RJRD Names the Park
The Richfield Joint Recreation District (RJRD) is proud to announce that the park located at 4374 Broadview Rd Richfield, OH has been officially named Richfield Heritage Preserve. The RJRD Board of Trustees voted to name the park at its meeting of August 22, 2016. We are excited to take this step as one of many as we plan the future of Richfield Heritage Preserve. A significant next step will be to begin discussing the master plan for the park that we have been working on with our consultant, the Environmental Design Group.
The RJRD park: Richfield Heritage Preserve
Produced by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy
The purchase of the property, located between Broadview Road and Oviatt Road, north of Route 303, is a 336-acre park-like space. Formerly owned and operated for the past 80 years by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO), Richfield Heritage Preserve offers many amenities including hiking trails and fishing. Historic buildings in the park were once owned by the Oviatt and Neal families and inventor Mr. Jim Kirby. The mill and waterwheel are on the National Register of Historic Places. It generated electric power for Kirby’s lab and workshop, a house that was originally air-conditioned by diverting spring water to flow over its roof and a hall that was built on enormous trolley springs that bounced as people danced.
The Board of Trustees have found the natural resources and historic buildings present to be a valuable asset that would allow for the development of an urban recreational area and historic education for the community of Richfield as well as a tourist draw for visitors near and far. On December 5, 2014 the Board of Trustees entered into two purchase and sales agreements with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy for this property. You may view those documents here:
Clean Ohio Parcel
Non-Clean Ohio Parcel