Chippewa Creek Headwaters Park
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About Chippewa Creek Headwaters Park
According to the Royalton Recorder, the newsletter of North Royalton, discussions on the Chippewa Creek Headwaters Park project was started in May of 2017 after receiving a grant a month earlier. This small wetlands area is the very start of the Chippewa Creek Watershed that eventually flows into Broadview, Brecksville, and ultimately, into the Cuyahoga River. The Park has a small pavilion with some interpretive signs about the importance of wetlands.
Viewing areas are on the north side of the wetlands in the parking areas for the YMCA and the Cuyahoga County Public Library. There is also a small pond in between the two parking areas.
Map by Ken Andrews
The usual wetland species can be found here: Red-Headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Kingbirds, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows, American Goldfinches, Yellow Warblers and Mallards. There are also species passing overhead like Barn Swallows and Chimney Swifts. Red-Tailed Hawks, Raptors such as Red-Shouldered Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks and Turkey Vultures have been observed, too. Killdeer are often running around the parking area in the spring and summer. Migrating warblers have been seen in the trees as well as birds that nest in the area like White-Breasted Nuthatches, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles.
Entrances to the area are from State Road or from Wallings Road and the park is adjcent to the YMCA and the Public Library. Please be cautious as you drive through either entrance and parking area as both the Y and the library can be very busy. The parking lot for the Y has a one-way drive in front of the building. There is a driveway around the back of the Y’s building that will go right past the largest area of the wetlands.
From Ken Andrews
No restroom facilities. Restrooms are nearby at the Public Library.