The Olander Park System
Parks provide endless opportunities for us to explore, discover, play and learn. The Olander Park System, also known as TOPS, is here to help local residents enjoy those opportunities.
TOPS serves Sylvania, Ohio and the surrounding communities with five beautiful parks, fun, educational public activities and three facilities for event rental. Explore our parks or attend an event, and you’re sure to see why we say, “When it comes to parks in the Sylvania area, we’re TOPS!”
From bike trails and boat rentals to swimming at the beach, TOPS’ five parks offer something for nearly everyone. Go beyond the ordinary and hunt for real fossils, or enjoy a relaxing day at one of the best fishing spots in Ohio. It’s all here, ready for you to discover.
TOPS Update on COVID-19 Response:
All TOPS Parks are OPEN. To protect the community and our staff, TOPS has taken the following measures:
Park Access Changes: As of Saturday, May 23, parking in all lots will be open. The holiday weekend will kick off the start of the summer season. Thus, the non-resident parking fee at Olander Park will begin. Parking over the holiday weekend for non-residents will be $3 per car.
TOPS is currently evaluating and formulating a plan on opening amenities (swim beach, bait and boat shop, fossil digging pit) at TOPS parks for the summer. Announcements will be forthcoming over the next few weeks. Until then, the following closures will remain in effect until further notice:
• Playgrounds are CLOSED until further notice.
• Restrooms are for Emergency Use Only –please “go before you go”.
• Trash cans have been reduced–please carry your trash out.
• In-person programs are CANCELLED through May 31. Virtual programs are available online at www.olanderpark.com/virtualprograms.
• Rentals are CANCELLED through at least May 31.
• Beginning May 15, the Administrative Office will be staffed at minimum levels Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, but will be open to the public by appointment only.
Fossil Park Digging Pit: The digging quarry remains closed. TOPS staff is currently putting together a plan to open in mid-June. Stay tuned for more details.
Lake Olander is now open for personal watercraft. No gas motors are allowed. Use at your own risk, as the water temperature of the lake is still very cold.
We want you to enjoy our parks but please be considerate of each other and practice social distancing. Over-crowding may result in the closure of some facilities.
For more information, please see our statements here: TOPS Updates to the COVID-19 Response
The Olander Park System (TOPS), like the rest of the world, has been impacted in a myriad of ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we work to develop a comprehensive plan to safely reopen our popular summer amenities, programs, and facilities, we need your feedback.
Our safety plans will strictly abide by established Ohio and Lucas County guidelines and changes including:
• Use of social distancing
• Minimizing group sizes
• Use of personal protective equipment (face coverings)
• Increased disinfecting/cleaning practices
We feel there is still significant value in knowing firsthand what our program patrons and community residents are most concerned about regarding their safety during this reopening period. Your honest feedback would be greatly appreciated, as it will help us ensure a healthier and more enjoyable return to recreation.
Thanks so much for giving us feedback! Stay tuned to our website and social media pages for updates on programs, events, and summer amenities.
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