Have you ever visited the Patterson Twp. Community Park?
Or have you been there recently?
The Patterson Township Park, of which the formal name is the “John Ague Beegle Naturalist Area”, is located on Eighth Street Hill, parallel to Route 51. It first consisted of 50 acres, which has been increased in the last few years due to property donations and acquisitions. Mrs. Beegle, who donated 25 of the original 50 acres in memory of her husband “John”, required the land be maintained as a naturalist area for many to enjoy. Historically, local mining was once a big industry in the park areas which can be seen as one walks the different trails. Also, the “Mule Trail” is an original Indian trail that began in Bridgewater and ended in Sandusky, Ohio.
The park is nestled into the hillside and is best known for its numerous walking and hiking trails, including bridges and a pavilion in a very scenic wooded area. Over the years and most recently, the Township has utilized several volunteer groups, such as Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and Blackhawk athletics to make improvements throughout the park. Some of the most recent repairs include repairs to the bridges, rebuilding steps, clearing paths, repaving and enhancements to the 8th Street entrance, repairs to the Struby Street entrance, and an additional entrance being added on Ray Street.
We strongly encourage the use of the Township for your walking, hiking, dog walking, picnicking and relaxation needs. We continue to make improvements and have started a Facebook page entitled “Friends of Patterson Township Park” that provides updates and volunteer opportunities.
Also, please check out our Facebook page entitled “Patterson Twp 9/11 Day to Remember”.
Check out the pictures of the numerous volunteer hours and work done in our park over the last few months.