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 Richfield Joint Recreation District ( RJRD )
Membership vote on proposed mission statement change:
Current statement: to keep Crowell Hilaka safe, vibrant, and accessable.
Proposed statement: FoCH is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to supporting the RJRD through preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Richfield Heritage Preserve; formerly Crowell Hilaka
Rocky River Watershed Council summer picnic at
What is "Friends of Crowell Hilaka" ?
( aka FoCH. pronounced "folk" )
FoCH is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to supporting the RJRD through preserving, promoting, protecting, and enhancing Richfield Heritage Preserve; formerly Crowell Hilaka. more...
Garage Sale update: drum roll please.........Net income...... $1,250.00!
Thank you to all donors and helpers. We all made an amazing team.
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
Become a Member of FoCH
3rd Tuesday of every month. Everyone welcome!!
August 15, 2017
Mission statement change.
Details at left
Meeting at 7
Richfield Heritage Preserve
at Crowell Hilaka
Pick up YOUR new map of Richfield Heritage Preserve at a meeting when you pay your 2017 dues.
The map is FREE !
Available ONLY to FoCHs !
Full color, 11 x17 map including the new Buckeye Trail segment that winds through the park. On the flip side is a summary of the park history: from Oviatts to RJRD!
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.
Kirby's Mill Restoration Project
planning in progress
Shop and help! FoCH has joined the Amazon Smile program. A portion of your purchases can come to FoCH. Visit the Donate page for details!
The Property Map - Directions
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