We need your signatures to help secure the funding needed for this project!
West Creek Conservancy, in its efforts to conserve and repurpose the Parmadale site adjacent to Cleveland Metroparks Reservation, is seeking community and regional support, including an application to the Land and Water Conservation Fund...please considering signing on to support this truly unique project!
Conservation often means protecting a piece land in its natural state or reclaiming a developed area by restoring the native vegetation and wildlife that once thrived there. The Preserving & Repurposing Parmadale Initiative will combine both approaches. It is an opportunity to repurpose a property that has not seen a land-use change in over 90 years. Nearly 20 years ago, West Creek Conservancy and the City of Parma drove the formation of what today is West Creek Reservation.
Cleveland Metroparks assumed management of the park in 2006 and, in 2013, opened the Watershed Stewardship Center, a unique model for urban watershed restoration and education. West Creek Conservancy has continued to acquire and add land to the park, which now totals over 350 acres. But even with the new reservation, Parma - Ohio’s 7th largest city – is only 5.4% public parkland, lagging behind national averages. Parmadale borders West Creek Reservation and would add 80 acres to the park’s protected lands.
For thousands of people, it would expand park access and encourage a healthier lifestyle. Most of Parmadale’s paved surfaces and outdated structures would also be removed, eliminating over 10 million gallons of stormwater from our over-stressed local sewer systems. Additionally, due to the site’s historic past, we are excited that the City and West Creek Conservancy will preserve one or two brick cottages as a way of honoring Parmadale’s unique regional and national legacy.
Preserving and Repurposing Parmadale will enhance the City of Parma, West Creek Reservation, and the West Creek Greenway – a proposed 24-mile trail system. It will integrate natural resource preservation and habitat restoration with recreation and the activities that strengthen our communities and increase the well-being of its citizens.
Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or require additional information.