I feel like I am always promoting my love for the Cleveland Metroparks: and for good reason – it’s one of my favorite things about the Northeast Ohio area. This past Saturday morning, I got the hubby and the fuzz up and going to get back to the trails and get out for a hike:
Their mission statement: Cleveland Metroparks will conserve significant natural resources and enhance people’s lives by providing safe, high-quality outdoor education, recreation, and zoological opportunities. Further, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is committed to improving the future for wildlife.
How it all got started: The oldest park district in Ohio, the Cleveland Metropolitan Park District was born in 1917, the initiative of a young, self-taught engineer who had conceived the idea of an outer chain of parks with connecting boulevards some 12 years earlier. William Stinchcomb’s genius was to anticipate the future need for open space at a time when Cuyahoga County outside of Cleveland was still largely rural. From a few scattered donations of land in the Rocky River Valley, the Park District grew to embrace some of the most scenic areas of Greater Cleveland.
More on the hiking trails: Hundreds of miles of hiking trails cross the more than 20,000 acres of Cleveland Metroparks. Trails exist in every reservation with a variety of vistas and terrains, and can be located by contacting a Cleveland Metroparks naturalist at one of the six outdoor education facilities.
I plan to start using the all-purpose trails more often for my 2010 resolution of becoming a runner. From their website: Cleveland Metroparks provides over 60 miles of paved, all purpose trails for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating.
Fun Fact: The Metroparks are also known as the “Emerald Necklace” since the series of forest preserves “drape” across the Northeastern Ohio region.
You can tell by the photos that we had a great time Saturday morning. My favorite hiking trail is a rugged four miler. I didn’t tell Hans just how long this trail was until we were about 1/2 mile in – oops! 🙂 On the other hand, Grady’s an old pro and rocked it like he was just on the trail yesterday. I can’t wait to make hiking a weekly occurrence again – let’s just hope the CLE weather cooperates!
SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO: That restaurant review of Bucci’s Brick Oven I’ve been promising!