Crowell Hilaka of Richfield, Ohio, is 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. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Neals built their fairy tale mansions between the upper lake and their vast
orchards. All of these are still here. Operated as a Cleveland Girl Scout
camp for over 70 years, the property is now being sold. Friends of Crowell
Hilaka ( FoCH ) seeks to preserve this land as a public-access recreational and educational destination.
FoCH is delighted that the Richfield Joint Recreation District
has been formed to conserve the land. Although we recognize that the type
of use, the look, and even the name “Crowell Hilaka” may change, we
believe the volunteers of FoCH will continue to have a role as the land enters
the next era in its history.
We Want To:
Preserve Crowell Hilaka as a landmark heritage site for the community
Use historic Kirby structures as basis for science/engineering programs
Use historic Neal Houses as sites for arts, cultural events and education
Promote outdoor recreation by improving/using facilities on the property
Promote love of nature through volunteer-run family camping and outdoor skills programs
NEXT MEETING - Tuesday August 12th, 7:00pm Richfield Historical Society.
NEXT RJRD MEETING - The next meeting of the Richfield Joint Recreation District will be on Monday, July 14th, at 7:30 at the Richfield Village Hall. The agenda is here. The meeting will begin with a closed executive session at 6:00, with the open session beginning at 7:30.
CURRENT INFO - The Richfield Joint Recreation District has been formed. Its first meeting was held Thursday, July 10th at 7:00 PM at Richfield Village Hall. Upcoming meetings, open to the public, will be held on July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30.