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...
Defenders of the Forest service opportunity. Details at right
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
Become a Member
Get to Know your Park
Third Tuesday every month
6 pm hike 7 pm speaker
Location: Gund Hall at Richfield Heritage Preserve 4374 Broadview Rd
Richfield, OH 44286
Forestry Service Project:
Garlic Mustard Pull
The kick off garlic mustard pull on April 21 wasw a success in spite of the slow spring. But garlic mustard is popping up in profusion now that warmer weather has arrived.
Thursday , May 17 6:30 Summer Barn. Horse Gate will be open for vehicular parking 6:15- 6:30 2445 Oviatt Rd.
More info on garlic mustard
Warning! Ticks are now active! Dress appropriately and use insect repellent!
Perennial Plant Sale
May 19, 10 am - 2 pm
we will be at the main entrance- 4374 Broadview
Vast array of curiosities, findings, household items, toys
Sunday, September 16
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.
Shop and help!
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The Property Map - Directions
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