Not a day over 97

The ever beautiful Rocky River
The ever beautiful Rocky River

Today marks the 98th birthday of the Cleveland Metroparks system.  The brainchild of Cleveland’s Chief Engineer of Parks William A. Stinchcomb who stated in 1905…

Good ol' Stinchy
Good ol’ Stinchy

“I want to suggest the advisability of ultimately establishing an outer system of parks and boulevards.  Through the valleys of Rocky River on the west and Chagrin river on the east lie some of the finest stretches of natural park lands to be found in the northern part of Ohio.  While all this is now entirely outside of the city, it will be but a short time before they will be inside or very near the limits of a Greater Cleveland, and it seems to me that such fine stretches of natural parkway should be secured for the benefit of the entire public before private enterprise or commercial industry places them beyond reach.”

Andy having fun on the Rocky River
Andy having fun on the Rocky River

Well thank you Mr. Stinchcomb.  Not only do the Metroparks offer some excellent year round fishing opportunities, but they also host 8 golf courses, countless picnic areas, bridle trails, hiking trails, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Zoo.  All of this is carved through stunning river systems and lush deciduous forests and is one of the biggest reasons I’ve remained in Cleveland all of these years.  To have plentiful rivers surrounded by woods so close to an urban center is a truly rare gift, of which I’m very thankful.

For more information, check out their website.

 

Winter spey on the mighty Cuyahoga
Me trying my hand at winter spey on the mighty Cuyahoga
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