Discovery Walks & Other Events From West Creek Conservancy

PARMA, OH:  Local land trust West Creek Conservancy invites you to its free ongoing series of guided walks and programs to learn about its conservation work in local communities and the progress being made to develop the 25-mile West Creek Greenway. Upcoming events include: 

Wed., Oct 10th, 7 pm – 9 pm.  “Memories of Parmadale.”  This century-old campus was acquired by the Conservancy in 2017. As its 90 acres begin transformation into public green space, Marilyn Osborne shares her recollections tonight of living there in the 1960s. We’ll include a presentation on the site’s history and current plans. Held at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation, Parma.

Sat., Oct 13th, 10 am – noon.  “Discovery Hike – Independence’s Hemlock Creek Trail.”  Join us for a casual walk along the newest leg of the West Creek Greenway, now under construction. (Completion and dedication of this section is expected in early 2019.) We’ll explore the fascinating history of the old Hunt estate and abandoned quarries, as we walk 2 to 3 miles. Park behind Cleveland Clinic Operations Center, 6801 Brecksville Rd, Independence.  Terrain includes dirt paths, slight hills.

Sat., Oct 20th, 9 am – noon.  “Discovery Hike – West Creek Reservation.” We’ll take a vigorous 4 to 5-mile walk through the length of West Creek Valley’s largest protected area. The Conservancy saved this valley and continues to enlarge it. We’ll learn about the park’s history and future place in the Greenway. Meet at Monarch Bluff Picnic Area in West Creek Reservation, Parma. Terrain includes dirt paths, some off trail, and hills.

Sat., Oct 27th, 8:30 am. “Creatures in the Forest 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk.” Lace up for a trail run or 1-mile fun walk through beautiful West Creek Reservation in Parma. There will also be a free Trot-for-Treats for kids under 12.  Includes food trucks, spirits, and awards. Note that paid registration is required for the 5K. Meet at Keystone Shelter. 

For a complete list of events, more details, or to learn more about West Creek Conservancy, visit or call 216-749-3720.


About West Creek Conservancy

West Creek Conservancy has been connecting people to nature since its founding in 1997.  To date it has conserved with its partners over 2,000 acres of habitat across 20 communities, creating and expanding several parks along the way.  Its mission is to enrich the lives of people in Greater Cleveland by conserving natural habitats, restoring the ecological value and sustainability of urban lands, and expanding neighborhood opportunities to experience nature.  The Conservancy is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on donor support.  Please consider joining today.  Learn more at

Jeff Lennartz

Jeff Lennartz chairs the board of directors of West Creek Conservancy.  As a founding member of the Conservancy, Canalway Partners, and other local environmental groups, he has spent decades leading efforts to protect and showcase the natural and historic heritage of Greater Cleveland.  Raised in Parma, Jeff is an engineer by day and lives with his wife in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 11:41 AM, 10.01.2018