It all started with a selfless act by one Painesville landowner looking to share what he knew was a special piece of his personal property. Bill Wyman’s donation of 30 acres of his land at the confluence of Big Creek and the Grand River (now Helen Hazen Wyman Park) led to the creation of the Lake County Metropolitan Park District – now known as Lake Metroparks...
The lands and waters of the Great Lakes are like no other place. People are connecting to beaches, open waters, bluffs and rivers because of the natural beauty, fishing, swimming and other advantages that the Great Lakes and its natural wonders offer.
Lake Metroparks has six parks that provide access to Lake Erie. Both natural and sandy beaches and scenic overlooks characterize our coastal parks.
Lake Erie is a majestic natural resource but perhaps the rivers and creeks that drain into the lake are our greatest natural resources. Over the past 10,000 years, our rivers and creeks have been carving through rocky terrain, forming some of the most scenic river valleys in Ohio. Lake Metroparks boasts nine parks along the Grand River in eastern and central Lake County, and two parks along the Chagrin River in western Lake County. These parks are a paddling and fishing destination for people from all over the Midwest.
Lake Metroparks continues to manage Lake County’s unique natural resources with an eye toward biological diversity and the protection of critical habitat. We strive to balance the needs of recreational park users with careful planning and active resource management. Geographic information systems (GIS) and digital mapping utilize a multitude of physical and biological data sets assisting in the planning and analysis of resource management activities.
Lake Metroparks has been at the forefront of providing publicly accessible, educational demonstrations of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
--Andy Baker, Administrator for Lake Metroparks Farmpark.
Lake Metroparks collaborates with other county agencies to collectively increase the amount of materials currently recycled in our community to equal previous levels, and then surpass that to set new records for materials recycled within Lake County.
Much of the work that Lake Metroparks does protecting land is supported in one way or another by partnerships that have been crafted over several years. Two prime examples are the Grand River Partnership and the Chagrin River Watershed Partners. We also work with a number of non-profit groups and federal, state and local agencies
and the dedicated support and hard work of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and The Trust for Public Lands.
Lake Erie Bluffs: A successful modern conservation story
Over the past several years, Lake Metroparks worked with various local conservation partners to complete a detailed study of the Lake Erie Bluffs site and together they produced a conceptual master plan that illustrated how conservation, recreation and economic development can all be sustained within and around the project area. The development of Lake Erie Bluffs was made possible with help from a wide range of committed partners. Working together, this collaborative effort secured more than $10 million in local, state and federal competitive grants and donations to purchase the $11 million property. More than 1.6 miles of undeveloped shoreline and nearly 600 acres of diverse and important natural habitat are now protected by Lake Metroparks thanks to the help of many valuable partners. Click here to learn more about Lake Erie Bluffs.
Regionally and throughout the state, changes in habitat and the elimination of natural predators have allowed deer herds to grow to unnatural densities. In order to restore and maintain a balanced ecosystem, Lake Metroparks implemented and conducts an annual deer management program.