Meet a Friend.... Ruth Parker
Ruth Parker is a true Friend of Erie
MetroParks and conservation efforts.
 
A kind, gentle, and wise philanthropist,Ruth
has contributed to upgrade the quality of life
wherever she travels. In the late 1970's her
father John Frost, renovated the Frost Center,
a building that once was used at the Osborn
Prison Honor Farm. This act began a
patterrn of family giving that has continued.
The Frost-Parker Foundation was formed
after Ruth's husband, William, passed away
and it contributed to building the William
Parker memorial steel bridge that gave
usability to Parker Lake at McBride
Arboretum at Firelands BGSU campus. The
foundation has given contributions to
Adventure Walkway at Edison Woods and
interpretive signs at Osborn Park. The
Shoreline Park in Sandusky happened
because of Ruth.
 
She donated to the Trust for Public Lands to
accomplish its mission to conserve lands that 
have significance historically, ecologically and
recreationally to the people of Ohio. This
includes the pledge to aid in preserving east
Sandusky Bay region under management of
of Erie MetroParks. Its purpose is to be for
recreational, educational, and interpretive
programming.
 
A graduate of Wooster College, she and her
later husband William have three children,
John, Jim and Allison. Ruth has six
grandchildren.
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