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Music Along the River 2018

By on June 26, 2018


Join us at the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark for Music Along the River 2018, August
17th-19th. This year’s festival features old time string band, ‘Mr. Haney,’ and local bluegrass
band, ‘Young and Blue.’ Want to hone your musical skills? Attend a free workshop on guitar,
banjo, mountain dulcimer or ukulele. Like to play? Join our drum circle on Friday night, then sit
in with our old time musicians on Saturday and our Celtic Sessiun on Sunday. Or, start your
own informal jam on the banks of the beautiful Grand River! Festival hours are 7-9PM Friday
and 11-6PM Saturday and Sunday. Food will be available on site and admission is free. For
more information visit:

RTV driving down greenway trail

Greenway Trail closures and delays

By on June 11, 2018

Please be advised: the Greenway Trail from Rock Creek south to Orwell will be receiving a fresh coat of sealant. Work is scheduled to start Wednesday June 13th. There may be closures or delays. Please be patient. Thank you!



By on May 17, 2018


Ashtabula County Metroparks and ACDL set to Rock this summer

Park visitors can search for special painted rocks

JEFFERSON—Ashtabula County Metroparks and the Ashtabula County District Library (ACDL) are partners in a summer 2018 project that will make park visitation fun, and possibly profitable, for individuals and families.

#MetroParksRocks! and #ACDLRocks! are the social media hashtags for the Rocks! collaborative developed by Lyn Glover, ACDL Circulation Coordinator, and the volunteer programming committee of Metroparks.

“Metroparks was looking at ways to increase traffic in the parks this summer,” said Larry Frimerman, Metroparks Executive Director. “One of the ways we are doing this is by offering a slate of events and programs, which are described in our online program guide (accessible at and But we also wanted to encourage independent exploration of the parks and their miles of trails.”

The committee noted the success of the #AshtabulaRocks! effort, which uses hand-painted rocks and photos of the rocks to create social media buzz. #AshtabulaRocks! and ACDL  were approached about the idea of placing painted rocks in select Metroparks and then using social media to generate interest by showing images of the landscape where rocks are found.

“I founded “#AshtabulaRocks!” with my friend Amy Bevilacqua in the spring of 2016, as a way to promote positive messages throughout Ashtabula County,” Glover says. “I love anything to do with art. I also have a degree in environmental biology, so when Ashtabula County Metroparks approached ACDL to implement the new #MetroParksRocks!/#ACDLRocks! cooperative project, I was a perfect fit to spearhead the effort of ACDL.”

ACDL this year streamlined new Art Lab programs for adults and children that are free and open to the public. Several of the labs have been dedicated to painting the special rocks, which will be placed in designated Metroparks. Nature themes dominate.

“It’s so exciting to see patrons explore their creativity,” Glover said. “The (Rocks) project is one of many fun programs being held at the library this summer. We want to have programs that appeal to all of our patrons, whether they are 2 or 92.”

Dozens of rocks have been painted for the project, and Glover says the painting will continue through early May to ensure a good supply of the artsy rocks.

“Additionally, we’ll have a rock painting table at the Longest Day of Play on June 23, at Lake Shore Park,” Glover says.

Carl E. Feather, who started the Photographers in the Parks group in 2017, suggested that the photographers place a rock wherever they find something interesting or beautiful to photograph. Most days during the contest period, May 1 to Sept. 30, 2018, one of their photos will be posted on the Facebook pages of the ACDL and Metroparks.

“We really want people to get into the parks and use their powers of observation to make connections to the landscape, flora and inspiring features of the environment,” Frimerman said. “This approach also helps the participant understand how a photographer ‘sees’ a scene differently from a casual visitor.”

Participating parks are: Harpersfield Covered Bridge (both sides), Western Reserve Greenway Trail (entire length), Camp Peet, Eyring Wetlands, Hatches Corners, Lampson Reservoir, Blakeslee/Friends of Conneaut Creek (no rocks will be placed in the pollinator garden!). All rocks must be placed on the trail.

And what happens when a rock is located? Ideally, it is not to be taken as a souvenir of the visit. Rather, the person or family who finds a rock is to take a selfie photo of themselves with it and post that picture to their social media sites with the hashtags #MetroParksRocks! and #ACDLRocks!  Share information about your visit to the park, what you found interesting and how your family used it as an outing.

Once the picture is posted, the finder must send an email to with “Rocks” in the subject line to be entered in the contest. The email should include the finder’s name, the number of the rock (printed on the unique ID tag on the back) and park where it was located. Each email entry will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the season.

