Geauga Park District’s Claridon Woodlands & Headwaters Park had Busy Summers

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Geauga Park District is grateful to its community for an incredible debut summer at the new Claridon Woodlands, plus another successful season of kayak and canoe borrowing at Headwaters Park.

Between May 25th and September 30th, visitors made 2,216 trips into the treetops on the high ropes course of Claridon Woodlands, according to naturalist logs.

Visitation to the new 127-acre park, approximately 20,145 cars, quickly put it among the top six most popular parks in the Park District. And 109 public reservations of the Judge Lester Taylor Lodge were also a resounding approval of the new facility, which offers gorgeous views of the nearby lake and trail, custom-made wooden furniture, a kitchenette, outdoor bistro sets and indoor restrooms with running water.

“Claridon Woodlands is a culmination of our vision to create a variety of outdoor opportunities for our guests,” Geauga Park District Executive Director John Oros said. “The park is a perfect blend of challenging recreational activities and Nature enjoyment. This is something for every family to enjoy, and our visitation numbers show that: our residents definitely approve.”

Meanwhile, just southeast, Headwaters Park retained its spot among the Park District’s top three most popular parks, in part thanks to its third season of first-come, first-served kayak and canoe borrowing. Naturalist staff logged 2,893 self-guided tours of East Branch Reservoir via kayak and canoe borrowing from the Boathouse.

“We are so fortunate to lease Headwaters and East Branch Reservoir from the City of Akron, and we were so happy to see another season of park guests enjoying themselves at Headwaters Park,” Oros said. “Canoeing, kayaking or boating on the reservoir gives people the opportunity to enjoy one of the most peaceful settings in Geauga County. Mix in a Bald Eagle sighting, and who could ask for a better day!”

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For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via  Geauga Park District, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

Cover Photo Courtesy of the Geauga Park District

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