CRESTLINE — For 12 years, Bill Fisher has led the Crawford Park District. This week, he hands over the reins to the naturalist he hired a few months after he took over the position more than a decade ago.
Fisher will retire Wednesday, and on Thursday, Josh Dyer will take over the position.
“I am proud that we have been able to increase the awareness of all the great things the park district has to residents of the county and surrounding areas,” Fisher said. “It is important that we teach our youth the importance of taking care of our environment and that they will continue to do so in the future.”
Some of Fisher’s accomplishments during his time as director include the acquisition of the Daughmer Savannah for the park district and the creation of the Kid’s Learning Tree inside the Nature Center at Lowe-Volk Park.
“Passing the levy was extremely important after funding for the district was severely cut by the state,” Fisher said.
Fisher, who took the position at the park district after retiring from his position as a biology and human anatomy and physiology teacher at Bucyrus City Schools, said Dyer shares the same values as he does about the environment.
“Josh is wonderful and will do a good job for the park district,” Fisher said. “He’s a talented young man.”
Dyer said he has enjoyed spending the last 12 years with Fisher.
“I will continue to build up the park district and will continue to move upward and forward,” Dyer said. “We have secured the land across the street from Nature Center, so I will be focused on developing that land to be usable for our citizens.”
Fisher not only credits Dyer for the success of the park district but all the staff members and the many volunteers who help throughout the year.
“We could not do everything we do and offer all of the programming that we have available without the help of our staff and volunteers,” Fisher said.
A retirement party open house is Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nature Center at Lowe Volk Park, 2401 State Route 598, Crestline. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about the park district and upcoming events, visit the park district website, find the district on Facebook or call 419-683-9000.