Glover said that a bonus entry can be earned if the person finding the rock takes their cellphone or tablet to either the ACDL in Ashtabula or the Geneva branch and shows the post to a library assistant at the circulation desk.

“It is important that they include the hashtags in their initial post because they will be used to verify that winners followed the proper procedure when their names are drawn at the end of the contest,” Glover said.

Persons who find a rock and document the find online, have the fun of placing the rock in a new Metroparks location, either within the same park or another participating Ashtabula County Metropark. They are encouraged to post their own “clue picture” on social media.

“We’d like to see just how far these rocks can travel over the contest period,” Sheryle Kvitko, chair of the Programming Committee said. “Of course, what we really want is have park users visit new locations throughout the contest period and discover all the Metroparks have to offer.”

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To ensure a fair competition, entries from anyone initially placing the rocks (eg. Photographers in the Parks members) or ACDL or Metroparks staff members will be excluded from the drawing.


Bike Safety and Helmet Giveaway Event

By on May 15, 2018

    Metroparks Hosts Bike Safety and Helmet Giveaway Event May 20 on the Greenway Trail

Jefferson, OH. Ashtabula County Metroparks and its Bike Patrol will conduct “Get Ready To Ride”, a bicycle safety and helmet giveaway to as part of Bike Safety Week on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 1:30 – 4:30pm at the Western Reserve Greenway Lampson Road Staging Area, 2550 Lampson Road, Austinburg Township.  The event is one of several being held by Metroparks in conjunction with the Ohio Chapter of the American Association of Pediatrics.

What’s Happening:
The Ashtabula County Metroparks bicycle safety and helmet giveaway event will be anchored with a special bicycle safety and training with different stations featuring experts whom will help and teach participants with minor bike maintenance and getting bikes road-ready (tire pressure, brake and seat adjustments, etc.), rationale and proper fitting of safety helmets, proper operation of bicycles, avoidance of obstacles with a small obstacle course,  as well as supervised and guided test-rides on the Western Reserve Greenway.  Greenway trail maps will be provided by Ashtabula County Metroparks.  The event is led by Bike Patrol President Mary Neary and other Bike Patrol members, as well as Metroparks staff and volunteers.  Helmets will be given away to all participating children, while supplies last.

“Metroparks and Ashtabula County are so grateful for the grant of 140 children’s bicycle helmets from the American Association of Pediatricians as part of their “Put a Lid on it” Bike Safety program”, noted Larry Frimerman, Executive Director of Ashtabula County Metroparks.

Metroparks’ event is being done in coordination with, and in honor of National Bike Safety Week, and Bike Safety Month.  Stay tuned for additional bike safety and helmet giveaway events throughout the summer!

In addition to the volunteer Bike Patrol providing Greenway safety and security, Ashtabula County Metroparks is hiring rangers to provide peak and off-hour uniformed security along the 27.5 mile Western Reserve Greenway and all of Ashtabula County’s Metroparks!   Ashtabula County Metroparks is committed to providing safe, clean, and accessible parks and quality outdoor park experiences. Ashtabula Metroparks- for fun, for health, for life!  To volunteer for the Bike Patrol or for more information, see the Metroparks website at, its Facebook page, or contact the Metroparks office at (440) 576-0717.




Sea Lamprey Control Planned for Lake Erie Tributary

By on April 11, 2018

Contact: Scott Grunder (231) 398-4220
Ludington Biological Station
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will apply lampricides to the Conneaut Creek systems in Ashtabula County to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom. The applications will be conducted between April 17 and April 26, 2018 in accordance with State of Ohio permits. Application will be complete in about six days. Application dates are tentative and may be changed based upon local weather or stream conditions near the time of treatment.
Sea lamprey larvae live in certain Great Lakes tributaries and transform to parasitic adults that migrate to the Great Lakes and kill fish. Failure to kill the larvae in streams would result in significant damage to the Great Lakes fishery. Infested tributaries must be treated every three to five years with lampricides to control sea lamprey populations.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency have reviewed human health and environmental safety data for lampricides, and in 2003 concluded that the lampricides (Lampricid and Bayluscide) pose no unreasonable risk to the general population and the environment when applied at concentrations necessary to control larval sea lampreys. However, as with any pesticide, the public is advised to use discretion and minimize unnecessary exposure. Lampricides are selectively toxic to sea lampreys, but a few fish, insect, and broadleaf plants are sensitive. Persons confining bait fish or other organisms in stream water are advised to use an alternate water source because lampricides may cause mortality among aquatic organisms stressed by crowding and handling. Agricultural irrigation must be suspended for 24 hours, during and following treatment.
Extensive preparations are required for a safe and effective stream treatment. Prior to treatment, personnel collect data on stream water chemistry and discharge. In addition, they may conduct on-site toxicity tests with lampricides and stream flow studies with dyes that cause stream water to appear red or green.
Lampricides are carefully metered into the stream for approximately 12 hours, and continually analyzed at predetermined sites to assure that proper concentrations are maintained as the lampricides are carried downstream. Applicators are trained and are certified by (state/provincial) regulatory agencies for aquatic applications of pesticides.
The program is contracted through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Commission initiated chemical control of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sea lampreys in 1958. Since that time the highly successful program has contributed significantly to the maintenance of the $7 billion Great Lakes sport and commercial fisheries.
The Commission is committed to delivering a sea lamprey control program that practices good environmental stewardship. To support the continued safe use of lampricides the Commission recently conducted a series of studies at a total cost of $6 million to assess the effects of the lampricides on human health and the environment. In addition to these studies the Commission has implemented a research program to develop alternative control techniques. The Commission also is developing a strategy to increase the number of barriers on lamprey-producing streams, and is conducting research into barrier design, traps, attractants, and biological controls.
For additional information in the U.S. call 1-800-472-9212 and in Canada call 1-800-553-9091. TTY users may reach the Marquette or Ludington Biological Stations through the Michigan State Relay Service at 1-800-649-3777.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws/gov.
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Ashtabula Metroparks Guide and Calendar of Events

