Friday, April 25, 2014

Remarkable Lake County - Lake Metroparks-opoly (Part II)

The previous entry detailed the start of Lake County's crown jewel - its Metroparks system.  What began in 1958 as an attempt to set aside and preserve land / natural resources for future generations has blossomed into a county-wide conservancy that remains vibrant to this day.  Nearly three million visitors total embrace the opportunities each park property offers.  Today we challenge you to a brief trivia contest of various Lake Metroparks sites history.

Name the Park Property:

1.  Located on Dock Road, this creek property featured a 19th c. shipbuilding history, UGRR terminus, and early pioneer industry - sawmill and iron ore.

2.  The namesake purchased this 390 acre site in 1949.  Sandstone from its Quarry Pond provided building materials to many county landmarks including the Kirtland Temple (1831).  A ski center is also located on its grounds today.

3.  The Eber Howe home is situated on this park property.  Eber Howe was the founder of the Painesville Telegraph (1822-1976) and a noted county abolitionist and UGRR conductor.

4.  This  'Pond'  occupies 19 acres and was constructed between 1947-1951.  Pete was well known in Wickliffe lore.

5.  The 'Gorge' and 'Horse Barn' from the summer home of Maude Dolittle- teacher to the Halle Family children are key points of local history on this park site.

6.  Bald Eagles, Merlin, and smallmouth salamander are some of the rare finds of this 600 acre site located in nearby Perry.  Lake snowshoe hikes were possible this past winter.  An observation tower is planned for 2014.

7.  John Burroughs founded a club of naturalists in 1916.  By 1925, the Burroughs Club had made this site known around many conservancy circles on a grand scale.

8.  Samuel Huntington, the third Governor of Ohio and noted Ohio Justice once called this property his home.  In 1953 it was deeded over to the village and by 1990 was managed by the park system.

9.  This country estate mansion of Spanish Motif was once part of Millionaire's Row in Wickliffe.

10.  Located in Leroy Twp. this park property features a 360 million year old Chagrin Shale Cliff.

Issue 3 - Preserve Lake Metroparks is a renewal levy on May 6th that guarantees access to our park system for future generations.

1.  Arcola Creek  2. Chapin Forest Reservation  3. Big Creek at Liberty Hollow  4. Pete's Pond  5.  Penitentiary Glen Reservation  6.  Lake Erie Bluffs  7. Gully Brook  8. Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park  9.  Pine Ridge Golf Course  10. Hell Hollow

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