2019 Annual Fund Appeal

Dear Friend,

Through your financial donation 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. We are asking for your support of our 2018-19 Annual Fund to continue the important projects completed annually by Lake Parks Foundation.

Lake Parks Foundation has funded more than $305,000 for Lake Metroparks capital projects and educational scholarships to area schools over the past six years. These programs for children promote the understanding of preserving our environment and natural heritage. We also contribute to camperships for individuals in need.

In 2018 the Lake Parks Foundation provided scholarships for 500 school children in our communities to participate in environmental learning experiences.

In 2017-2018, the Lake Parks Foundation supported the remodeling of the Plant Science Center at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, in Kirtland, to educate school children and families on where our food comes from with interactive visual displays about how food grows in the garden and gets to the table. The project was completed in 2018, and is located in the Greenhouse, replacing the Great Tomato Works exhibit.

In 2018, Lake Parks Foundation provided a grant for a new StarLab portable planetarium, which is already in use. The Foundation also provided grants for new countertops and cupboards and videocam in the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen Reservation.

Recently, Lake Parks Foundation has supported other projects in Lake County by sponsoring a baseball team at the Miracle League Field next to the Lake County Captains Classic Park Stadium in Eastlake. In April, the Foundation sponsored a Bird Walk at Lake Erie Bluffs and we continue to provide support for local running events.

Because Lake Parks Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, every dollar received supports parks, preservation and recreation in Lake County. When you make a donation to Lake Parks Foundation, you make a genuine difference in the lives of all who cherish nature and visit the parks as well as participate in various activities or programs.

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. Lake Parks Foundation Spend Policy secures our financial commitment into the future. If you would like to contact us for more information call
us at 440-709-6205 or email us at

Thank you in advance for your support!


Kevin Clinton, President
Lake Parks Foundation

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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.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark Showman’s Circle

Construction of the pavilion and the playground.

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.”

Wind Turbine at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland

Installation of wind turbine at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland.

Installation of wind turbine at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland. The turbine is part of a display featuring different forms of alternative energy. LPF contributed to the purchase and installation of the turbine and display.

Wildlife Center

Interpreters lead a wildlife education and outreach program at a local area school

Lake Metroparks interpreters lead a wildlife education and outreach program at a local area school featuring a red-tailed hawk. LPF plays a role through scholarships and support of the Wildlife Center.