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Parks & Recreation
Tawawa Park
Baumgardner Basin

415 S. Vandemark Rd.
Mail: 201 W. Poplar St.
Sidney, OH 45365



Parks and Recreation Director:
Duane Gaier
Phone: (937) 498-8105
Fax: (937) 498-8109
Email: dgaier@sidneyoh.com

Facilities Maintenance Supervisor:
Jim Heuing
Phone: (937) 498-8156
Email: jheuing@sidneyoh.com

Recreation Specialist:
Jennie Rogers
Phone: (937) 498-8155
Email: jrogers@sidneyoh.com

Park Ranger:
Justin Aselage
Phone: (937) 498-2335 (ext. 8455)
Email: jaselage@sidneyoh.com



Address
828 Tawawa Dr.

Map of Baumgardner Basin

Directions: Take exit 92 off of I-75 and go east on St. Rt. 47 about 2 miles through downtown to Tawawa Park. Turn right into Tawawa Park entrance (past pool) ¼ mile then to the left.

About
This park is ADA accessible with concession stand, picnic area with shelter, playground equipment, restroom and port-a-john (seasonal), soccer fields and trails.

Hours
6:00AM - 10:00PM

Park Features:
• Modular Play Structure & Swings
• Shelter
• Soccer Fields
• Drinking Water/Concession
• Walkway/Bikeway
• Restrooms and port-a-john
• Open Green Space

HISTORY (Research completed by Cheryl Michaels and Janet Ross 2009)

The City purchased a 29-acre tract of land for $16,000 on July 3, 1973, from the Baumgardner family.  This land was adjacent to Tawawa Park.  The land was named (1975) in honor of the late Walter E. Baumgardner at the request of the Baumgardner family.  On February 24, 1975, the Sidney Recreation Commission recommended naming this area “Baumgardner Recreational Basin.”

LODGE SOCCER FIELD (Additional research contribution from Shelby County Historical Society)
The Lodge Soccer Fields are located in Baumgardner Basin, 828 Tawawa Drive.  The soccer fields were named in honor of former City Council member David Lodge, who was known as “Mr. Soccer”.  A native of England, Lodge was discouraged to learn soccer was not an established sport in Sidney.  Because of this, he established the first soccer programs in Sidney.  Although the growth of soccer has been phenomenal in recent years, Mr. Lodge fought a long and hard battle to get the program established.  Mr. Lodge was nominated by the former mayor, James Humphrey, for the naming honor.

 

 

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