Ickey Woods State Park: 3 Ohio parks renamed ahead of Bengals’ Super Bowl appearance

COLUMBUS — Current and former Cincinnati Bengals players will be honored this week at Ohio State Parks with Gov. Mike DeWine honorarily renaming three parks, temporarily.

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Ahead of the Bengals’ appearance in Super Bowl LVI Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, DeWine announced three parks, Burr Oak, Paint Creek, and Hueston Woods would all be renamed and new signage placed in the parks in honor of the team’s success this season.

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“We are incredibly proud of the Bengals and everything they have accomplished this season,” said Governor DeWine. “The whole state will be rooting for Cincinnati on Sunday, and this is a fun way to show support for the orange and black,” DeWine said in a media release Monday.

Burr Oak State Park, located in Glouster, Athens County, will be known as “Burrow Oak State Park” in honor of the Bengals’ standout quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow grew up in nearby Athens, about 30 minutes away from the state park.

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Paint Creek State Park, located in Bainbridge, Ross County, about 90 minutes east of Cincinnati, will be known this week as “Evan McPherson Extra Point Creek State Park” to honor the Bengals’ standout kicker, who kicked winning field goals in both the AFC Divisional and Championship games.

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Finally, Hueston Woods State Park, located near Oxford, has been named “Ickey Woods State Park” honoring the great Bengals running back who helped the team to their last Super Bowl appearance in 1988.

Signs will be placed in the state parks this week and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will announce when they are in place.