Wapakoneta Parks and Recreation
The City of Wapakoneta maintains several parks, sports facilities and playgrounds around the city.
Heritage Park is located on the south side of the Auglaize River near downtown. It is the home of the Farmer's Market active from June through October, Saturday mornings at 9am.
Belcher Park is located behind the downtown area along the north bank of the river. It features a playground and a boat ramp to provide access to the Auglaize River.
Harmon Park is next to the Wapakoneta Middle School along the banks of the Auglaize River. It features The Rotary Club Gazebo next to a wooded picnic area, tennis courts, baseball fields, Wapakoneta Skate Park and the Wapakoneta WaterPark.
Riverwalk is the paved path linking the historical downtown area to all of the schools and the YMCA on Defiance Street. It runs along the north bank of the Auglaize River, then north, near City Hall and connects to the sidewalk at St Joseph School.
Veteran's Memorial Park provides picnic shelters, a 1-mile walking track with physical challenges, baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields and a playground.
Wapak Breakfast Optimist Soccer Park The city park program acquired property from the Wapakoneta City School system in 2012 at the former Centennial School location for the creation of another recreational area. This was made possible through the cooperation of Wapakoneta City Schools, Breakfast Optimist Club, and Wapakoneta Soccer Club.
Rudd-Yocum Park is located at the corner of Defiance Street and Hamilton Road. Volunteers Lois Marker and Jim Kohler have been working to create a beautiful garden with new pathways. Many businesses and individuals have also contributed plants, materials, money and labor to help transform this into the show place that it has become.
Wapak Dog Park, an Eagle Scout Community Project for Travis Rohrbach, who designed, helped build and provided fundraising to transform an acre of city property into Wapakoneta's newest park dedicated to the residents and their faithful companions. Located on West Auglaize Street at Herbstritt Court just south of the Waste Water Treatment Plant, it features 2 enclosures, a 16,000 square foot green space for small dogs, a 60,000 square foot area for large dogs and a parking lot. Running water will be installed soon.
Evergreen Cemetary is an historical site located at the corner of Silver and Water Streets.
Recreational opportunities in Wapakoneta and Auglaize County are varied. Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, a 15-minute drive to the west along US 33, is the state's largest man-made lake and is a premiere vacation spot. The state park offers camping, boating, sailing, water sports, fishing, hunting, picnicking and swimming. Nearby Indian Lake State Park and Lake Loramie State Park offer similar pursuits.
Fort Amanda is on the west bank of the Auglaize River 9 miles northwest of Wapakoneta along State Route 198. The fort served as a major supply depot during the War of 1812. Originally built in the fall of 1812 by Kentucky troops under the command of Lt. Col. Robert Pogue, the fort was enlarged to almost double the original size during the spring of 1813 by Ohio militia soldiers under the command of Capt. Daniel Hosbrook. A fifth blockhouse was added during the second phase of construction as well as several cabins and storage buildings. The walls stood 11 feet above the ground. The park offers picnic and walking areas and a monument to soldiers who served.
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum, named in honor of Neil Armstrong, Wapakoneta's most famous son and first man to set foot on the moon, this museum chronicles Ohio's contributions to the history of space flight.
The 40-mile Miami and Erie Trail is the first state recreational trail designated under the Ohio Trails Act. It runs from Delphos to Loramie Creek and passes through the western part of Auglaize County.
The Wapakoneta Family YMCA is a volunteer-driven, community service 501(c)3 organization that serves over 5,000 members and countless others in the community. The YMCA is for everyone, and offers financial assistance for membership and programs to those who are in need. Located at 1100 Defiance Street, the YMCA offers programs and services for youth, adults, and families. Programs include aquatics, child care, day camp, family, youth and adult sports, teens, older adults, arts and humanities, and health and wellness. Call (419) 739-YMCA for more information.
Golf courses are found in Wapakoneta at the Wapakoneta Country Club, in Waynesfield at the Prairie View Golf Club, and in communities throughout the area, including Waynesfield, Minster, and in Celina and Lima. Bowling, volleyball and softball leagues offer organized recreation for adults.