About Us

Mission Statement

The purpose of Knox County Park District is to:  acquire, conserve and manage Knox County’s natural resources in a manner that preserves the rural character of the county; protect unique historical and natural resources; provide the public with meaningful educational experiences and access to a variety of parks and natural areas.

Vision Statement

Knox County is a highly desirable place for people to live and work. It provides opportunities for commercial and residential development while protecting prime areas of natural and cultural significance. The Knox County Park District seeks to be a leader in efforts to protect and manage Knox County’s natural resources.



Setting policy and directing the course of the Park District is a three-citizen Board of Park Commissioners appointed to three-year terms by the Judge of the Probate Court of Knox County.

2016 Board Members:

  • Gloria Parsisson, Chair
  • James Giles
  • Bruce Hawkins

All meetings of the board are open to the public and occur the second Wednesday of each month at 4:00pm in the Knox County Service Center, 117 East High Street, Mount Vernon.


  • Lori Totman, Director
  • Doug McLarnan, Operations Manager (part-time)
  • Barry Bowden, Operations Manager (part-time)
  • Carl Norris, Operations Manager (part-time)


Volunteers assist and support the Park District by providing:  education programs, invasive plant controls, trail management, mowing, fund raising, bluebird and butterfly trail monitoring and park project construction support.  Please send an email to loritotman@co.knox.oh.us if interested in volunteering.