Fairfield County Park District (Fairfield County Parks) was established in 1981. It manages over 750 park acres throughout Fairfield County, in eleven of the thirteen townships.
Fairfield County Park District is a separate governmental agency of the State of Ohio that is organized under Ohio Revised Code Section 1545. Its purpose is to preserve Fairfield County’s unique cultural and historical settings. The Board of Park Commissioners sets the policies and overall direction of the District. The Board of Park Commissioners is comprised of citizen volunteers appointed by the Judge of the Probate Court of Fairfield County.
The Board of Park Commissioners appoints a Director to oversee all aspects of operation and management of Fairfield County Parks. In 1999, the Board appointed David Fey as Director; he retired in 2017. The current Director, Todd Younkin, was appointed in June 2017.
Fairfield County Parks owes its very existence to the support of volunteers and voters of Fairfield County. The largest source of funding is through a ten-year, four mill levy that was approved by voters in November 2011. The levy funds provide a stable source of income, through which parks can be operated and maintained and, possibly, additional land can be acquired for future preservation and recreation. Individual and corporate donations, bequests and gifts also play a key role in funding. Donations make possible facility construction, educational programming, and so much more that would otherwise be impossible through levy funds alone.