Parks & Preserves


Parks & Preserves Created
Explore Our Parks Throughout Northeast Ohio

At Western Reserve Land Conservancy, we create, restore, and maintain public parks and nature preserves across dozens of counties in northern Ohio. Our goal is to provide public spaces for education, recreation, and appreciation of nature.

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How we help create public parks

We work with landowners and many partners to help create public parks and preserves.

Often, the Land Conservancy will act as a pre-acquisition agent to support our public partners. That means that we provide a full range of services, including conservation planning, purchase of real property interests, short-term financing, long-term funding, and ongoing stewardship.

It takes true partnership to create and protect these public spaces, and we celebrate everyone who helps create the parks that families throughout our region enjoy every day.

#GetOutsideOhio Campaign

While COVID-19 drastically changed all of our lives, one thing that remains constant is the wonder and beauty of nature. Northeast Ohio is rich in natural and historic resources, including beautiful lakes, streams, and waterfalls; unique geologic landscapes; inspiring forests; and historic lighthouses, mills, and buildings. During the pandemic, the Land Conservancy saw attendance skyrocket at the dozens of public parks and preserves we helped create. People want to get outside, and we are looking for ways to help.

In 2020, we embarked on an ambitious project to open preserves owned by Western Reserve Land Conservancy for public access. Our #GetOutsideOhio campaign promotes parks that are now open and available for all.

“We have helped create and expand nearly 200 public parks and preserves across northern Ohio. During this global pandemic, we’ve seen attendance at some of these parks and preserves increase by more than 100 percent. Getting outside and enjoying all the beauty that Ohio has to offer helps mentally, emotionally, and physically. We are responding to this crisis the best way we can, by making more land available for everyone.”

– Alex Czayka, Chief Conservation Officer at Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

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