Richfield Heritage Preserve
formerly Crowell Hilaka, is Ohio's Hidden Treasure. 336 acres of winding streams, lakes, and wooded uplands, it was farmed by the pioneer Oviatt family and then became the estate of inventor Jim Kirby. During the 1920s Kirby constructed a patented lake, a mill to generate electric power, a house air-conditioned with spring water, and a dance hall built on springs. Upstream, the Neal family built their fairy tale houses and operated a thriving fruit farm. The land was purchased by the Cleveland Girl Scouts in 1937 and enclosed for the protection of the girls. In 2015, the property was purchased by the citizens of Richfield. It is being transformed into a park for public enjoyment.
Richfield Heritage Preserve is open to the public every day, dawn to dusk.
No admission charge.
The main entrance is at 4374 Broadview Rd,
just south of the Richfield Giant Eagle.
The Preserve is administered by the Park Board :
Richfield Joint Recreation District ( RJRD )
Friends of Crowell Hilaka ( aka FoCH. pronounced "folk" ) is a nonprofit advocacy group partnering with the RJRD to preserve, protect, enhance, and promote Richfield Heritage Preserve, formerly Crowell Hilaka. more...
The cold spring weather has kept much of the garlic mustard from sprouting as quickly as expected. We have a plan...........
Garlic mustard has been slow to appear due to the cold spring, although there are some small patches starting to poke up. The garlic mustard orientation will go on as planned, followed by "reconnaissance" hikes to look for new outbreaks.
OTHER OPTIONS: any volunteers on April 21 will have the opportunity to join a fence clearing project in the morning only - bring your own clippers & loppers. There may be trail clean up projects available- bring your own rake. There may be indoor light construction work available at the new park office. Bulletins will be arriving to Command Central hourly.
All volunteers must sign a waiver. Volunteers under age 18 must have a waiver signed by theri parent or guardian. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult authorized to be responsible for them. Waivers available here
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
Become a Member
April 17 7pm
FoCH Annual Meeting
Location: Gund Hall at Richfield Heritage Preserve 4374 Broadview Rd
Richfield, OH 44286
proposed changes to FoCH code of regulations
Forestry Service Project:
Garlic Mustard Pull
April 21 9am - 4pm
Come when you can, meet at Amity House porch for location assignment. Arrive by 10 am to register for complimentary lunch.................................. UPDATE at left
The MIghty Oak-rageous Hike
April 22, 2pm
Crowell Hilaka Sing Along
May 6 2pm -4pm
Interpretive Sign Dedication
April 29, 2-4 pm
Perennial Plant Sale
May 19, 10 am - 2 pm
Crowell Hilaka Memories Project: Camp alumni & families: What do you remember about Crowell Hilaka? What did it mean to you? We are collecting memories! Please click here for more information.
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The Property Map - Directions
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