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...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:30 Presentation at Richfield Library
" The Elusive Mr. KIrby "
Inspired by my many Friends of Crowell Hilaka
If Richfield Heritage Preserve at Crowell Hilaka could write everyone letter, I do believe this is how it would read on this very Thanksgiving Day.
My Dear Leap friends,
Whose big hearts are so selfless, I relish that you love me with all your hearts and have given me my last chance. I am beyond grateful that all of you value and enjoy my inner beauty. Many thanks for conserving my unique ecosystems, tributaries, and secret waterfall. I have great respect and I cherish the reveal of all of my layers of history and amazing stories. Thank you for sharing my story book forest. On my grounds I encourage you to escape often, visit your imaginary place and create your own Ithilien. My green cathedral forest is a magical sanctuary for those who believe. Sincere gratitude for making me a public park which is Innisfree to all who wish. My spirit will find you every full moon trail if your heart is pure and your aim is true.
If these old walls could talk they would say, I am relieved that I won't be diminished in haste. I have so much more to give. Much gratitude for my friends who are taking the time to find a re-purpose for my many special historic dwellings. Many memories have been lived here with hopes of more to follow. I embrace the positive energy that continuously flows and surrounds me; like rays of warm sunshine that fall on the highest point of Summit county. Many thanks for building and maintaining my winding trails; with the future of discovery that connects people, horse and place. I have deep appreciation for the time that has been taken to tend my historic gardens and understory of my old growth forest. Tonight many woodland creatures find home and peace at Crowell Hilaka. I stand tall, look up to the starry filled sky with a clear mind, a strong heart and a wide smile I breathe deep with contentment. .........that all is well at Ohio's Hidden Treasure! My future is bright and I will continue to teach wisdom and emulate beauty to my many friends. This is my forever gift to all of you on this Thanksgiving Day!
- Beth Sanderson
Vice President, Friends of Crowell Hilaka
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
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