Category Archives: Rowland Nature Preserve

A Fun Night at the Rowland Nature Preserve!

October 20th  from 5 – 10 pm.
Rowland Nature Preserve located at
7475 Murray Ridge Road
DFI Machine and Fenik Farms are providing a FREE Hayride. Free face painting by Fancy Faces – Face Painting by Vicki from 5 – 7 pm.
There will be food for sale, music and the lighting of a bonfire at dusk. Please join us for a fun night! Call 440.865.1347 with questions.

The Elyria Township Fire Department and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard 9/11 Ceremonial Events

The ceremony began yesterday at 8:00 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial located at the Rowland Nature Preserve, 7475 Murray Ridge Road. Events included Honor Guard and Fire Department lowering flags to half-staff, prayer/benediction, taps for the North Tower, brief remembrance speech, and taps for the South Tower. The ceremony concluded at 9:10 a.m.

Swing Set for the Rowland Nature Preserve Playground

012 013 008 009 010 011Elyria Township acquired two swing sets from the Elyria School System that were at Edison School on Lake Avenue.  From the two swing sets and other parts that were donated we were able to build a 36′ long swing set for the park.  The A-frame was installed on December 9th.
The township’s next step is to install interior drainage around the swing set.  Once the drainage is installed the Geo mat will be placed inside the perimeter and the 12″ of wood chips will be installed to match the existing playground area for the cushion for the children.  When completed in the spring there will be four belt seats and two enclosed toddler seats.


Playground Equipment Installation at the Rowland Nature Preserve

Six men from C&W Construction of Alliance, Ohio, who install playground equipment for David Williams & Associates, arrived at 6:30 am on Sept. 17th to install our playground equipment at the Rowland Nature Preserve.

It was amazing to be a part of the playground construction, which consisted of laying out 52 holes, drilling them 18″ diameter and 20″ deep, assembling all of the playground pieces, pouring concrete in the holes and being completed in 10 hours.  They were packed up and out of the park at 4:30 pm. It was a pleasure working with the C&W’s crew and it was a fun way to spend the day.

The township’s next step is to put underground drainage around the perimeter of the playground and then to install the geo-textile matting that will separate the dirt from the 12″ of wood chips that are required for the cushion.  Until the above is completed, the playground equipment can not be used.  A swing set, that we obtained from the Elyria School System, will be installed later this year or next spring.
Thank You,
Rob Scheithauer
Elyria Township Trustee

Rowland Nature Preserve Update

022The Elyria Township 911 Memorial recognition plaque was installed on Thursday, May 7th.  Kotecki Family Memorial, located on Pearl St. in Cleveland, laser etched all of the information on the plaque.
A date has been set to install the Rowland Nature Preserve playground equipment on Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th at 8 am.  If anyone would like to help with the installation, it would be greatly appreciated. This project was primarily funded by obtaining grants.
A 40 ft. x 32 ft. pavilion will also be constructed between the 911 Memorial and the play ground equipment around the middle of June by the Cornice Company located in Fairlawn, Ohio.  This project has also been primarily funded by obtaining grants.


Why is there a windmill at the Rowland Nature Preserve?

Trustee Rob Scheithauer took some pictures at the Rowland Nature Preserve on January 4, 2013, to show the purpose of the windmill. When the windmill blades turn they are pumping air to an air stone that is tied below the two duck decoys.  The air generated from the windmill is keeping the lake from totally freezing and this generates oxygen in the water so the fish can survive the winter.  The diameter of the water ring is approximately 20′. A word of caution for the ice fisherman: keep your distance from this water ring because, obviously, the ice is thinner in this area.