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Amazon Smile

By on March 29, 2021

An Amazon Smile Account to benefit the Ashtabula County Metroparks via the Ashtabula County Parks Foundation has been established, use the attached  link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1816879  Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to the Parks Foundation.  You must do all your shopping through Amazon Smile which will link up directly with your current Amazon account.

 

*** To benefit the Ashtabula County Metroparks please select “Ashtabula County Parks Foundation” when shopping on Amazon Smile.

Please note:

  •  Gifts of appreciated stock can help reduce capital gain tax and remain a great way to make a gift.

 

  •  If you have reached the age currently 72 ½ where you need to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your traditional IRA’s, you can avoid paying taxes on them by donating that money directly to charity. This effectively reduces your adjusted gross income.

 

  • Please consult with your tax advisor to determine the best strategy for your philanthropic gifts.

 

Thank you for all of your support!  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1816879

 

 

Camp Peet

We are pleased to announce the parks have re-opened!

By on March 16, 2021

The Ashtabula County Metroparks have reopened the parks, pavilions and campsites. 

It is our priority to maintain the parks and operations with your safety in mind.  We will continue to follow Governor DeWine and the Ashtabula County General Health Department’s recommended safety protocols.   Please see the following COVID-19 Rules and Guidelines that allow the parks to remain open:  

  • Wear a mask – everyone 2 years of age and older wear a mask in public.
  • Social distancing – stay a least 6 feet from others that don’t live in your household.
  • Limit the people in-doors and at the pavilions to 30% maximum capacity.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Spring Wilflowers Video

Ohio wildflowers which will be popping up

By on March 10, 2021

Ohio wildflowers which will be popping up

ODNR Chief Botanist, Rick Gardner shares some interesting wildflower information in this video, as well as when Ohio’s wildflowers bloom and the best locations to view them.

Nature Nugget: Check out the following video on different Ohio wildflowers which will be popping up across the area soon!

http://ow.ly/YwSpp

waxwing bird on tree branch

September Bird Walk Hatches Corners

By on March 10, 2021

Recent Sam Wharram bird walk at Hatches Corners Metropark led by Marc Hanneman. Photos courtesy of Bobbie Rochow and Jeff & Kerri Coy

Warbler

Orange-Crowned Warbler

By on March 5, 2021

Orange-Crowned Warbler

Something you may see during May is the Orange-crowned Warbler

These don’t nest in Ohio, but you may see them fly through as they head north into Canada. You’ll see them more commonly in western states also. They winter in southern US states and in Mexico.

Learn more about The Biggest Week in American Birding>http://bit.ly/24BR3NH

More info at:  Ohio Nature Conservancy

asphalt parking lot in fall

New Trailhead parking area: Western Reserve Greenway Trail

By on November 19, 2019

A new parking area has been constructed on the Greenway Trail near Roaming Shores and is now open. The address is 2700 Rome Rock Creek Road.  Parking  is limited to persons wishing to hike, bike or cross country ski on the Greenway; vehicles pulling snowmobile trailers are to use the Lampson Staging Area Trailhead on Lampson Rd in Austinburg.

Geese flying over a lake with fall trees in background

Thank You

By on November 19, 2019

The Metroparks Board, Staff, and Volunteers are grateful for the overwhelming support of the voters and supporters throughout Ashtabula County for the passage of Ashtabula County Metroparks 2019 levy renewal. We are happy to serve you and continue to improve our parks.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

photo courtesy of Carl Feather

Red Brook Metropark entrance with tree

Ashtabula Metroparks Holds Red Brook Metropark Ribbon Cutting, Announces Improvements

By on October 8, 2019

Ashtabula County Metroparks is holding a Ribbon Cutting to dedicate its recently opened Red Brook Metropark on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:00pm, at the new park entrance sign at 4338 Lake Road West, Saybrook Township.

 

Ashtabula County Metroparks’ new Red Brook Metropark totals 145 acres of upland fields, recovering fairways, forest and 5 miles of paved and mowed trail loops. Metroparks acquired the former Ashtabula Country Club and Harbor Golf Course through the Western Reserve Land Conservancy using state and federal grant funds in October 2018 and is undertaking the process of transitioning from prior uses to an accessible wildlife habitat and nature preserve with trails.

 

Red Brook is expected to soon become a county resident favorite situated near the shores of Lake Erie, within walking distance of thousands of local residents and Kent State Ashtabula students, faculty and staff, and anchored by Martinis! Restaurant. Ashtabula Metroparks protects nearly two miles of Red Brook, a cold-water habitat stream that supports Steelhead trout and many native fish species.

 

The development of Red Brook Metropark into a four-season park attraction will occur in many phases, as a transition from golf course to full-fledged Metropark supporting migratory birds and other wildlife takes time and considerable funds. The planning and additions of wildlife habitats such as wetlands, meadows, emerging forests, buffered stream corridors will be costly and requires the securing of millions in grant monies.

This newly opened Metropark already has a large, repaved driveway, restriped parking lot, 3 miles of paved trail for hiking, fishing, dog-walking and birdwatching.

Metroparks is pleased to provide a Metropark within walking distance of both Ashtabula and Saybrook Township residents. It provides public access to two miles of a beautiful and healthy fishing stream and Lake Erie tributary in addition to its existing and planned hiking trails.

“Red Brook Metropark is already being used by residents as well as Ashtabula County visitors; we expect this park and preserve to be a favorite throughout the County. Metroparks is happy to provide this resource to our community”, commented Metroparks Board Vice President and local Saybrook resident, Marie Lane.

This ribbon-cutting event will precede a brief community update meeting which will be held on Monday, October 28, at 5:30pm at Martinis! banquet room.  Metroparks will announce its initial plans and grants secured to undertake the development of an ADA-accessible upland trail, habitat restoration, sledding hill and benches and tables. The county-wide park system has been able to obtain another $769,000 in Clean Ohio grants to construct upland trails and install 30 acres of native habitat. These funds must be matched by in-kind or local cash donations in order to leverage this sizable state grant. Some of the matching funds will be derived from donated plants and labor such as that provided by the Ashtabula County Master Gardeners Club and US Fish and Wildlife Service as well as planned native plants to be propagated by ATECH through its Horticulture program. While some $270,000 in Metroparks funds were committed to secure the grant, Ashtabula Metroparks plans to leverage additional state, federal and/or local grant money to stretch its levy funds as far as possible for other projects throughout the County.

Ashtabula County Metroparks is an Ohio Revised Code statutory park district providing quality park experiences in ten currently open parks covering over 1,200 acres of publicly accessible parkland throughout Ashtabula County and founded in 1959. It owns and manages 30 miles of paved, ADA accessible greenway and bike trails as well as more than 15 miles of primitive trails throughout its park system. Ashtabula County Metroparks is primarily funded through a five-year park levy which passed in 2014, which has permitted the significant expansion of its park holdings and open parks. Since 2014, Metroparks has tripled the number of open parks and publicly accessible acreage as well as adding amenities throughout the Western Reserve Greenway Trail and each of its open parks.

For further information on Metroparks’ parks, events or other activities, please visit the Ashtabula County Metroparks website or Facebook page. You may reserve a pavilion/shelter free or enjoy the many programs offered by park volunteers for your outdoor enjoyment. You can register on our Facebook page or the Ashtabula County Metroparks website at www.ashtabulametroparks.com. For questions, please call (440) 576-0717.