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The mission of Lake Metroparks is to conserve and preserve the natural resources of Lake County while providing a variety of safe, affordable and enjoyable educational and recreational programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in Lake County now
and for the generations to follow.
Portions of two state designated wild and scenic rivers - and many tributaries - flow through and are protected by Lake Metroparks. Lake Metroparks annually provides nearly two-and-a-half million
vistors with countless recreational and educational experiences at diverse facilities including an agriculturally themed park, a nature center, a state-of-the-art education and wildlife rehabilitation center, two golf courses, a 4.8-mile paved bike/hike trail, six parks on Lake Erie's shoreline and a cross-country ski center.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
Dennis E. Eckart • Ellen Foley Kessler • Frank J. Polivka
Park improvement project at Chagrin River Park
Lake Metroparks announces
UPDATE: Access limited/closed at Reeves Road entrance during project
beginning Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
Park remains opens with alternate entrances
WILLOUGHBY - Lake Metroparks announces a park improvement project at Chagrin River Park. The parking lot located at the Reeves Road entrance will be paved beginning this week. Work will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8, and is scheduled to be completed Tuesday, May 14. There will be limited to no access to the park through the Reeves Road entrance throughout this project. Dates this entrance is scheduled to be closed are Thursday, May 9, Friday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 14.
Chagrin River Park will remain open for visitation. Visitors may park and enter Chagrin River Park at one of the two other entrances. These are located at 1000 Rural Drive (Eastlake) and 37699 Erie Road (Willoughby). Each entrance offers trails that reach all destinations in the park including the picnic areas, shelter and playground located off the Reeves Road entrance. A picnic shelter and picnic areas are also available at the Rural Drive entrance.
Rural Drive entrance: Take Rt. 2 to Lost Nation Road and go north. Turn left onto Reeves Road; pass the Reeves Road entrance and follow to Rural Drive. Turn left and the entrance is located at the end of Rural Drive.
Erie Road entrance (From the east): Take Route 2 to the Lost Nation Road exit and go south to St. Clair Street (directly across from the east-bound Route 2/Lost Nation exit ramp). Follow the St. Clair Street detour south on Lost Nation Road to Erie Road. Turn right onto Erie Road. Chagrin River Park is located beyond the St. Clair Street intersection on the right.
Erie Road entrance (From the west): Take Route 2 to the Lost Nation Road exit. Follow the St. Clair Street detour south on Lost Nation Road to Erie Road. Turn right onto Erie Road. Chagrin River Park is located beyond the St. Clair Street intersection on the right.
For more information or to check access updates, visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-639-7275.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
May 18 & 19 • 9 am to 5 pm
Featuring the Clemson Show Belgians and the Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team
440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276 • email
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KIRTLAND – The majestic beauty of the horse is yours to enjoy during HorseFest. Meet more than 20 breeds of horses from the very small to the very tall. Plus Farmpark's own Percheron and Belgian draft teams. Experience the splendor and grace of the horse, and discover how they have been used by man throughout history for work and pleasure. Saddle up for family fun during HorseFest at Farmpark May 18 and 19. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm.
Clemson Show Belgians
The Clemson Show Belgians from Chardon will amaze you as these mighty horses, weighing more than 2000 pounds each are hitched from tandem to four- and six-horse hitch. For their finale, feel the ground shake as eight giant Belgians thunder past Showman’s circle!
Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team
The premier mounted drill team of the State of Ohio is The Ohio Top Hands Rodeo Drill Team. Since 1998 The Ohio Top Hands have performed for fairs, horse expositions, festivals, rodeos and horse shows as far west as Reno, Nevada; as far east as Truro, Nova Scotia; north into Canada and south as far as Texas. They have participated in the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade and The Indianapolis 500 Festival. They are professional champions of the American West, keeping alive the romance and tradition of the free spirit and beauty of the world of horses. Since 1999 twenty-three Top Hands horses have been made into collectible Peter Stone models and are available world-wide.
Equine Presentations, Demonstrations, and Exhibits
Find out about the different breeds, riding disciplines and uses for these versatile animals. You will see Clydesdales, Belgians, Friesians, Miniatures, and many more. HorseFest is an equine showcase offering a variety of hands-on activities, presentations, training techniques, and demonstrations for all ages to enjoy.
Learn to line driveas you take the reins of one of Farmpark’s mighty draft horses; a Farmpark equine staff member will walk with you. Hands-on children's equine activities throughout the weekend include grooming, line driving and cart driving a miniature horse. Pony rides are available for $4, weather permitting.
Meet the Breed:
Throughout the day in Showman’s Circle you can enjoy one-on-one encounters with a variety of breeds of horses, including the Lusitano, Morgan, Norwegian Fjord and for the first time at HorseFest, the Black Forest Horse. The Black Forest horse, considered a draft type, is a rare and endangered breed native to Germany, currently there are only about 1000 in existence. A great photo opportunity!
New this year, the Trumbull Career and Technical Center Drill Team will demonstrate their skills (Sunday only). The Maypine Equestrian Center will show techniques of horse jumping both days.
The General’s Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron returns this year with another skill-at-arms competition. The mastery of weapons proficiency can mean the difference between life and death, victory and defeat. Skill-at-arms competitions are a way of encouraging excellence within the unit while skill-at-arms demonstrations are a way of engaging the public support.
