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Forest Hill Park— an underappreciated gem

Forest Hill Park, which lies in both East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights, is an underappreciated natural gem, a much-needed refuge for wildflowers, woody plants, birds and animals. As urban sprawl eats up much of the land and the wild spaces in our region, we need to see the value of the few green areas that remain, to treasure them, and to preserve them. Forest Hill Park is one such area.

We live near the park and try to get there as often as we can to enjoy the natural features it offers. As nature lovers and conservationists, we are impressed with the variety, beauty and importance of this little bit of green in our midst.
All these photographs of Forest Hill Park are copyright©Steve Cagan, 2005. All rights reserved
Forest Hill is a true multi-use park. The athletic areas, lawns and paths are used for baseball and softball, soccer, tennis, football, and cross-country track, and for informal activities like kite flying, walking, biking and jogging. There are areas set aside for picnics, playgrounds and other social activities. And there are also substantial areas that remain wild and “undeveloped.” As frequent users of the park, our hope is that a balance can be maintained for all these important functions.
Perhaps few of the people who live around the park realize the diversity of flora and fauna it offers us. In the Spring, wildflowers like trout lily, bluets, Solomon’s seal, false Solomon’s seal and many others can readily be found along the paths and trails. Summer is a good time to see cattails, teasel, two different touch-me-nots, and more. In late Summer and Fall, a variety of asters and goldenrods abound.  There are numerous kinds of trees and shrubs—maples and oaks, dogwoods and more, often majestic in their size. For those who take the time to look, a variety of mushrooms and other funguses grow within easy sight.

Mammals are fewer, but they offer special rewards to the observant viewer—deer, raccoon, possum, skunk, three or four species of squirrels, and probably fox, as well as the smaller and harder-to-see species of mice and voles.

Reptiles and amphibians can also be found. The most obvious are the snapping turtles in the duck pond, but other species are seen from time to time.

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