Browse Interviews

  • Subject is exactly "Parks"
21 total

Kathy Wilmer interview, 07 July 2017

Kathy Wilmer, a librarian and chaplain, describes her recollections of hiking in Ohio and nearby states starting in the 1970s and personal notes about the emotional and physical benefits of hiking.

Barb Holtz interview, 31 July 2012

Barb Holtz talks about South Chagrin Reservation. She gives in-depth history and information about Sulphur Springs and Squaw Rock. She also mentions on a variety of events and other points of interest at South Chagrin. Also, she gives some background history on the Metroparks themselves.

Deborah Marcinski interview, 31 July 2012

Deborah Marcinski talks about North Chagrin and Euclid Creek Reservations. While talking about each part of the Metroparks, she also discusses the animals and research projects in which she has participated. At the same time, she tells the history of some of the landmarks of North Chagrin such as Squire's Castle and others.

Debra Shankland interview, 31 July 2012

Debra Shankland is a naturalist at the Cleveland Metroparks. She talks about the Watershed Stewardship Center and West Creek Reservation. She also talks about the geology in West Creek Reservation. She wraps up the interview by talking about the animals found in West Creek.

Sharon Hosko interview, 31 July 2012

Sharon Hosko is a naturalist at the Metroparks. Hosko talks about the Sugarbush. She speaks about the animals, geology, and vegetation. She also talks about Mill Stream and Baldwin Wallace.

Joann Kubicki interview, 02 August 2012

Joan Kubicki is an information specialist at the Metroparks. She talks about the Canalway and Erie Canal Heritage. She also speaks about the animals in the park extensively. She also speaks about invasive species and the arboretum.

Doug Kusak interview, 02 August 2012

Doug Kusak is a history interpreter at the Metroparks. Kusak discusses the Ohio Erie Canal Reservation, including his knowledge of the history of the Ohio and Erie Canal in relation to that of the area. Kusak concludes with a focus on the Washington Reservation.

Foster Brown interview, 2012

Foster Brown is a historical interpreter at Cleveland Metroparks. He tells a number of interesting stories that he would share while working. After that he talks about his work at the Metroparks and he mentions the Brookside Park Zoo.

John Kilgore interview, 27 August 2012

John Kilgore is the chief of engineering and design for the Cleveland Metroparks. He talks about trail projects in the park such as the Lake to Lake Trail. He also tells about the geological history of the area in detail. Other topics are Native American habitation in the area and specific structures that are still in the parks.

Carl Casavecchia interview, 05 September 2012

Carl Casavecchia talks about Bedford Reservation and Garfield Parks. Both parks have a long history. He talks about the history of the Bedford Reservation and how it's changed over the years. He does the same for Garfield Park. His interview focuses on the human history of the parks. He also includes some information on specific species and habitats in the park.

Sharon Hosko

Sharon Hosko the Nature Center Manager in Brecksville talks about the Brecksville reservation. She gives the history of the park, some species that live in the park, and how the park is used by the public. Specifically, she gives a good description of some trees and amphibians species. She also discusses birding as recreation.

Kelly McGinnis interview, 12 August 2012

Kelly McGinnis, a naturalist for Cleveland Metroparks who works at the Brecksville Nature Center, talks about Hinckley Reservation. She talks about the history of the reservation from its founding. A variety of topics are touched on. Wildflowers in the park, bird species, and uses for the park are all covered. She wraps up the interview by telling some interesting stories about important characters from the history of Hinckley Reservation, like Robert Whip.

Michael Durkalec interview, 22 August 2012

Michael Durkalec talks about his work as an aquatic biologist. He talks focuses on the rivers and streams of the Cleveland Metroparks. He briefly covers wetlands as well. He provides a lot of information on the aquatic life in the park and the role of fishing in the park.

Jennifer Greiser interview, 27 August 2012

Jennifer Greiser talks about water management for Metroparks. She describes a number of specific projects to manage runoff, such as rain gardens. She also talks about some different types of projects to manage park resources, such as dam removal and removing infected Ash.

Wendy Weirich interview, 08 August 2012

Wedny Weirich is the center manager for Rocky River Nature Center. The interview covered Huntington Reservation, Rocky River Reservation, Bradley Woods and Big Creek Reservation. She gives a good overview of the highlights of each area. Areas of focus about the parks are trails and organizations. She also discusses some of the flora and fauna of the park and tells some famous stories of the history of the metroparks.

Janet Thomas interview, 27 March 2007

Janet Thomas was born to Italian immigrant parents and lived in the Gordon Square neighborhood. She describes the neighborhood's bakeries, theatres, drug stores, and ethnic shops. Thomas mentions how the Depression impoverished her family, but notes that the Depression brought the different ethnicities of the community together. Her family never fully recovered financially from the Depression, therefore the family's leisure activities included going to church and visiting nearby parks like…

Annette Tucker Sutherland, 12 June 2012

In this 2012 interview, Annette Sutherland describes her childhood living in Shaker Heights. Being one of the first students to volunteer to integrate Moreland School in Shaker in 1971, she grew up with a very open mind. She tells stories of activities she did as a child, involving Horseshoe Lake, Thornton Park, and Shaker Square, among others. As the current president of the school board, the importance of education, diversity, and tolerance are many recurring themes in her talk. She finishes…

Robert Hill Interview, 02 June 2010

Robert Hill is the president of the West Park Community Coalition. The project, Bellaire Garden Landscaping Project, was given a grant by Re-Imagining Cleveland but due to personal issues that arose and the lack of volunteers to take up the project, Robert returned the grant. Robert hopes to apply for another Re-Imagining grant in the future but intends to do enough work before hand so the same problem does not arise. The project was originally designed to beautify the street of Bellaire and…

Penny Rakoff Interview, 2005

In this 2005 interview, Penny Rakoff, currently (2010) a Professor of Art at Akron University, discusses her role in creating public art for the Cleveland Gateway Project of the early 1990s. Ms. Rakoff talks as an artist about the value of public art in an urban environment. She also discusses the research and other work that she did in preparation of two art projects she collaborated upon for Gateway. One of her projects was the "Market Place/Meeting Place" a concrete bench with ceramic tiles…

Hope Adelstein and Stanley I. Adelstein Interview, April 2008

Hope and Stanley Adelstein, lifelong residents of Cleveland Heights, discuss their experiences as supporters of the Shaker Lakes Nature Center. The couple describe their role in the grassroots battle to stop highway construction through the Shaker Lakes during the 1960s, which laid the groundwork for the creation of the Center. The Adelsteins were also involved with the founding of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is discussed in some detail. Stanley Adelstein, an active member of the…