By on February 5, 2018

The Metroparks Volunteer Program Committee has been working hard all winter to bring new and updated programs to our Metroparks!  Check out or download the New “Ashtabula County Metroparks Guide and Calendar of Events” created by Carl Feather:   2018 Master Calendar of events

You can also find a copy on our “Information” page.

Join a bike ride, kayak the river, explore nature and visit the outdoors! Hone your photography skills at “Photographers in the Parks”.   Join other birders, gardeners, and conservationists for learning and sharing. Find clues on social media, search for painted rocks, win prizes! #MetroParksRocks!   .

For most programs, registration is required or requested. This helps the event organizer offer enough material for all attendees.  Mandatory registration is noted where fees apply.  Check our Facebook page for updates, registration form, and more information.  You can also email: to register or for more information.

For Fun, For Health, For Life; there’s a Metropark for You!



By on February 5, 2018

A new program this year in partnership with the Ashtabula County District Library! Dates and times of painting labs will be posted by ACDL.


  1. Paint

Talented rock painters from AshtabulaRocks and the Ashtabula County District Library (ACDL) will paint rocks during the winter and spring of 2018. Want to join a rock painting lab at the library or outdoor Paint-in-the-Park event? Check our Facebook page for dates, times and locations! ACDL will begin labs in March/April. Drop in Art Lab: Dates and times posted on ACDL calendar.

  1. PLACE

Participants in Photographers in the Park will place rocks when they hike and photograph the Metroparks. They will shoot a picture at every location where a rock is left, then post the photo and clues to the Ashtabula MetroParks Facebook page.

  1. SEEK

Using the photo as guide, hit the trails of the MetroParks and look for the rocks. You’ll need some familiarity with the parks as specifics won’t be disclosed. Yes, we want you to get up and get moving, discover MetroParks, and have some FUN! Authentic #MetroParksRocks! will have a unique, backside ID sticker.

    Post a photo of the rock you found on Social Media, and hashtag the post #MetroParksRocks! and #ACDLrocks! Show your posting to Circulation staff at an ACDL library (Ashtabula or Geneva branch) or a MetroParks office, to be entered in a drawing for great prizes, awarded in the fall of 2018.

Vintage Snowmobile Ride

By on January 12, 2018

Join in with the Grand River Trail Riders snowmobile club as they take a 2 hr group ride on the Western Reserve Greenway.  The ride leaves at 10am from Lampson Staging Area trail head on the Greenway.  The Club will also be selling refreshments and hot dogs from their clubhouse located near the Greenway at Eagleville Rd.

For more information on attending this event, contact Gary Hines @ 440.344.3555

(Bring your own snowmobile, no rentals available)

Due to lack of snow on Feb 3rd, we will try to reschedule the event for February 17th.

make-up date: February 17th


Invitation to Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening of Eyring Wetlands Preserve Metropark, for Hiking and Public Access

By on September 29, 2017


September 28, 2017

Invitation to Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening of Eyring Wetlands Preserve Metropark, for Hiking and Public Access


September 28, 2017.  All are invited to attend/participate in a park opening ribbon-cutting at the Eyring Wetlands Preserve Metropark, at 906 Windsor Mechanicsville Rd, Austinburg Twp, at 2pm on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the parking lot and trail head for the Metropark. Metroparks has just installed a parking lot, kiosk, signage, and created a park entrance for pedestrians so that the trail can be accessed by the general public from dawn until dusk.

