Fostoria is a community with a strong, smart and plentiful workforce; where neighbors greet each other by name; where businesses work together for the common good; and where new industries are not simply welcomed, but encouraged and nurtured.
In fact, there are a lot of things to say about the City of Fostoria, where town and country meet in the interest of good business and good living. Where highways and railways converge at the crossroads of the Midwest and where families and companies can put down roots. In Fostoria, there is room to grow!
Fostoria has a wide array of recreational spots, both within the city limits and shortly beyond.
Those looking for a nice place to stroll can look to one of the city’s six reservoirs, each of which has a stone or paved walking trail for walkers or runners to use and enjoy the surrounding scenery. The reservoirs also give fishing opportunities to local residents.
Foundation Park (formerly Meadowlark Park), a spacious 50-acre park features 13 baseball and softball fields, picnic shelters, a playground, concessions, a new dog park, and an outdoor amphitheater. City Park boasts a community swimming pool, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, a playground, volleyball court, and basketball court, as well as a skate park.
- Portage Park
- Gray Park
- Community Water Park
- City Park
- Jackson Park
- Foundation Park
Across the street from the City Park is Gray Park featuring sledding hills, a playground, and picnic shelters. Other parks throughout the city include Harmon Park, Jackson Park, and Portage Park, a 22 acre park with walking trails.
In addition, the Parks and Recreation Department provides scheduled activities and events for people of all ages, boosting citizen interest and involvment in parks and outdoor recreation.
Six reservoirs provide a total of Two billion gallons of water for the city of Fostoria and its surrounding areas. Fishing is allowed at all reservoirs and boat launch facilities, picnic areas, parking and walking trails are also available for those who wish to use them.
The Geary Family YMCA offers a broad range of fun and fitness for the entire family: indoor swimming, track, gymnasium, handball, racquetball, squash, basketball, floor hockey, outdoor soccer and flag football, judo, volleyball, aerobics and weight training. The city also offers organized adult sports.
There are three 18-hole golf courses that are located within a few minutes of Fostoria, Loudon Meadows, Lakeland Golf Course, Fostoria Country Club. If you are willing to drive, there are also 17 golf courses within a 15 minute drive of the city.
Fostoria is home to the outdoor summer concerts and cultural performances that take place at the Wainwright Amphitheater, located in Foundation Park. The city also offers numerous holiday festivals and seasonal parades. Several musical groups are based in and perform in Fostoria, including the Fostoria Community Band and Barbershoppers.
Located in Hancock, Seneca, and Wood counties, Fostoria resides in one of Ohio’s richest agricultural regions. There are 269,000 acres of farmland in Wood County alone, as well as 243,000 acres in Hancock County and 264,000 acres in Seneca County. Area farmers raise livestock for both food and dairy; however, the main focus of Hancock, Seneca, and Wood County farmers is wheat, corn, and soybean crops.
In corn production, Hancock and Seneca County rank eighth and seventh respectively in the state. Wood County ranks second in corn production and first in soybean production in the state of Ohio. Hancock and Seneca counties rank a notable third and fifth in soybean production in Ohio. As for wheat, Wood County also ranks first place in the state for production. Seneca County ranks fourth while Hancock County ranks sixth in wheat production.
Educational opportunities are numerous for Fostoria’s young minds, who have access to two school systems in the city, as well as six school districts and multiple colleges and universities outside of Fostoria.
The city boasts two school systems – Fostoria Community Schools and St. Wendelin Catholic school, both of which offer pre-k through twelfth grade curriculum and many extracurricular activities.
Excellence in higher education is available in the area with seven colleges/universities within a 50 mile radius of Fostoria.
Fostoria City Schools
Fostoria City Schools consists of three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school – all committed to preparing the students for the “real world” through cooperation and involvement with local business and industry. The middle school, built in 1994, is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for students, including a teleconference center. Both middle school and high school offer extracurricular activities and athletic programs.
