Cheers for Volunteers!
The year 2020 was challenging for everyone, to say the least. There wasn’t a playbook for living, working and volunteering during a worldwide pandemic. Volunteer projects at Richfield Heritage Preserve were put on standby during Ohio’s lockdown in March out of an abundance of caution for everyone. As restrictions lifted in May we found our volunteers eager to get out and feel productive again, and regain some sense of normalcy. Wearing personal protective gear and social distancing was a requirement volunteers were more than happy to abide by to safeguard, support and maintain the park.
From that time through the month of November, our park became a place for many to get outdoors, relieve stress, recharge and renew! And, behind the scenes, much was accomplished.
Here are some of the highlights:
🔹 Built a kiosk at the Broadview and Oviatt entrances
🔹 Raised 11 manhole covers
🔹 Removed four dilapidated structures
🔹 Assisted with the demo of old restrooms at The Lodge
🔹 Four Eagle Scout projects completed
🔹 One Girl Scout Silver Award completed
🔹 Installed two culverts
🔹 Added a connecting leg to the existing bridle trail
🔹 Constructed a 30 foot turnpike along the Buckeye Trail
🔹 Ongoing trail maintenance
🔹 Invasive species removal
🔹 Removed fallen trees and brush resulting from storms
🔹 Scraped and painted buildings
🔹 Cleaned out drainage ditches
🔹 Cleared vegetation around the fence line
🔹 Split and stocked firewood
🔹 Blew leaves at shelters
🔹 Cleaned latrines
🔹 Emptied trash
Looking back, we want to say CHEERS and a huge THANK YOU to the many RHP Volunteers who found it good for their hearts and souls to be busy making a difference at our park. Check out this video to see the many ways our volunteers positively impacted RHP!