Please celebrate the opening of Eyring Metropark with Don Eyring, Ashtabula Metroparks Board and staff, public officials, friends and conservationists. Parts of the park are preserved with a conservation easement to protect wetland areas.

Metroparks, wetland/wildlife experts and/or Mr. Eyring will offer nature walks along the property’s beautiful trail system.  Water and snacks will be provided.

Now 52 acres of habitat, Eyring Wetlands Metropark has trails, remnant farm buildings, and is a fabulous place to enjoy birding, hiking, photography, picnic, and more.


Eyring Wetlands Metropark is the eighth Ashtabula County Metropark now open to the public and available for outdoor education and recreation covering nearly 1,000 acres of habitat.  It is the fifth park Metroparks has opened since the passage of the park levy in late 2014. The additional nine miles of hiking/walking trails brings Ashtabula Metroparks’ trail total to nearly 40 miles of accessible trail.


Ashtabula County Metroparks is a statutory agency created under Section 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code to provide conservation and passive recreation spaces for county residents and tourists to enjoy for fun, for health and for life.  Your Ashtabula Metroparks is able to provide and maintain open parks through a five year county park levy approved by county voters. Park levies must be renewed by voters to be continued into the future to sustain park operations.   For more information about Metroparks, visit, call the office at (440) 576-0717 or feel free to visit the park office in Jefferson, Ohio.




Ashtabula Metroparks Awarded State Grant to Complete North Shore Trail to Harbor, Lake Erie

By on September 8, 2017

Jefferson, OH Thursday, September 7, 2017.  Ashtabula County Metroparks has been officially awarded funding to complete the North Shore Trail from the Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Local Programs.  The ODOT grant of up to $1,161,000 has been secured through the state’s 2017 Transportation Alternatives Program for funding of bicycle/pedestrian trail construction.  The local matching share as well as design and engineering costs will be generously provided by the Ashtabula Civic Development Corporation (CDC) to complete its 2010 Placemaking grant project.  With needed due diligence to receive state funds, it is likely the project will be completed by 2019 or 2020.

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) trail provides funding to complete the corridor beginning at the Morrison Station Trailhead of the Western Reserve Greenway on West Avenue in Ashtabula and descends to the Ashtabula Harbor at the Ashtabula Bascule Lift Bridge, continuing on to Walnut Beach and Lake Erie. This trail project is entirely within the city of Ashtabula and is supported by an agreement between Ashtabula County Metroparks and the City of Ashtabula.  The project extends the Ashtabula County Metroparks’ existing 27.5 mile Western Reserve Greenway which begins at the southern portion of the county line and traverses the entire county. Likewise, it extends a critical part of the proposed 110 mile Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway.

The trail will provide a non-motorized transportation linkage to connect students to schools, employees to employers, customers to merchants, trail users to users to the east to west Ohio Coastal Trail and Lake Erie. The entirety of the North Shore Trail is within the City Limits of the City of Ashtabula. The great majority of the 4.2 mile trail is on-road due to the urban nature of the area. The route permits tie-ins and accessibility to a high percentage of Ashtabula residents for transportation and recreational purposes. The trail will be located within 1.5 miles of nearly every portion of the city. The trail terminates at Walnut Beach Park on the shore of Lake Erie which has a public parking lot, restroom facilities, and other recreational amenities including beach access to Lake Erie.

“We are so very appreciative for ODOT’s and CDC’s support for the North Shore Trail project, as well as our partnership with the City of Ashtabula,” commented Larry Frimerman, Metroparks’ Executive Director.  “This project has been more than thirty years in the making, he added. As such, we are grateful for the support from the Ashtabula County voters, foundations such as the CDC, Robert S. Morrison, Ashtabula Foundation and other county agencies. Letters of support from the CDC, City of Ashtabula, State Senator Sean O’Brien, Representative John Patterson, the Ashtabula County Commissioners, Lift Bridge Community Association, and Ohio Rails to Trails Conservancy were also helpful and demonstrated widespread support and importance.”

Next Steps:  Ashtabula County Metroparks will be working with ODOT and partners on standard project scoping as well as issuing a Request for Qualifications this month.


Ashtabula County Metroparks is a statutory metropark agency operating under ORC Section 1545 to provide park and recreation services to Ashtabula County. It partners with and leverages funds from many governmental, nonprofit and health organizations to maximize the public’s resources For Fun, For Health and For Life throughout Ashtabula County. For more information, please visit its website at, call the office at (440) 576-0717 and/or follow us on social media.