2016 Annual Fund Appeal

Dear Friend,

Lake Erie Bluffs tower at dusk

Lake Erie Bluffs tower at dusk

We are asking for your support of the Lake Parks Foundation 2016 Annual Fund. Through your financial support we can continue to promote the development of parks, recreation and leisure services, and enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors in Lake County.

The Lake Parks Foundation will fund over $140,000 this year for Lake Metroparks capital projects and provide educational scholarships to local and surrounding schools to promote the understanding of preserving our environment and natural heritage.

The Lake Parks Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization. When you make a donation to the Lake Parks Foundation, you make a genuine difference in the lives of all who cherish nature, visit the parks, as well as participate in various activities or programs.

Along with providing scholarships and camperships toward educational programs for school-age children, the Lake Parks Foundation provides grants for capital projects within the parks. One of the current projects we help fund is the observation tower at Lake Erie Bluffs Park in Perry Township. The 50-foot high observation tower overlooks the lakeshore featuring 360-degree views. The observation tower was just completed this year.

Three kids climbing on Showman's Circle Farm-themed play area at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Three kids climbing on Showman’s Circle Farm-themed play area at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

The Lake Parks Foundation also supported Showman’s Circle, the creation of a Barnyard-themed playground and water feature at the Farmpark in Kirtland. This new adventure space encourages creative play and stimulates the imagination of the thousands of children who visit the Farmpark annually with their families.

Please continue your support of our parks by reviewing the enclosed brochure for contribution information. By making a donation today, you share in our passion of preserving our environment for future generations.


Kevin C. Clinton, President
Lake Parks Foundation

Every donation matters

If you wish to make a contribution, please mail a check payable to:

Lake Parks Foundation
29440 Ridge Road
Wickliffe, Ohio 44092 

Or you may donate online using PayPal! You do not need a PayPal account in order to do so:

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Lake Erie Bluffs Tower Photos

The new 50-foot coastal observation tower at Lake Erie Bluffs overlooks the lakeshore with multiple viewing platforms along a staircase that culminates in a deck featuring 360-degree views. The height and location of the tower provide visitors with a unique view of the lake and the surrounding woods, fields and wetlands, along with a variety of wildlife – particularly a large number of bald eagles that are regularly seen at the park.

The tower is located nearest the Clark Road entrance (2901 Clark Road). If the parking lot is full, the Lane Road entrance (3301 Lane Road) is just around the corner where visitors can park and access the tower by way of a beautiful short trail.

The tower is open, weather and conditions permitting, during regular park hours (6 am to 11 pm). It will be lit at night. The tower will be closed during the winter.

More Showman’s Circle Photos

The Showman’s Circle at Lake Metroparks Farmpark was completed in July 2016. Hundreds of families came out for the opening weekend. We are proud to help bring new excitement to children and their families while at the Farmpark. The project is one of several recent improvements and upgrades undertaken by the park and will serve as a hands-on area for kids and adults, offering relaxation, play and educational demonstrations.

In addition to the 50-by-70-foot play structure, the enhanced area also includes a natural water feature, consisting of an interactive stream and seating fountains, a 30-by-30-foot covered barn shelter pavilion for programs and picnics and an expansive lawn and seating area.

Bobcat Orphans at the Metroparks Wildlife Center

Bobcat AppealOn May 13, 2014, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife (DOW) contacted the Lake Metroparks Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center to arrange care for an orphaned bobcat. It was found by the side of a road in Muskingum County (southeast of Columbus) not far from a dead female bobcat. DOW transported the baby bobcat to the center on May 14.

A second orphaned bobcat kitten, from Noble County (southeast of Columbus), was brought to the center on May 23. This kitten was found by a landowner mowing his lawn; the mother could not be found.

Baby Bobcat

A local veterinarian performed full physical exams on both animals and determined they are both female, estimated to be about two weeks apart in age and fairly healthy except for being slightly malnourished and needing treatment for parasites. Wildlife Center staff worked to remedy both conditions.

The bobcats were slowly weaned off of formula and put on a diet of solid food, and were also housed together, which is good for their development. Young bobcats can survive alone in the wild at around six to nine months of age.

Wildlife Center staff got in contact with wildlife professionals across the country to learn best practices for “raise for release.” After consultations, the staff adapted an existing off-display cage to meet the recommended housing requirements for this species, as human contact needs to be avoided in order to keep their natural fear of humans intact. This housing situation is also useful for the introduction of live prey so these orphans can learn the vital skill of hunting out in the wild.

“That ODNR Division of Wildlife would choose to entrust care of these orphaned bobcats to Lake Metroparks demonstrates confidence in our Wildlife Center,” notes Paul Palagyi, Lake Metroparks’ Executive Director. “This affirms the center’s excellent reputation and the high level of care provided by our professional, educated and experienced staff.”