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Lima in Allen County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

McLean Teady Bear Park

McLean Teady Bear Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 22, 2021
1. McLean Teady Bear Park Marker
McLean Teddy Bear Park the first metro park within the Johnny Appleseed Park District, was named in memory of R.A. McLean. Mr. McLean began the tradition of giving teddy bears to children staying in Allen County hospitals. This park has grown in size from 40 acres in 1979 to approximately 131 acres in 2009.

Follow the 5 mile Braille Discovery Trail, with signage both in Braille and print, to learn about the trees of this mixed hardwood forest. Oaks, Hickories, Ash and Sugar Maples are scattered throughout. A Maple Sugaring Festival is held here in early March (even numbered years.)

The unique Braille Discovery trail connects with the Koch Nature Trail and hosts an array of spring woodland wildflowers. Summer and fall wildflowers can be seen along the Pickerell and Prairie Trails. During the months of July thru September the Prairie Trail presents a living rainbow of colorful blossoms. The Pickerell Trail meanders thru a recently planted forty acre grassland and small corner woodlot. This trail connects with the Allen County Farm Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work

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Parks & Recreational AreasScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1979.
Location. 40° 45.569′ N, 84° 3.491′ W. Marker is in Lima, Ohio, in Allen County. Marker is on North Dixie Highway, 0.7 miles north of Ada Road (Ohio Route 81), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2010 N Dixie Hwy, Lima OH 45801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eastman Johnson's Maple Sugar Paintings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Metzger Lake Reservoir (approx. 1.3 miles away); Faurot Oil Well (approx. 2.2 miles away); NKP Caboose No. 1091 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad Station from Uniopolis, Ohio (approx. 2.2 miles away); Nickel Plate Road Berkshire-Type Locomotive No. 779 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lima Locomotive Works (approx. 2.2 miles away); James Daniel's Cabin (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lima.
McLean Teady Bear Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, May 22, 2021
2. McLean Teady Bear Park Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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