The Largest State Park In Ohio Will Be Named After Jesse Owens

During his final State of the State address on Tuesday night, Governor Kasich announced plans for a brand new state park that will become Ohio’s largest.

In August 2017, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources made a deal with American Electric Power to purchase a 60,000-acre parcel of land in eastern Ohio. Owned by AEP, the area was known as ReCreation Land.

The land was previously strip-mined for coal, but AEP turned it into an amazing recreation area:

Vigorous reclamation efforts involved planting 63 million trees, establishing over 350 lakes and ponds, and creating nearly 380 campsites.

AEP ReCreation Land spans tens of thousands of acres in Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, and Noble counties.

The big news on Tuesday was the name unveiling. Kasich announced that he will name the park after Jesse Owens, who Kasich described as the “great Ohioan who stood up to Hitler and came home with a gold medal.”

You can learn more about the history of this new state park here.

    A daily Columbus email you'll actually love.

    Every morning we compile the best of Columbus news & events and deliver it in a quick 5 minute read that sets you up with everything you need to be a well informed Columbusian. Columbusite. Cbussian? Whatever, give it a try, you'll love it.

    You have Successfully Subscribed!