Metroparks remembers park advocate Dr. Bill Mewborn, to hold Sunday open house

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Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- Toledo Metroparks is remembering a man who fought to preserve one of Toledo's most visited parks.

Dr. Bill Mewborn died last Thursday at 77.

He was a Toledo veterinarian.

Back in 1973 convinced Lucas County voters to preserve the former Stranahan estate as a public park.

There were plans to turn it into a subdivision.

That's now Wildwood Preserve Metropark.

Today, it's the most popular of the Metroparks, with 1.2 million visits last year.

"So many people know Wildwood but probably only a fraction of them know the story behind Wildwood," said Park spokesman Scott Carpenter.

"I think the message for us is that conservation projects like this don't just happen they take people to make them happen ."

Dr. Mewborn's family is holding a memorial open house Sunday at Wildwood.

That's from one p.m. to five p.m. at the Ward Pavilion.

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