Other demonstrations include:
- Side saddle
- Horse & Hound relay competition
- Unique Draft Unicorn Demonstration (three-horse hitch)
- Mounted unit competition
- Cowboy team field challenge
- Light Horse Brigade presents Horses and History
- Lake Metroparks Honor Guard
- Cavalcade of Breeds
- Musical rides
- Pony rides ($4) and children’s activities
During HorseFest visit vendors offering various equine-related products and services.
During your visit to Farmpark, milk a cow, take a horse or tractor-drawn wagon ride, make ice cream, meet farm animals in the Well Bred Shed and Barnyard, plus visit the Plant Science Center to explore The Great Tomato Works, solar and wind power, and hydroponics displays. Visit Farmpark’s Gift Shop for a great selection of unique gift ideas. Enjoy lunch or snack at the J & J Cafe.
Admission to HorseFest is $6; ages 60 and over, $5; ages 2 to 11, $4; Farmpark members and children younger than two are free. 4-H groups receive discounted admission. For more information visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276).
HorseFest 2013 is presented by Discount Drug Mart, Tractor Supply Company and Western Reserve Farm- Cooperative, Red Roof Inn, and Big Creek Veterinary Hospital. Supporting sponsors include Bremec’s Greenhouse and Nursery, Schneider’s and Universal Disposal.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland.
Directions: Take I 90 to the Rt. 306 exit; head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.
Manager, Registration and Visitors Services
Are you planning a picnic, reunion, graduation party or special gathering next year. Make your plans now to hold your event at one of Lake Metroparks’ 13 reservable picnic shelters.
Lake Metroparks invites people to register for picnic shelter reservations for 2013. Reserve your shelter online through the park website, , or by calling the Lake Metroparks Registration Department at 440-358-7275 or 800-669-9226. Reservations may also be made by phone, mail, and in person at the Lake Metroparks Registration Office.
All shelters provide picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and other amenities and are great for family reunions or other special gatherings. Some of the shelters include power, nearby trails, playground equipment, and volleyball courts for additional fun. For a complete listing of the shelters and their amenities, visit lakemetroparks.com. Shelter reservations may be made for the following park locations:
Chagrin River Park (Reeves Road Entrance)
3100 Reeves Rd., Willoughby. Shelter capacity is 75. Park amenities include playground equipment, sand volleyball court, hiking trails, fishing in the Chagrin River, a recreational field, and electricity.
Chagrin River Park (Rural Drive Entrance)
1000 Rural Drive, Eastlake. The shelter capacity is 75 and has electricity. Park amenities include hiking trails, and a recreational field.
Chapin Forest Reservation - Twin Ponds
10381 Hobart Road, Kirtland. Shelter capacity is 75 and has electricity. Park amenities include a playground area, recreational field, volleyball, hiking trails, cross-country skiing, ski rental, fishing, and a fireplace in the shelter.
Chapin Forest Reservation - Quarry Shelter
10090 Chillicothe Road (Rt. 306), Kirtland. The shelter capacity is 75, and overlooks a small pond. Park amenities include hiking trails and fishing.
Concord Woods Nature Park
11211 Spear Rd, Concord Township. Shelter capacity is 75. Park amenities include playground equipment, electricity, hiking trails, fishing, and a fireplace in the shelter.
Girdled Road Reservation
Located on Radcliffe Road in Concord. The shelter capacity is 250 and overlooks a pond. Park amenities include electricity, ball field, playground, hiking trails, and fishing.
Gully Brook Park
Located on River Road in Willoughby Hills. The shelter capacity is 75 and has electricity. Shelter has grills. This park offers a hiking trail, playground, and three additional picnic areas with grills.
Helen Hazen Wyman Park
6121 Painesville-Warren Road, Concord Township (alongside Big Creek). The shelter capacity is 75.
Park amenities include water, (May - October), playground equipment, fishing, and game field.
Hidden Valley Park
4880 Klasen Road, Madison, (alongside the Grand River). Shelter capacity is 75. Park amenities include electricity, ball field, hiking trails, and fishing.
4799 Lockwood Road, Perry (on the shores of Lake Erie). Shelter capacity is 75. Park amenities include electricity, sundial, gazebo and paved All Peoples Trail.
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Kirtland. Shelter capacity is 75. Park amenities include hiking trails, Nature Center with gift shop, Wildlife Center, and fishing.
4895 Bailey Road, Madison (alongside the Grand River). Shelter capacity is 75. Park amenities include electricity, and winter sledding.
5740 Hopkins Road, Mentor. Shelter capacity is 75. Park amenities include electricity, playground equipment, fishing, hiking trails, and a fireplace in the shelter.
For Lake County residents wishing to reserve a picnic shelter, a $50 refundable deposit (payable by credit card, check or cash in person/phone and via credit card online) is required at the time of reservation. Residents living outside Lake County pay a $25 non-refundable rental fee in addition to the $50 refundable deposit. Payment can be made in person, or mailed to Lake Metroparks Registration Department, 11211 Spear Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077. For more information, call the Lake Metroparks Registration Department at (440) 358-7275 or 1-800-669-9226. The office is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.