Crowell Hilaka belongs to
the people of Richfield, Ohio as of June 30, 2015
Grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. There is no admission fee.
Enter at 4374 Broadview Rd. Richfield, OH 44286. The driveway, flagged with the RJRD banner, is between Giant Eagle and the blue "Highest Point in Summit County" sign. Visit the RJRD web site for the latest updates.
Friends of Crowell Hilaka are for forever grateful to the citizens of Richfield for saving this beautiful and historic treasure.
Crowell Hilaka, "Ohio's Hidden Treasure", 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. 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. As time passed, few in Richfield remembered the beautiful estates. In 2015, the property was purchased by the citizens of Richfield. It is being transformed into a park for public enjoyment.
Name change? The RJRD board expects to vote on a new name for the park as early as their next meeting on August 22. FoCH takes no stance on changing or keeping the name. But we are happy to provide background on the origin of the name "Crowell Hilaka"
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
FoCH deeply regrets the loss of our dear friend, Nick Slifcak.
Nick was manger of Camp Julia Crowell during the 1990's. He was loved for his willingness to help out, his expertise, and his ready sense of humor.
Nick loved Crowell Hilaka and was profoundly happy that his fellow citizens chose to save it.
If making a donation to FoCH in honor of Nick, please mark your donation "NIck Slifcak Memorial Fund"
FoCH submitted a streamlined list of project proposals to the RJRD after the Governance Committee requested that we reformat our work offer to include goals, objectives, and evaluation criteria. We removed projects already finished and elaborated on the things we would still like to do:
1) restore Kirby's Mill
2) donate interpretive signboards that show the significance of KIrby's work, the Mill, the patented lake, and Garfield Hall
3) work toward native species restoration
4) restore the historic gardens
5) Monitor the perimeter fence
6) Assist with Trail upkeep
What are Friends of Crowell Hilaka ?
( aka FoCH. pronounced "folk" )
We are a fan club for the park. We love the place! We want to see it become an ecological, recreational, historic, and educational resource for the public. Some of us are newcomers. Some of us have a past association. Some of us live in Richfield. Some of us don’t. But we all want to work together with the RJRD board to make this the best place it can be. more...
Become a Member of FoCH
3rd Tuesday of every month. Everyone welcome!!
September 20, 2016
Crowell Hilaka - North entrance 4374 Broadview Rd.
Richfield, OH 44286
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.
Interested in learning more about old mills? This year, the Society for the Preservation Of Old Mills (SPOOM) national conference is (relatively) close to home in Dayton! October 19 - 22. Come for all or part. Interested in carpooling or convoy? Email Lynn.
Kirby's Mill Restoration Project
planning in progress
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Help the RJRD: Richfield Joint Recreation District is always accepting volunteers. Learn more
The Property Map - Directions
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