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...
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Crowell Hilaka Sing Along on January 7. It was a wonderful gathering of new and old friends, song, laughter, reminiscence, and looking toward the future. Stay tuned for the next one!
January 20, 2018 The Weekend Warriors will begin removing the Last Chance Storage Shed, the Last Chance Latrine and if time permits the Far Away Pines Storage Shed. Meet in the main parking lot at 9am. Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves. New volunteers are always welcome!.
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
Become a Member
3rd Tuesdays Jan - November Everyone welcome!!
February 20th 7pm
The Archeologyof Richfield Heritage Preserve
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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