Fostoria Catholic Schools
For over a century, St. Wendelin Parish has provided both elementary and secondary schooling for children in the Fostoria and surrounding areas. The schools offer courses of study approved by the Ohio Department of Education, as well as offering many opportunities to apply traditional values to a challenging and changing world. St. Wendelin strive to send graduates out into the world with a commitment to the service of Christ, Church, family, community and world. Students are encouraged to let their faith take root and grow through involvement in special services, athletics and extracurricular activities.
Fostoria high school students also can enroll at one of six technical and vocational high schools in the area, all within one hour of Fostoria.
- Apollo Joint Vocational School | Lima
- Four County Career Center | Archbold
- Penta Career Center | Perrysburg
- Pioneer Career & Technical Center | Shelby
- Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center | Fremont & Tiffin
Four-Year Colleges & Universities
Nearly a dozen four-year colleges and universities are located within a one hour drive of Fostoria.
- Bluffton College – Bluffton, Ohio
- Bowling Green State University – Bowling Green, Ohio
- Defiance College – Defiance, Ohio
- Heidelberg College – Tiffin, Ohio
- Lourdes College – Sylvania, Ohio
- Medical University of Ohio – Toledo, Ohio
- Ohio Northern University – Ada, Ohio
- Tiffin University – Tiffin, Ohio
- University of Findlay – Findlay, Ohio
- University of Toledo – Toledo, Ohio
Two-Year Colleges & Universities
Take advantage of more than a dozen two-year colleges that offer business, trade and technical educational opportunities all within a 90 minute drive of Fostoria.
- BGSU: Firelands College – Huron, Ohio
- Davis College – Toledo, Ohio
- Lima Technical College – Lima, Ohio
- North Central State College – Mansfield, Ohio
- Marion Technical College – Marion, Ohio
- North Central Technical – Mansfield, Ohio
- Northwest State Community College – Archbold, Ohio
- Northwestern College – Lima, Ohio
- The Ohio State University Branch Colleges – Lima, Mansfield & Marion, Ohio
- Owens Community College – Findlay & Toledo, Ohio
- Stautzenberger College – Findlay & Toledo, Ohio
- Terra Community College – Fremont, Ohio
- University of Toledo Community & Technical College, Scott Park Campus – Toledo, Ohio
ProMedica’s Mission is to improve your health and well-being. At ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, our active, consulting and courteous medical staff of more than 100 are here to serve the community.
Our 25-bed, full service acute-care hospital serves our neighbors in Fostoria, Ohio, and the surrounding three counties. We are a critical access hospital with Joint Commission accreditation.
Founded in 1854, Fostoria has grown to a population of over 14,000 residents with an estimated 20,000 persons residing in the surrounding area. Fostoria is located on the border of three Northwest Ohio counties: Seneca, Hancock and Wood. The city has a Mayor-Council form of government.
The Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce actively works to improve the quality of life for the community and businesses of Fostoria. By providing cost saving programs, the Chamber can help to increase the bottom line of your community through its small business development center.
Fostoria Community Hospital, a ProMedica Health System partner, provides high quality, cost-effective health care for the residents of Fostoria and surrounding communities. The hospital offers general medical care, including inpatient, emergency, surgery and obstetrics.
Fostoria has more than two dozen social service organizations, numerous business, civic and professional organizations that are all very active in the community. If you are interested in joining one of these incredible organizations, please visit Fostoria’s Chamber of Commerce website for more information.
Over 85,000 books on all subjects are available through Fostoria’s library. Material that is not available locally may be borrowed through interlibrary loan. The Library subscribes to over 200 magazines, newspapers and periodicals. Over 5,000 video tapes and DVD’s are available for loan . The also have a growing collection of music on compact disc and audio books.
The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation was established to provide an opportunity for those with a sense of community loyalty and pride to make a lasting and tangible benefit to their community. The GFCF operates independently of government or business and its sole objective is to benefit the community.