Lake Parks Foundation

Lake Parks Foundation Supporting our Parks, our Community, our Future
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Since 1989, the Lake Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has worked in conjunction with the Lake Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners and staff to provide support to the citizens of Lake County in nourishing one of Lake County's finest assets: its park system.

08/04/2023

Lake Erie Living celebrates the region, and the people and places that make it extraordinary.

While the weather is getting cooler there’s a wonderful new pavilion to enjoy a hot chocolate after your trail walk.
09/23/2022

While the weather is getting cooler there’s a wonderful new pavilion to enjoy a hot chocolate after your trail walk.

Lake Metroparks recently opened a new picnic shelter at Penitentiary Glen Reservation, the second such facility available to the park’s visitors and event planners. The park district announced the …

08/25/2022

Best of the Bluffs • Lake Erie Bluffs - Lane Road, Sun., Aug. 28 • 1 - 4 pm • Free

Join Lake Metroparks on a guided beach clean-up to help preserve our Great Lake as part of our annual Best of the Bluffs event as we feature our most valuable natural resource, Lake Erie.

📸 Denise Molesch

08/25/2022

Milk & Honey Weekend • Farmpark
August 27 & 28 • 9 am to 5 pm bit.ly/3QNfDsK

Learn about bees and their role in pollination, how honey is harvested, and pollinator-friendly plants, as well as how bees contribute to many products that we use in our daily lives. Demonstrations, garden tours and more. Play a game of Bee co****le and go on a "Swarming with the bees" scavenger hunt.

Farmpark admission ($6 - 8) applies. Farmpark members, children under two and active military and their families receive free admission.

📸 Jen Soots

08/15/2022

Magical Hoo-loween ticket sales begin August 15 at 8 am for Lake County residents. Ticket sales begin August 16 at 8 am for out-of-county residents.

$9 ages 2 and older, younger than 2 FREE

Event information
October 14 & 15, 5:30 to 10 pm
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
$9 ages 2 and older, younger than 2 FREE

Ticket sales: goto.LakeMetroparks.com/tickets

08/13/2022

Two bobcats from Southern Ohio recently arrived at the Lake Metroparks Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center, located at Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Kirtland, for a nine-month rehabilitation that w…

06/03/2022

Lake MetroparksEnjoy a unique view of Lake Erie at the Lake Metroparks’ Lake Erie Bluffs in Perry.

04/07/2022
03/30/2022

It's National Take a Walk in a Park Day! Hiking in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to exercise and see nature. With so many parks to choose from in Lake Metroparks. which one will you walk in today? bit.ly/3NlD4Ig

📷 Jim Marquardt

03/19/2022

Birth announcement!

Please welcome Ginger, a red Holstein heifer born on St. Patrick’s Day at Farmpark! ☘️

Ginger and her mom, Maggie, are both doing well. Visiting hours at 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Park info: goto.LakeMetroparks.com/farmpark

📷 Elin Acierno

03/18/2022

A trip to this gorgeous garden will immerse your summer in vibrancy, and you may even hear the flittering of friendly wings during your visit.

03/05/2022

Gardening is a fun and rewarding outdoor activity but there is much to learn. Identifying native versus non-native plant species and understanding how invasi...

03/02/2022
07/06/2021

Check out Abby making this rock wall at Jordan Creek Park look easy.

Thanks to our donors, we continue to support Lake Metroparks and its visitors with exciting new adventure play areas lik...
07/06/2021

Thanks to our donors, we continue to support Lake Metroparks and its visitors with exciting new adventure play areas like this one at Jordan Creek Park.

"A true champion of parks, recreation and natural resource protection" we give thanks for his service and honor David No...
07/01/2021

"A true champion of parks, recreation and natural resource protection" we give thanks for his service and honor David Noble, former Lake Metroparks executive director.

You can enjoy one his favorites - Veterans Park in Mentor.

Discover Penitentiary Glen's newest exhibit of Life Cycle Secrets. Thanks to our donors, Lake Parks Foundation can conti...
06/27/2021

Discover Penitentiary Glen's newest exhibit of Life Cycle Secrets. Thanks to our donors, Lake Parks Foundation can continue to fund Lake Metroparks educational exhibits like this one.

Follow the roadmap of nature through three habitats in the new Life Cycles Secrets exhibit. Focus on Fields, discover the Wild Wetlands and learn about the F...

03/01/2021
12/29/2020

Tree bin available through mid-January

12/19/2020
11/29/2020

While we humans may not be looking forward to cold temperatures and falling snow, here’s one permanent resident at the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center who welcomes winter weather. Tundra, the Rough-legged hawk, was wintering here in Ohio when a wing injury left her unable to fly. Snowbirds may go south to Florida for the winter, but Rough-legged hawks come south to Ohio and thrive in our winter wonderland.

Visit Tundra at the Wildlife Center Yard at Penitentiary Glen Reservation 9 am to 5 pm any day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/wildlifecenter.

09/15/2020
09/06/2020

With the BirdCast webinar, we'll get you set up for a fantastic fall of birdwatching! In September and October, billions of birds will migrate from Canada to the tropics—and our BirdCast project can let you know when to expect them around your hometown. How? BirdCast uses weather radar to p ...

08/26/2020

Join us at Penitentiary Glen Reservation for Insect Adventures! September 12 & 13. Catch an insect, meet live animals and bugs, take a guided hike and take home a craft! 🐞

Register for a time-slot: j.mp/3h9uSKV

06/24/2020
06/19/2020

Lake Metroparks conserves and preserves the natural resources of Lake County.

05/02/2020

Thanks for doing your part to keep our parks open by practicing proper social distancing and exploring other parks when you find a parking lot/area is full. goto.lakemetroparks.com/parks

Please do not park along driveways or roads.

“Go before you go” visit a park. Lake Metroparks' restrooms are open for emergency use only.

Take care of your trash and pick up after your pets. Keep pets on a leash.

National Recreation and Park Association

The weather is warming up so get ready to visit your favorite park... be sure to stay safe outdoors and follow COVID pre...
04/27/2020

The weather is warming up so get ready to visit your favorite park... be sure to stay safe outdoors and follow COVID precautions

Operations update: All facilities, offices, playgrounds and select amenities are closed until further notice.

All events scheduled through June 15 are canceled. Programs and facility rentals are canceled through May 31; fees/deposits paid to Lake Metroparks will be refunded as soon as normal business operations resume.

Lake Metroparks trails and golf courses are open. Please practice appropriate physical distancing when visiting. If a parking lot is full, please explore another park. goto.lakemetroparks.com/parks

For details and updates, visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/covid-19.

Photo by Katherine Moreley Art.

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29440 Ridge Road
Wickliffe, OH
44092

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 5pm
Tuesday 7am - 5pm
Wednesday 7am - 5pm
Thursday 7am - 5pm
Friday 7am - 5pm

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+1 440-709-6205

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Since 1989, the Lake Park Foundation, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, has enhanced the quality of life in Lake County by preserving land, environment and natural heritage and creating and developing opportunities for conservation, education, recreation and relaxation.

With donor support we create and develop opportunities for conservation, education and recreation for visitors at all parks across Lake County. We work in conjunction with Lake Metroparks an avenue to enhance an already fine resource. This is done by funding programs and projects that are focused on education. In the 30 years LPF has existed it has helped educate thousands of children, supported the care of thousands of animals at the Wildlife Center and funded hundreds of projects. Thank you for your continued generous support.

Additionally, LPF funds requests for student scholarships and camperships to participate in environmental education programs. Each year, approximately 900 students are able to participate in learning experiences in Lake Metroparks programs that they otherwise would not be able to enjoy.

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