In addition to our own city parks, the City of Willoughby Hills uniquely hosts three separate parkland agencies within its borders.
Located immediately behind City Hall, Campbell Park is available for rental and features two covered pavilions, a children's playground, and one baseball diamond. Parking for this facility is available on the north side, off Eddy Road, and on the south side, at the City Hall parking lot.
Located immediately behind the Community Center, Roemisch Fields is also available for rental and features one covered pavilion and several baseball diamonds.
Located at the Northeast corner of Chardon and River Roads, Garfield Park is currently in development. Precise plans will be unveiled in the near future.
Veterans Memorial Park
The City dedicated this new park on Memorial Day, 2013. It features a gazebo and permanent amphitheater-style seating and will be used for the annual Memorial Day and Veteran's Day ceremonies, as well as weddings, summer concerts, and other recreational activities.
The City is still accepting donations from anyone interested in honoring or supporting veterans. All revenues received will be used exclusively for the construction and maintenance of the facility and sponsors will be recognized on permanent markers at the facility. If you are interested in donating to this worthy cause and help us further recognize the contributions of the veterans of our armed forces, please click here to download and print the donation form.
To see a map showing the placement by donors, click here
Veterans Park Ampitheatre dedicated in honor of Larry O'Donnell
After years of service to the city, as a councilman, member of the Veterans Memorial Commission, and coordinator of the Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies, City Council honored Larry O’Donnell by officially dedicating the new Amphitheater at the Veterans Memorial Park in his name. Councilman Kevin Malecek, who introduced the legislation, presented Council’s resolution at the December 12, 2013 meeting. Larry and his wife, Rose, accepted the framed document that resembled the plaque presented to Larry at the Veterans Day ceremony on November 11th.
Larry’s dedication to the city and the area’s veterans is undying and ensures that everyone remembers those that have served our country. For that dedicated effort, we say: thank you Larry!
PARKS PROVIDED BY OTHER AGENCIES:
THE CLEVELAND METROPARKS
Since the 1920s, North Chagrin Reservation has been a special combination of outdoor recreation areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Located in Mayfield Village, Willoughby Hills, and Gates Mills, the reservation includes a nature center and nature education building, a number of trails and picnic areas. Sanctuary Marsh and Sunset Pond are both popular areas to observe waterfowl.
An interesting feature of the reservation is Squire's Castle. Built at the turn of the century by F.B. Squire, it was to serve as the gatehouse of his country estate, but plans for the remainder of the estate never materialized.
The reservation is also home to Manakiki Golf Course, located off SOM Center and Eddy roads in Willoughby Hills. See www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Reservations-Partners/North-Chagrin-Reservation-11.aspx for details.
1) Gully Brook Park is a 174-acre park and represents land obtained by the Lake Metroparks district over the past ten years. It includes a 1.4 mile gravel trail, a picnic shelter on the bank of Gully Brook, a flush restroom, and a playground. See www.lakemetroparks.com/select-park/gullybrook.shtml#home for details
2) Pleasant Valley Park covers nearly 80 acres of land along the Chagrin River and provides public access to 2,000 feet of fishable stream. Since the acquisition of this former commercial nursery at the end of 2007, Lake Metroparks has worked to restore it to a functioning floodplain corridor. Cottonwood and sycamore trees continue to reclaim the valley floor in the shadow of an 80-foot high bank on the Chagrin River.
See www.lakemetroparks.com/select-park/pleasant-valley.shtml for details.
The sanctuary, located at the end of Skyline Drive, is an 81-acre forested tract overlooking the beautiful Chagrin State Scenic River valley. It has been a protected as a bird sanctuary since 1944.
See http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/location/hach_otis/tabid/891/Default.aspx for more details.