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Cleveland Metroparks announced today the
acquisition of the 155-acre Acacia Country Club property, located
in the city of Lyndhurst, as a donation from The Conservation Fund,
a national non-profit conservation organization.
The Board of Park Commissioners voted to accept the donation of
the Acacia Country Club property from The Conservation Fund at its
October 11 meeting.
�This land will be part of an inner Emerald Necklace,
directly serving the eastern suburbs that currently do not have a
Cleveland Metroparks reservation in their neighborhood, as well as
the broader Cuyahoga County community,� said Brian Zimmerman,
executive director of Cleveland Metroparks.
Earlier this month, the shareholders of Acacia Country Club
agreed to sell their property to The Conservation Fund for
preservation as open space in a crowded commercial corridor. The
Conservation Fund and Cleveland Metroparks are now conducting due
diligence on the deal, which is hoped to close in December.
The preservation of the Acacia property as open space directly
benefits the community and Euclid Creek Reservation, located
downstream from Acacia. This property triples the amount of
public open space for local residents to enjoy.
Cleveland Metroparks has owned property along Euclid Creek since
1920, and continues to own and operate Euclid Creek Reservation,
one of the most popular of Cleveland Metroparks reservations with
1.1 million visitors annually. The Acacia property could
welcome a similar number of visitors. In addition, with Euclid
Creek and two tributary streams flowing through the Acacia
property, preserving it as open space will enhance the health of
the watershed and the health of the community.
�The greater Cleveland area is truly fortunate to have so many
individuals and organizations that are passionate about the
outdoors and want to see Acacia remain as open space,� said Matt
Sexton, a Senior Vice President at The Conservation Fund. �We're
thankful to Cleveland Metroparks, as well as the Acacia
shareholders, for their vision in making this a possibility.�
With a mission of conservation, education and recreation,
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