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, 7 am - 7 pm.
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...
Park Volunteers will join the Barberrian Crew 9 am at the Pack Out Building. From there we will take a short walk to areas where large infestations of barberry evil has been seen. These include Spiff's Garden, Pine Lake Trail and western edge of Lake Linnea, the edge of Cobbledam Pond. Bring work gloves, insect repellent, drinking water, and your favorite shovel or garden clippers. Barberry removal requires preparation and sign off on the instructions which are here.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Park Volunteers will join the Barberrian Crew 9 am at the Pack Out Building. From there we will take a short walk to areas where large infestations of barberry evil has been seen. These include Spiff's Garden, Pine Lake Trail and the western edge of Lake Linnea, the Cobbledam Bridge and Cobbledam Pond. Bring work gloves, insect repellent, drinking water, and your favorite shovel or garden clippers. Barberry removal requires preparation and sign off on the instructions which are here.
Ongoing Barberry removal: Barberrians are working to dig out as much of this highly destructive pest as possible during the summer, before seeds ripen in the fall. Contact Lynn Richardson for times and details. email@example.com 440-667-3367
Trail upkeep: if you would like to help improve the trails, contact Jenny Austin 216-288-8196 firstname.lastname@example.org
We need Christmas Cookie Bakers - our annual fundraiser is moving to Gund Hall this year. More info here.
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Third Tuesday every month
RHP Bridle Trails
The presentation will start an hour earlier than normal at 6pm at the Summer Barn
( 2445 Oviatt Rd.) with a short ( 30- 45 minute ) hike on the bridle trails. Afterwards, folks will learn about how they can safely hike the bridle trails, including how to pass a horse without spooking it.
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October 21 Appleicious Hike
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Trick or Treat on the Trail
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Thank you/ Sneak Peek Hike
Cozy Up to Winter Wonders
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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