Mill Creek MetroParks opens Springfield Forest Property
Nestled between stunning natural landscapes is where visitors will find Springfield Township's first Mill creek MetroParks facility.
Park officials say visitors will now have access to an enchanted forest with waterfront views.
" There were no direct opportunities within Springfield Township that were either owned or managed by the MetroParks, so when this opportunity came up, we sprang," Aaron Young, executive director of Mill Creek MetroParks said.
The property sits on 88.38 acres of land which was acquired by park directors in 2021 through local partnerships with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, The Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, and the Mill Creek MetroParks Foundation.
Park directors say the new forest property will serve as a haven for nature enthusiasts.
"We have hiking trails for all abilities. We have a fishing pier, picnic area and some neat restoration areas that highlight the native vegetation of Northeast Ohio," Justin Rogers, director of planning and operations of Mill Creek MetroParks told 21 News.
Directors are hoping to add more hiking trails and expand the picnic area sometime in the future.