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Capital campaign launched to buy Oakwood

posted Dec 23, 2010, 4:43 PM by Fran Mentch   [ updated Dec 27, 2010, 1:29 PM ]
Calling birders, hikers, bikers and all other nature lovers. The Citizens for Oakwood capital campaign has launched. The goal is to raise $1 million as the foundation for the funds needed to purchase the entire Oakwood Country Club property and turn it into a public passive park. We have been told that if the community raises $1 million that we will be able to gain the support of grantmakers and funders and acquire the rest of the money needed.
Thank you for all of your efforts writing letters, calling and emailing--they are working!!
Both Metroparks and the West Creek Preservation Committee have had positive conversations with us about holding and managing the Oakwood property once it is purchased.
Please send checks made out to the Citizens for Oakwood, c/o Severance Neighborhood Organization, 1413 Lynn Park Drive, Cleveland Heights, OH 44121. If Oakwood is not purchased your donations will be returned, minus the expenses of the capital campaign. If the campaign is successful, the entire amount will be tax-deductible as a donation to a 501(c)(3).
To ask questions and to sign up to help create Oakwood Park, call 216-381-5356, or email
We need someone to volunteer to run the letter writing campaign. Many of you have already volunteered to write letters, and have written and emailed to make Oakwood Park a reality. We are succeeding because of your efforts. But we need someone to take the leadership of this part of the project and coordinate our efforts from this point forward.
Citizens for Oakwood Steering Committee
PS If you would like to write to Metroparks, here is a link to the names and address for the Metroparks Board of Directors. Mr Rzeka just retired and a new member will be sworn in at the January board meeting. You can also write to the Metroparks Executive Director, Brian Zimmerman at that address.

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