Chippewa Lake Park expands with 44-acre donation

On December 5, 2023, Rob Smykal and his sister, Kris Mason, made a generous donation of 44 acres to the Medina County Park District. This significant contribution, comprised of two parcels, is situated north of the Krabill Lodge near Chippewa Lake, contiguous with MCPD land.

The date of the donation held special significance, as it coincided with the birthday of the sibling’s late father, Bob Smykal, who, alongside his wife, Beverly, purchased the property in the 1970s.

The Smykal family created lasting memories on the site, hosting picnics, fishing in a small pond, and camping out while enjoying radio broadcasts of baseball games.

Upon Bob’s passing in December 2022 at the age of 96, his children, Rob and Kris, inherited the property. Their decision to donate it to the MCPD reflects a deep-rooted desire to preserve the land in its natural state, ensuring it remains untouched by development.

Rob and Kris expressed a shared sentiment regarding the property donation: “We are very excited this property will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. The Medina County Park District is a wonderful asset of Medina County and its residents, we know they will be an excellent steward of this property.”

The property’s rich history aligns seamlessly with the MCPD’s plans for extensive trails in the Chippewa Watershed. While development of this newly acquired land is projected to be at least five years away, the park district is currently focusing its efforts toward revitalizing a section of the former Chippewa Amusement Park. Rob and Kris envision a future where their children and grandchildren can continue to enjoy the property’s beauty and tranquility for years to come.

Photo (above): Siblings Rob Smykal and Kris Mason donated 44 acres to Chippewa Lake Park in December. Photo submitted.