”
Robert BestVice President
Mr. Best has been on the Metroparks Board for four years. He is also involved with the Friends of Conneaut Creek as well as other preservation groups. Mr. Best brings his extensive operational and organizational skills to the parks system.
Charles KohliBoard Member
Mr. Kohli is a Harpersfield native and now living in Ashtabula Harbor, Charlie Kohli has served on the park board for thirty years.
Terry BerkeyBoard Member
When I was younger I wasn’t concerned about preserving park land for people. Now that I am older I can see the importance of having green spaces available for everyone’s use. I believe that a good park system will have a very positive effect on Ashtabula County. I have been the leader of Over the Hill maintenance volunteers for 12 years and have served on the Metroparks board for 6 years.
Marie LaneBoard Member
Marie Lane is an Attorney and a resident of Saybrook Township. Marie came to Ashtabula County in 1998 to serve as the Director of the Ashtabula County Public Defender’s Office, where she continues today.
Marie is very active in the Ashtabula community and was appointed to the Metro Parks Board in January, 2016.
Pam BloughMetroparks Clerk
Pam has been the Clerk of the Board for 12 years. She started out as a Volunteer with the Friends of the Metroparks.