Public Places: Parks/Reservations
If you're an animal lover who's never felt comfortable visiting a zoo, you'll appreciate Noah's Lost Ark. It provides safe, comfortable, permanent homes for some of the world's most misunderstood and mistreated animals. All kinds of creatures end up here, such as tigers, wolves, and kangaroos.
The reservation includes a nature center and nature-education building, a number of trails, and picnic areas. Sanctuary Marsh and Sunset Pond are both popular areas to observe waterfowl. The reservation is also home to Manakiki Golf Course, located off SOM Center and Eddy roads in Willoughby Hills.
In 1972, the family of William and Grace O'Neil donated their family farm to the Summit County Metro Parks. The park was named in honor of the founder of the General Tire and Rubber Company, whose son, M. Gerald O'Neil, served nine years on the Board of Park Commissioners.
Old Woman Creek is the smallest reserve in the National Estuarine Research System. It is also the only Great Lakes-type, freshwater estuary in the system. The reserve features freshwater marshes, swamp forests, a barrier beach, upland forest, and estuarine waters near Lake Erie.
Osborn Park offers its visitors 163 acres in which to enjoy nature and recreational activities. Acquired in separate parcels, the park's first and largest area of 160 acres was donated by the Erie County Commission, which purchased it from the state in 1974.
The falls were once called Bakers Falls, named for the Baker family, who had lived in the area since the early 1800s and operated one of the first mills. In 1974, the area was named Paine Falls, at which time it was dedicated as a park by Lake Metroparks.
More than 400 acres of natural beauty. Enjoy hiking trails, picnic shelters, exhibits, a gift shop, and wildlife center.
Plum Creek Park is one of the best examples of recycling found in Medina County. Formerly the Brunswick Township landfill, this site has been transformed into a scenic park by the park district. Beginning with the original 30-acre landfill site, the park district has added more than 160 additional acres. The 1.5-mile nature trail at Plum Creek offers visitors a chance to enjoy the scenic, mature forest located on this property.
The name given to the area comes from one of the previous owners of the property. His daughter, named Princess, liked to play on the sandstone ledges located on the property, thus the name "Princess Ledges." The beautiful ledges on the site become a fascinating site in the winter, as ice forms from springs flowing from the rock formations. This area is heavily wooded and offers an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers.
Punderson State Park boasts a natural lake, resort manor house, family cottages, golf course, and scenic campgrounds. It provides myriad recreational opportunities for visitors. Punderson is also Ohio's premier winter sports park. Sledding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing are all at their best.
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