Designed and maintained by the Ottawa - Jermain Park Advisory Board Toledo OH © 2021
So how do you get started?
Interested people submit applications, and the Toledo Police Dept. do complete background checks
on all of the volunteers. Each volunteer will complete a training program that includes a manual and a basic First Aid course.
In the fall of 2014, Jay Catlow, a member of the Ottawa-Jermain Park Advisory Board and mountain bike enthusiast, was observing the
volunteers who patrol the Metroparks, and thought that idea might work on the Mountain Bike trail in Ottawa & Jermain parks. His
initial vision was to get a group of other mountain bike enthusiasts from Toledo Free Ride to be on the lookout for problems on the
trail, and report then to the Police Dept. or Parks Division staff.
He discussed the idea with Toledo's Commissioner of Parks,
Recreation & Forestry, who liked the idea, and went to talk to the Toledo Police Department about it. The Police were very supportive,
and after meetings in the spring of 2015, a program greatly expanded from what Jay initially envisioned was created. It was named
the Ottawa-Jermain Park Volunteer Trail Patrol. A press conference was held on July 2, 2015 to introduce the program.
Volunteers can patrol either on foot or on a bicycle. They work in pairs, are supplied bright yellow T-shirts to wear, and bring
their own cell phones. A website is being set up to coordinate who is patrolling on what day & time. This will be especially
useful if you want a partner, or want to partner with someone else who is already scheduled.
So come join us. Not only will
you see parts of the park you may have never seen before, but you will also be helping others enjoy Toledo's largest and finest
Some of the Volunteers and Police at Press Conference
Volunteer 1st Aid kits
Volunteers repair a rider's bike on the paved path
Volunteers at the Car Show
A Volunteer at a Concert
Volunteers and Police patrol together
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This program is an excellent way to view the park and help assure cleanliness and park safety.