Joe’s Run Recreational Trail is open but use caution! The Muskingum Valley Park District has scheduled contract work to repair and stabilize the trails on Joe’s Run Recreational Trail starting on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. This work will affect the entire trail from Blue Avenue to Adams Lane to Collegial Woods Trails until further notice.

Our History

Park Districts are created under the Ohio Revised Code, Section 1545, and are considered political subdivisions under the state of Ohio. Board meetings are held at Mission Oaks Gardens Visitor Center 1720 Euclid Avenue, Zanesville, OH 43701 on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Check our Event Calendar for updates.

Muskingum Valley Park District is governed by five park commissioners who are appointed by the probate judge. The Muskingum Valley Park District was formed at the request of the Muskingum County Commissioners in 1998. Park commissioners are volunteers and serve staggered three year terms.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, park commissioners may “Acquire land for conversion into forest reserves and for the conservation of the natural resources of the state, including streams, lakes, submerged lands, and swamplands, and to those ends may create parks, parkways, forest reservations, and other reservations and afforest, develop, improve, protect, and promote the use of the same in such manner as the board deems conducive to the general welfare.”

The Park Commissioners have established a meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at noon at the Park District office. Occasional conflicts require deviation from this schedule so please call to confirm.