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Serpent Mound Marker

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  • 18-48 The red X marks the location of the Marker at the end of the Kenwood Blvd. entrance to Ottawa Park. 18-48 The red X marks the location of the Marker at the end of the Kenwood Blvd. entrance to Ottawa Park.
  • 18-48 The entrance to Ottawa Park from Bancroft Street. 18-48 The entrance to Ottawa Park from Bancroft Street.
  • 18-48 The park has many trees and play equipment for children. 18-48 The park has many trees and play equipment for children.
  • 18-48 The golf course club house. 18-48 The golf course club house.
  • 18-48 A fairway on the golf course. 18-48 A fairway on the golf course.
  • 18-48 A lake on the course. 18-48 A lake on the course.
  • 18-48 The Marker is on the right near the fence. 18-48 The Marker is on the right near the fence.
  • 18-48 A photo of the Marker. 18-48 A photo of the Marker.
  • 18-48 The Marker on the golf course side of the fence. 18-48 The Marker on the golf course side of the fence.
  • 18-48 SP Jermain bronze statue 18-48 SP Jermain bronze statue
  • 18-48 Missing Jermain statue/ granite rock from 1928 18-48 Missing Jermain statue/ granite rock from 1928
  • 18-48 Ottawa Gate 18-48 Ottawa Gate
Title, side A
Toledo's Park System
Title, side B
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Text, side A
Ottawa Park, the largest city park, was developed in the early 1890s on the 280-acre farm of John B. Ketcham. Based on a design by the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, Ottawa Park was intended to be central to a vast park and boulevard system. By 1920 the Toledo Park movement had provided fifteen parks totaling nearly 1400 acres.
Text, side B
Sylvanus P. Jermain (1859-1935), the "Father of Toledo Parks," fought for a park system as an essential part of the new City Beautiful ideal of reformers during the Progressive Era. Jermain emphasized the social value of exercise and recreation. At his urging Ottawa Park became the site of the first municipal golf course west of New York City in 1899.
Location
Near the Bancroft Street entrance to Ottawa Park