ACACIA RESERVATION

exploring the transformation of a golf course

 

“W H A T  D A Y  O F  T H E  W E E K  I S  I T?”

 

September 2014

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Do all roads lead back to the Cleveland Metroparks? Well, for me, I’m starting to think the answer is yes. But until last year, Acacia was not one of them.

Acacia Reservation is a 155-acre former golf course located in Lyndhurst—and was a very pleasant surprise to community members who dreaded another commercial development in the busy area (save the mayor of Lyndhurst and others in the city who recognized the huge loss in potential tax revenues). In 2012, shareholders at Acacia Country Club sold the 87-year-old 18-hole golf course to the Conservation Fund, with a wish to “preserve an Acacia legacy with some sort of open space.” Acacia is now one of the dozen-plus Metroparks reservations.

Observe the power of nature to reclaim when we stop interfering, or do so less. Here you will see sand traps and fairways turned back to natural habitat for coyote and birds (I saw 14 different kinds on one birding walk) and other wildlife. How do you feel about nature when you see how quickly it can take over a space, whether a sold manicured golf course or a deserted shopping mall parking lot or a path through woods that is no longer used? 

Acacia Reservation Texture

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