The Shaker Parklands / The Nature Center at Shaker Lake

The Shaker Parklands / The Nature Center at Shaker Lake (HM2J1R)

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N 41° 29.176', W 81° 34.552'

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Around 1895 a park system was created connecting the corridor of Doan Brook from Shaker Lakes to Gordon Park on Lake Erie. In 1915, the Shaker Heights Land Company and Van Sweringen Company deeded property to the City of Cleveland for the park. In 1947, Cleveland leased to the cities of Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights portions of the park within their boundaries. A proposed "Clark Freeway" (I-290) linking I-271 to downtown Cleveland through the park threatened the area in 1960s. The proposal faced strong opposition from the Park Conservation Committee, a coalition of 30 garden clubs, the City of Shaker Heights, the Cleveland Heights PTA Council, the Shaker Historical Society, and other organizations. Governor James Rhodes withdrew the plans in 1970. The Clark Freeway was defeated and the park preserved.

The Park Conservation Committee incorporated the Shaker Lakes
Regional Nature Center in 1966 during the "freeway fight."
The building opened in 1969 and
it continues to serve efforts to
conserve this natural area and provide environmental education.
In 1971 the United States Department of the Interior named the
Nature Center a
National Environmental Educational Landmark.
2003 the Audubon Society designated the Center as
a worldwide
Important Bird Area. After renovating and expanding its facilities
in 2003 using sustainable building practices, the Nature Center
received the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency's 2004 Energy
Star Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency.
HM NumberHM2J1R
Year Placed2017
Placed ByThe Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and The Ohio History Connection
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Date Added Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at 8:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 451926 N 4592899
Decimal Degrees41.48626667, -81.57586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 29.176', W 81° 34.552'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 29' 10.56" N, 81° 34' 33.12" W
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