Sautter Memorial Park is a fine example how a family heir can honor their parents by establishing a permanent natural legacy in their name. The original nearly 80 acre family farm of George and Lillian Sautter was donated to the Morrow County Park District in 2004, with deed restrictions that mandate it forever remain a public park for all to enjoy. The park district is blessed to have such generous and orward thinking people consider the District as their benefactor.
A large portion of the acreage contains a very rich and diverse forested beech/maple community with numerous wetlands and intermittent streams scattered throughout. Although the trees are not extremely large, their abundance, diversity and vigor are inspiring. A multistory canopy shades an excellent assortment of spring blooming wildflowers and provides ideal nesting habitat for many forest dependant birds. The management plan for the remaining acreage that is currently in agricultural production is to permit natural plant succession to gradually creep out from the forest margins. Special tree seedlings and limited grasslands have been planted to speed this process and to protect vulnerable water resources. Recently, the Morrow County Park District purchased nearly 15 acres of adjacent wetlands to add to the park's beauty.
The park has a small parking area, and established trails intertwine throughout the park. Dry, gravel upland trails and several bridges allow for lovely walking conditions.
Trails: Long loop 1.3 miles, Short loop 0.6 miles
Located: 8946 County Road 46
¼ mile North of the intersection of County Roads 35 and 46 also about ¾ mile South of State Route 288
North Bloomfield Township