EUCLID CREEK

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P R I M E V A L

 

July 2014

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So I have a thing for the Metroparks. And I grew up around the corner from this reservation. Sledded there with the siblings in winter. Explored the creek with friends in summer. Took artsy photos with a boyfriend and made a goal to walk to the end of the wooded, hilly path and back at least once a week.

Euclid Creek Reservation, named, naturally, for the creek that runs the length of the reservation, is located in Cleveland, South Euclid, Euclid and Richmond Heights. An expansion of the reservation in June 2013 created a northern portion that includes Euclid Beach, Wildwood and Villa Angela Parks. As for the original, southern portion of the reservation, the Metroparks calls it the site of a “ghost town”: “The village of Bluestone flourished in the late 1800s and early 1900s when its populace quarried the blue-gray siltstone used in building sidewalks and other construction. Today, the only remaining exposure of bluestone is in Quarry Picnic Area.” Huh! I lived around the corner so many years and never knew that tidbit.

Did you get a chance to take off your sneaks and roll up your jeans and explore a creek as a child, watching tiny fish dart about and trying not to wipe out on the slippery stone?

Euclid Creek Texture

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