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Our Vision:
The Paulding County Trails Project isn't just about concrete slabs and trail markers; it's an investment in the safety, health, and connectedness of the community. Community leaders recognize that the well-being of residents transcends infrastructure. Thriving communities boasting quality of life, business appeal, and environmental stewardship invariably hinge on robust parks and recreation programs. These not only enhance public well-being but also contribute to community desirability, fostering a vibrant and sustainable environment. It speaks to the soul of Paulding - a commitment to ensuring every individual, regardless of ability, has the opportunity to not just live but thrive.

Our Goal:
Create a Trail system in and through Paulding County to connect homes, recreational facilities, and businesses.

Paving the Path to Safety, Health, and Community Connectivity

Nestled in the heart of Paulding County, the proposed Paulding County Trails Project isn't just about concrete and asphalt; it's about creating pathways to a safer, healthier, and more connected community.

As we lace up our shoes and pedal our bikes, we're paving the way for something truly transformative. The Trails Project isn't just about getting from point A to point B; it's about fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring that everyone, regardless of age or ability, has access to the resources and experiences that make life fulfilling.

"Nature has an incredible ability to heal and inspire us," said Anna Gurney, Education Specialist, Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District. "By investing in trail systems like the Paulding County Trails Project, we're not just building paths; we're providing opportunities for people to reconnect with the natural world, improving mental and physical well-being in the process."

Imagine strolling down a path, the sun peeking through the branches, as you make your way to the Paulding County Hospital, Black Swamp Nature Center, or Lela McGuire Park. With every step, you're not just getting closer to your destination; you're also strengthening the bonds that tie our community together.

But it's not just about convenience; it's about safety. With dedicated pathways for pedestrians, bicyclists, and wheelchair users, the project would reduce the risk of accidents and create a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. And let's not forget about the environment. By reducing vehicular travel and promoting active lifestyles, we're not only improving our own health but also leaving behind a greener footprint for future generations to enjoy.

"The proposed Paulding County Trails Project isn't just about concrete slabs and trail markers; it will be an investment in the safety, health, and connectedness of the community," said Erica Noggle, Executive Director, Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's about creating a space where everyone feels welcome and valued."

So, let's lace up our shoes, hop on our bikes, and hit the trails. Together, we can build a brighter, healthier future for Paulding County.

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Take Action: Support the Paulding County Trails Project!

Join us in making a tangible difference in our community by supporting the Paulding County Trails Project.

  • Donate online here
  • Sending a check to the Friends of the Paulding County Park District (P.O. Box 102, Oakwood, OH 45873) with the memo line stating, "Paulding County Trails Project"
  • Memorial or Legacy Gift
By donating you're contributing to the creation of vibrant trails that will enhance the quality of life for everyone in our county. Your support will help foster a healthier, more connected community for generations to come. Act today and be a part of this transformative initiative!

he Friends of the Paulding Park District, Inc., was founded in 2017 as a tax-exempt, 501c3 organization. Our mission is to promote and support the Paulding County Park District for the benefit of all.

If you have questions regarding the Paulding County Trails Project, please contact the Trails Committee at

P.O. Box 237, Paulding, OH 45879

Paulding Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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