What's New at the Hancock Park District

Select the link below to see what programs and events are being offered in the Hancock Parks.   


Printed copies are available at the Hancock Park District office. Complete program and event details are posted on the "Calendar" that can be accessed from the homepage. 

The Hancock Park District routinely takes photographs of program and event participants. Photographs under the supervision of Hancock Park District may be used for promotional purposes, including but not limited to web site, print materials, displays, and media publications. By registering for and/or attending programs or events, you are acknowledging your awareness and acceptance of the fact that photographs may be taken of you and your family. 


Interested in viewing Riverbend's Brugeman Lodge or Litzenberg's Activity Barn?

An Open House is normally held at Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area from 6 - 8 PM on the last Monday of each month. The last Tuesday of the months of March through November, from 6 - 8 PM, there is an Open House at the Litzenberg Memorial Woods Activity Barn. 

A Service Ranger will be available at each facility to allow any interested person(s) to view, inspect, and ask questions regarding the facility. Bring your tape measure, notepad, camera or video recorder to record your findings. Reservations or available dates are not provided at the Open House.


22nd Annual Photography Contest March winner selected

Congratulations to Kay Arico for submitting the winning photo for March in this year's HPD Annual Photography Contest! Arico's "Blanchard River" beautifully captured the late winter/early spring peace and solitude of the life-giving artery that connects this region.


The HPD Photography Contest continues through February 28, 2018  with a revised format that challenges photographers to share their best every monthA winning photograph will be selected each month with all winning photographs of the month will be judged in a final competition. One winner will receive a Hancock Park District prize package valued up to $200.00. The winning photograph will be showcased on this website and in an upcoming issue of the Hancock Park District’s Seasonal Program & Event Guide. RULES, GUIDELINES, AND ENTRY FORM may be downloaded here.  


Accept the 2017 Blanchard River Challenge

The Hancock Park District (HPD) is facilitating a series of self-guided float trips with HPD Shuttle Service this spring that cover approximately 37.6 miles of the Blanchard River from Blanchard River Nature Preserve to Blanchard Landing. Cost is $20 per person, per trip, and preregistration is necessary.

• TRIP 1: April 29 will begin with a paddle through Blanchard River Nature Preserve and later along the border of parks, conservation areas, and Riverbend Recreation Area. It is an enjoyable day trip at 20.9 miles. Canoeists and kayakers should plan on portaging one dam near the Findlay reservoir. If the water level is too low to support boating or if too many obstacles exist in the form of fallen trees, an alternative 3-hour, 9.3-mile float trip from Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing will be offered. Approximate time: 7 hours.

• TRIP 2: May 6 will be a scenic and fun float west of Riverbend Recreation Area and then along the border of conservation areas and parks and through downtown Findlay. It is an enjoyable, physically challenging trip at 16.7 miles with up to six potential portages around three dams and three rock fields, including a long portage at the waterfall near Riverside Park. Approximate time: 6 hours.

• TRIP 3: May 13 is a popular half-day trip. At 9.3 miles, it is scenic, it has no foreseeable obstacles or portages, and there are bends, narrow sections, and riffles to make it interesting and fun. Wildlife sightings are commonplace. If the water level is too low to support boating or if too many obstacles exist in the form of fallen trees, the trip will be cancelled. Approximate time: 3 hours

• TRIP 4: May 20 & May 21 is a two-day float trip that includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with six potential portages on the second day alone, including a long portage at the waterfall near Riverside Park. Canoeists and kayakers will paddle 20.9 miles on the first day and 16.7 miles on the second day.
Canoeists and kayakers will have the opportunity to see wildlife, enjoy scenic beauty, and in some cases, test their strength, stamina, and perseverance. It is a wonderful way to spend quality time together in the great outdoors.
For complete information about Blanchard River Challenge: Self-Guided Float Trips and other upcoming programs and events, view the HPD Seasonal Program & Event Guide, visit our park “Calendar” or call the park office at 419-425-7275. 
21st Annual Fish Festival set for May 6
Young anglers can try their luck as the Hancock Park District hosts its 21st annual youth fishing event at Riverbend Recreation Area Lakefront Activity Center on Saturday, May 6, from 8 to 11 a.m. The event is free with registration starting at 7:30 a.m.
Trout stocking will take place prior to the event courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Fishing will be allowed by bank only. Children ages 4 to 15 must do the fishing and an adult companion must be present, but limited adult assistance is permitted. All state fishing rules and regulations must be followed and anglers are asked to take home the first five trout they catch. No catch and release is permitted. Live bait will be for sale on site. The Fish Festival will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extreme weather conditions. Throughout the morning, registered participant names will be drawn for random prize drawings and must be present to win. Sponsors of this year’s fish festival are ODNR Division of Wildlife, WFIN/WKXA/The Fox and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving.

2017 Riverside Summer Concert Series

The 66th Annual Riverside Summer Concert Series includes a total of 14 summer musical concerts featuring a variety of musical talent and invited guests throughout the summer months. Wednesday performances will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., June 14 through August 30 (August 23 is reserved as a raindate.) For the second year, three Sunday performances will take the stage from 7 to 8:30 p.m., July 16 through July 30.
Wednesday performers include:
June 14 Fostoria Community Band
June 21 Patrick Clark      
June 28 Night Jazz
July 5 Buddy Love and the Coconuts
July 12, 19, 26 Findlay Civic Band
August 2 Pantasia
August 9 Ted Yoder—hammered dulcimer    
August 16 Findlay Civic Jazz
August 30 Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Sunday evenings talents are:
July 16 David Gerald—Detroit Blues Band
July 23 Nashville Crush
July 30 Erin Coburn and Cosmic Chaos
This series continues to be free through the donations of financial and patron sponsors, including: The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Primrose Retirement Communities, Hitchings Insurance Agency, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Colleen Robinson and Ruthellen Ondrus--RE/Max Realty, The Heritage, Ball Metal Products, First National Bank, Whirlpool, Drury Hotels, Millstream-Kennedy Inc., Hancock Federal Credit Union, Rooney & Associates Real Estate, LaRiche Family of Dealerships, Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Miller House of Color, and contributions in memory of Susan Dudley Whitehouse.
Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the master of ceremonies.               
Seating is provided at the Riverside Park Band Shell or feel free to bring your own chair or blanket. Concert goers are reminded to arrive early for choice seating and parking. In the event of inclement weather conditions, please listen to local media radio stations for last minute cancellations or alternate performance venues. Every effort is made to hold each scheduled concert.

News Releases

5-2-17 Archery Basics for Adults

5-3-17 Art in the Park Plein Air Gatherings

5-3-17 Wildflower Monitoring

5-5-17 Bird Monitoring

5-6-17 21st Annual Fish Festival

5-6-17 Growing Green Thumbs Pole Beans

5-7-17 Women at Work McKinnis Open House

5-8-17 DS Down in the Dirt

5-13-17 Archery for Beginners

5-14-17 Summer Blooms

5-15-17 WO Things with Wings

5-16-17 Viewing Mercury

5-17-17 Impact Series Monarch Butterflies

5-20-16 Spring Disc Golf Tournament

5-20-17 Photography Hike

5-27-17 Telescopes 101

2017 ONP Habitat Restoration

6-14-17 Riverside Summer Concert Series 2017

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