A GREEN TRANSFORMATION: THE WORSTED MILLS SITE IS SET TO BECOME A NATURE PRESERVE

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LAYNE GIBBONS

APR 15, 2019

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With over 18 reservations and 23,000 acres in Cleveland’s Metropark system, it seems like we have the whole ‘green space’ thing covered in the Sixth City. But you can never have enough grassy open area, and more of it is coming to Slavic Village.

A WHOLE NEW LANDSCAPE

After being a vacant lot since the 1950s, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland are joining forces with eight other local organizations to transform the unoccupied former Worsted Mills site into the Morgana Bluff Nature Preserve Learning Center.

Starting in September, the $540,000 construction project will begin just five miles north of downtown in Slavic Village, creating a landscape that’s much easier on the eyes than an abandoned textile mill.

THE OUTDOORS IS CALLING

The Morgana Bluff Nature Preserve Learning Center will span over four acres and be home to over 125 species of green life, animals, and four different habitats: deep water wetland, dry meadow, upland woods, and wet meadow. That means more fresh air in a city known for its industrial background. That’s called progress, friends.

The reserve isn’t just making more homes for animals, though, it’s also going to be home to plenty of bike paths, hiking trails, boardwalks, and outdoor learning opportunities for students of all ages; we all know nature is a much better classroom than four plain walls. And just in case four acres isn’t big enough for you, the Morgana Run Trail runs adjacent to the new nature preserve, and they’ll eventually connect — making one amazing trail.

GOODBYE SKYSCRAPERS, HELLO GREEN SPACE

And thanks to the bluff’s 30-foot-drop, the preserve will be separated from the hustle and bustle of the city; making it quiet and peaceful enough for some much-needed outdoor therapy. No honking horns heard here, folks.

The good news is that this nature preserve should be completed by October 2019, which will give Cleveland even more time and space to get outside before the weather gets too chilly. It’s as if the city’s hinting at something…

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