Category Archives: Rowland Nature Preserve

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.

Rainbow Trout Delivered

003On Friday morning, Elyria Township’s Rowland Nataure Preserve received 1,190 pounds of Rainbow Trout from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). That’s equal to approximately 2,511 trout. The fish range from 10 to 14 inches long.

Around 30 fishermen were there at 8:45 Friday morning with their fishing rods ready to get their limit of five per day. Some of the anglers got their limit in less than 10 minutes!

The photo of the truck shows the outlet blast gates that put the fish into the lake through an eight inch hose. It was difficult getting pictures of the fish because the hose was submerged two feet under the water. The parking lot was full at 9:15 a.m.FishRob fishpier008


Update on Playground Equipment at the Rowland Nature Preserve

005 002 001On Wednesday, January 6th, the underground drainage was installed along with the black Geomat and half of the wood chips.  On Thursday, January 7th, the 12″ curbing was installed along with the rest of the wood chips and the swings. Trustee, Rob Scheithauer, tested out the swing set to make sure everything was right before allowing the children play on it. The playground is now complete for the little ones to enjoy.

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.