Osborne Park shoreline

The hikers meet every Thursday morning at 9 AM at a different park or natural area in Lake County.

Nick Standering, Recreation Coordinator, organizes the walks and has arranged to have Tom Yates, retired Holden horticulturist, accompany us as an interpretive guide—they don’t come any better.


Chicory is commonly found along roadsides.  Its flowers open and close at the exact same time each day.  The long Chicory tap root is commonly dried, roasted, ground and brewed as a coffee substitute or in some proportion with coffee grounds.

Enjoying the view

August 2012 hiking schedule:

 August 2 – Osborne Park (City Park):  38575 Lakeshore Blvd.  Willoughby

August 9 – Thompson Ledges (Town Park):  I 90 East, Exit Madison, Rt 528;  South on 528 to Thompson Square. Just east near High School.   (Short cut:  Leroy Center / Thompson Rd. has detour)

August 16 – (South Entrance)  Girdled Road Reservation (Lake Metro Parks) 12926 Radcliff Rd., Concord

August 23 – South end of North Chagrin Reservation (Cleveland Metro Parks)  Take Chagrin River Rd. (SR 174) south to Wilson Mills Rd. East.  1/10 mile to parking area for Fosters Run.

August 30 – Orchard Hills Park (Geauga Park District) 9160 Robinson Rd., Chardon

The center will not cancel the hikes due to inclement weather; we leave it up to each individual participant if they feel it’s safe.

Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as August looks to be pretty steamy!

Contact Nick Standering, Mentor Senior Center Recreation Coordinator at  standering@cityofmentor.com for a monthly schedule of interpretive walks.

My Take on our Northeastern Ohio parks:  They’re priceless.  Vote for Lake Metroparks’ replacement operating levy on November 6.

Photos © Carole Clement


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