Picnicing and canoeing are among the activities enjoyed at the Cascade Park near Cloverdale. There is also a hiking trail that was a former railroad bed that is part of the park. (photo submitted)
Picnicing and canoeing are among the activities enjoyed at the Cascade Park near Cloverdale. There is also a hiking trail that was a former railroad bed that is part of the park. (photo submitted)

CLOVERDALE — This Saturday, Sept. 14, a normally quiet park north of Cloverdale, will be bustling with activity as the annual Cascade Roadside Park fundraiser is held.

Located at the intersection of State Routes 114 and 694, the park has been in existence since 1938, when it was developed by the National Youth Administration. This included 21 part-time Putnam County youths under the direction of Norman Doepker. For many years it was used for family reunions, ball games, canoeing and had a stone dam, made by community youth, that was used for a swimming hole. The ball games were held on two ball fields.

Until 1998 the park was maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation. When they decided to close the park due to budget restraints, Cloverdale village council stepped forward to save the park. Not wanting to see the park bulldozed, council members said they would assume responsibility for the park.

Today the village of Cloverdale maintains the three-acre park, buildings and parking lot.

The park continues to be used for family reunions, canoeing on the Auglaize River, hunting and fishing and hiking on the trails. The trails are the former railroad bed of the Findlay Fort Wayne and Western Railroad.

To help defray the cost of maintaining the park, a benefit is held each year.

This Saturday will be the 21st annual Cascade Benefit, with activities planned throughout the day.

A Canoe Poker Run will begin with registration from 11 to 11:45 a.m.; paddles in the river at noon.

A chicken barbeque will also be held with serving beginning at 11 a.m. until the chicken is sold out.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing at 7 p.m.

Other activities include music. The public is invited to come out and enjoy the fun.