About the Project
Cleveland Metroparks and its partners are working to restore the historic Garfield Pond at Garfield Park. The pond will serve as the hub for Cleveland Metroparks Youth Outdoors and Outdoor Recreation programming. Restoration of Garfield pond, Wolf Creek and adjacent wetlands is the first phase of this multi-phase project. Future programming includes youth fishing and ‘try it’ watersports including kayaking, fishing, and stand-up paddle boarding. Future phases will add a program center, a kayak launch, fishing platforms and improve trails.
History of Garfield Pond
Garfield Park Reservation has been a popular destination in the surrounding community since it became a public park in 1894. The park formerly featured two ponds, first built in the early 1900s, that served as a year-round destination for family activities included fishing, row boating and ice skating. However, the construction boom of the 1950s and 60s led to the deterioration of Wolf Creek. The ponds through erosion, sediment build-up and poor water quality, filled in with sediment. The recreational and educational opportunities that had drawn generations of families to the ponds were lost.
Remnants of the historic park, including stone bridges, stairs and walls can be seen among Garfield Park’s 223 acres of streams, woods, open meadows, and recreational areas. The stone walls constructed in the 1940s is the only evidence of the former ponds.
The first phase of the project will restore Wolf Creek by stabilizing streambanks, enhancing aquatic habitat, removing invasive species and planting over an acre of trees and shrubs. The project will also restore approximately 3 acres of wetlands in the area.
Construction for the project is expected to begin in the Fall of 2021 and be completed in a phased approach beginning with the pond and stream restoration. The project is still in design phase but has already garnered significant support from public and private sources. Additional opportunities for community involvement and philanthropy will be shared once final design is complete. Visit clevelandmetroparks.com/donate for more information.
Stay tuned for opportunities to participate in onsite activities or socially distanced tours.