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...
Saturday, September 22
We need you to help install wayfinding sign posts at the Richfield Heritage Preserve! Please meet at the Pack Out Building at 9 am on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Wear long pants and bring work gloves. Teamwork makes the dreamwork! See you Saturday! - Susan
The Barberrians Crew will meet at Gund Hall 9:15 am to destroy any remaining barberry bushes lurking in the immediate vicinity. Bring work gloves, insect repellent, drinking water, and your favorite shovel.
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. Times vary. 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
For more ways to be part of this exciting team click on Volunteer
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
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Third Tuesday every month
September session cancelled.
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.
with Jim McClintock
September 8 & 22,
October 6 & 20
( see flier at left)
Sunday, September 16
celebrating FoCH membership
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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