Do you have a site in Cleveland Metroparks that is your go-to spot to help you unwind, or you find as a safe place to reminisce about your childhood or family memories?
Although I didn’t grow up in Ohio, as an employee of Cleveland Metroparks I find great joy in listening to your passionate and deep-rooted connections to the place we call the Emerald Necklace. I have heard stories of family traditions of morning breakfasts at picnic shelters, creek and river walks, drives through the parkways, fishing with friends, wandering the trails while mom or dad napped closeby on a Sunday afternoon. A myriad of fond memories have bubbled up as you have taken the time to recount your experiences, from one generation to the next.
Squire’s Castle, Squaw Rock, Tinker’s Creek, Garfield Park’s pool, Chippewa Creek, old Trailside Museums, Bonnie Park , Wallace Lake, Maple Grove Picnic Area… These are just a few of the locations that seem to be iconic Cleveland Metroparks locations.
A recurring theme that keeps surfacing with many of the people I interviewed for the 100th Anniversary celebration in 2017 is boating and hiking around Hinckley Lake. The boathouse since its inception in 1948 has taken on many forms, but renting boats, buying fishing bait and purchasing snacks have all carried through until today. .. I have several photos to share with you.
Hinckley boathouse - 1948
Hinckley Lake Boathouse - late 50s to early 60s
Voyageur Canoe Paddle program on Hinckley Lake - 2014
Hinckley Lake with an early morning mist. 2012
I hope this collection of historic photos and newspaper clippings jog your memory and send you back to some of the old haunts that conjure up wonderful memories of your own in Cleveland Metroparks.
If you have any photos of you and your family enjoying the park system through the years, we would love to see them. Just email digital scans to firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Chagrin Nature Center