Blue Creek Conservation Area
The stunning 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 the abutting Blue Creek Conservation Area. The largest of the old stone quarries is located on this property and provides beautiful scenery to spot various wildlife.
We welcome fishing and non-motorized boating on the large quarry, but best to leave your swim trunks at home, as swimming is not allowed at this time.
Looking for a fun winter spot? The quarry is a picture of serenity throughout the frozen winter, and there is a popular sledding hill for children of all ages!
Plenty of wide open space encourages picnickers, practice fields for sports teams, and just plain lounging around! Bring a blanket, picnic lunch, and your camera for a great fun-filled day.
Whitehouse Village Park
Village Park is the largest and most centrally located park in Whitehouse. It offers shelterhouses which can be used for special events and family gatherings. Make a reservation for you next event at the enclosed shelterhouse by calling Village employees at 419-877-5383. This Park also features newly updated park equipment, including swings accessible to all children. Recently, pickleball courts were added to the park, and the basketball court was resurfaced.
The park is bordered on the eastern side by the small Village Quarry. This quarry was part of the original stone quarry operated in the late 1800’s and furnished stone for the railroad beds west of the Village. The quarries have been operated as the Pray-Hall Quarry, the Whitehouse Stone Company, the Erie Stone Company and the Nona France Stone Quarry. Fishing is allowed from waters’ edge or non-motorized boats, but no swimming is allowed in the quarry. It serves as a tranquil place to rest, relax and enjoy nature. Enjoy walking one of the two paths surrounding the quarry. These paths are popular, and you’re sure to see a neighbor or two–it’s that kind of town!
There are also two softball/ baseball diamonds located at the Village park used on a nightly basis during the spring and summer months.
Sandra Park is located in the northwestern section of the Village (off Sandra Drive between Cemetery and Finzel Roads) and was formerly one of the Village water well properties. In 2013, the Village constructed a community garden area with mulched paths and water lines. Many residents take advantage of the garden plots and have enjoyed growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers throughout the summer months.
Wabash Cannonball Trail
The Wabash Cannonball Trail is a 63 mile multi-use recreational trail in Northwest Ohio. It provides non-motorized access to hikers, bikers, equestrians (some jurisdictions may restrict horse traffic), and cross-country skiers. The 12 foot wide trail surface varies within the different jurisdictions, from asphalt to hard packed cinder ballast.
The trail is a part of the nationwide movement to rejuvenate former railroad corridors into linear parks where people can enjoy the beauty and solitude of the outdoors while also providing a safe alternate mode of transportation between communities along the route. There are more than 15,000 miles of rail-trails throughout the United States. View the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website for more information about rail-trails. Portions of the Wabash Cannonball Trail are also certified segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,600 mile long hiking trail connecting the Lewis and Clark Trail in western North Dakota with the Appalachian Trail in upstate New York.
The Trail is administered by the National Park Service. – From http://wabashcannonballtrail.org/
Read the The Northwestern Ohio Rails-to-Trails Fall 2022 Newsletter here.
Oak Openings Metropark
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark is the largest of the Toledo Area Metroparks. It is a nature preserve located between Whitehouse, Ohio and Swanton, Ohio.
Our little red caboose was built in 1927 at the Norfolk & Western east end shops in Roanoke, Va. At one time, it weighed 49,600 pounds but now tips the scale at 34,000 pounds.
The Village of Whitehouse purchased the Wabash Cannonball Railroad Caboose and transported it to the Village downtown business district on August 26, 2003. It arrived on a flatbed truck and was hoisted by crane off the truck and onto a panel track at the display site. The wheels, which had been removed during transport, were reattached at the site.
After several years of debating what to do with the caboose, it was finally restored in late 2008/early 2009. After a little scraping, welding, priming and painting, it is an attractive addition to our downtown district and a fitting tribute to the heritage of Whitehouse.
Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park is a public park located in downtown Whitehouse, Ohio that provides a solemn, beautiful space to remember and honor all those who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America and First Responders. The wall of the fountain recognizes those area veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during wartimes and were killed in action. The park recognizes area veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice during wartimes, as well as police, fire and rescue forces.
Walk through the park on a still, spring day, and the steady flowing of the fountain will set the atmosphere for serene reflection. Look down where you walk to take in the paver bricks lovingly dedicated to those who served (both past and present) and the many supporters of the military and first responders.
Large, colorful plaques highlight timelines and narrative from each of the major conflicts in history. These plaques serve to teach the next generation about the wars and (hopefully) instill a gratitude for those who sacrificed.
The park is a collaborative effort between the municipality of Whitehouse, donors and community volunteers. Funds are being raised through Destination Whitehouse Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency in Whitehouse, Ohio. Park designs were created by the Edge Group.
Veterans Memorial Park serves the entire Anthony Wayne area and was constructed with funds from generous patrons.