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Meet your Metroparks and make the most of your spring season

WTOL 11 Meteorologist Matt Willoughby breaks down what each Metropark has to offer this spring.

TOLEDO, Ohio — The spring season has arrived and now is the time when we start to see the transition in weather.

If you are just itching to start outdoor activities, Metroparks Toledo could have the perfect place for you.

Swan Creek is ready for spring. It's in close proximity to a lot of people in the city and offers a variety of activities. We may have seen snow falling in mid-April, but this park is especially known for wildflowers.

This is an exciting time of year for a variety of reasons. Swan Creek has birds arriving daily, including warblers and a little color from other songbirds, too.

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Side Cut Metropark is famous for its walleye migrating up the Maumee River this time of year, so there are people from all over the region enjoying the fishing season.

There are plenty of events planned for April and May, but if you are planning on celebrating your big day, the metro parks are perfect for that as well. The Metroparks are familiar with hosting weddings on a pretty regular basis. 

Metroparks Toledo spokesperson Scott Carpenter said that the park system has facilities of different sizes for big weddings to little ones. There are also options for receptions and the ceremony itself. You can even find suggested locations for some beautiful spots for your special day.

As the weather warms up, the air and water temperature reach a certain point to make it safe and comfortable to go kayaking and canoeing, so watch for some of those programs coming up.

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"Our archery park, Westwinds, is back open for the season," Carpenter said. "So you can shoot static range and 3D targets there starting in May, along with the canal boat season beginning May through October."

Carpenter said that there are plenty of events and programs planned throughout all 19 Metroparks in Toledo.

You can check out the Metroparks Toledo website for activities as the calendar fills up in late April and especially into May.

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