Have you been hearing a buzz about Lima, Ohio and Allen County? Well, you are not alone! While the unemployment rate isn’t the lowest in the area, it is below the state average and well below the national average. There are local organizations and businesses that are helping Lima grow along with improving the quality of life available! Below we have listed just a few of those organizations, but remember the list is much, much larger …
1. Lima Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau has been on a mission to rebrand what Lima and Allen County is and show what the area offers. The Bureau keeps track of all the major activities available throughout the year. The Lima-AllenCVB helps promote the civic center, the downtown, the fairgrounds, all the amazing attractions and even restaurants available in the area. There is also a community calendar that can be found on their website to keep you up on everything happening. There is always something to do in Lima / Allen County and the Lima-AllenCVB will prove it.
2. The Lima Public Library Speaking of rebranding, we’ll see a lot of it at the Lima Public Library. You will see not only a library that has recently been renovated, but an organization helping serve the families and children in the city of Lima. The library has hosted family game nights, read-alongs, and countless other activities. The fun doesn’t appear to be slowing down at the Lima Public Library!
3. Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District The Park District currently has 12 park areas with over 1,200 acres for your enjoyment! Whether you enjoy hiking, picnicking with family and friends, interpretive programs and guided nature walks, camping and swimming at Ottawa Metro Park, fishing and boating at Lima Lake Reservoir, horseback riding at the Allen County Farm Park bridle trail or bicycling the Rotary Riverwalk, there is something for everyone of all ages!
4. The Lima Locos Originally named the Lima Blues, the Lima Locos are one of the founding members of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Playing their first season in 1987, the Lima Blues finished third among the original six GLSCL teams. The early success attracted the attention of a group of local businessmen from Lima, OH who purchased the Blues and changed the team’s name to the Lima Locos for the 1988 season. In 1991, the Locos moved their home games from the campus of Ohio State University, Lima to the field at suburban Shawnee High School. While this moved the team outside of the city, it actually was a great improvement to the facilities the team called home. As opposed to the OSU Lima field, the quality lighting of Shawnee allowed the Lima Locos to host night games for the first time. In 2008, the Locos worked out a long-term agreement with the City of Lima that allowed them to move the team back into the city limits to play their home games at Simmons Field.
All of these activities are only the tip of the iceberg. We didn’t even get to:
- The Allen County Fair being the second longest in the state.
- A great public and private school system helping today’s youth get ready for the future.
- Lima is home to UNOH, OSU-Lima, and Rhodes State College.
- A slew of food and restaurants.
The real question isn’t why Lima? It should be: Why haven’t you chosen Lima?
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