News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


New Wood Hollow Metro Park takes shape in Hudson
Donated land on Barlow Road becomes the newest Summit County Metro park
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
University of Akron archaeology students conduct a survey of the property at the new Wood Hollow Metro Park before a parking lot is built here.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
The Summit County Metro Parks are hosting an open house this evening from 5 to 7 at the Hudson Library to talk about the newest  park in the system. Wood Hollow will be one of the smaller of the 14 Metro parks. It’s being created from donated land in the southeast side of Hudson across Barlow Road from Little Tykes.
LISTEN: Summit's newest park takes shape

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (4:42)


(Click image for larger view.)

For now, you have to walk on a muddy road past a couple of rusty gas wells to see what will become the newest Summit County Metro Park. That access road has to stay because the park system does not own the gas wells. But eventually there will be a proper entrance and a parking lot.

You might not think of a Western Reserve colonial town like Hudson as the location for such a wooded park, but most of the 177 acres were donated by someone anonymously four years ago. Metro Parks landscape architect Lisa King says then the parks system purchased some additional property to make it work.

“We like to take it near some aspects of the site that are interesting to see like wetlands. This trail will be half in the woods and then half in the field so the new part of the development will have a grass mown trail that will take you through the woods and up near the parking lot so you have two experiences.”

The former farm field will be restored to a more natural state by adding seedlings and weeding out invasive species.

University of Akron field experience
Some of the first people in the fields are students from an archaeology class at the University of Akron. Linda Whitman’s field test class will spend three weeks digging down through layers of the former farm field to perform an archaeological survey. She says it’s an ideal site for a prehistoric Indian habitat.

"It’s an upland wetland. You have all the aquatic resources, whether it’s food or material for making clothes or building huts or whatever.” 

Student Eric Olsen and Emily Holbrook take dirt from a 2-by-2-meter square hole square and sift it in a large wooden shaker.

They’re looking for stone tools or shatter – the pieces that were left over from making stone tools. Whitman says they start looking just below the plow layer.

“We’re looking for hearths; we’re looking at fire pits; we’re looking for post moles, which is literally a round circle in the soil that is darker. That indicates there was some sort of post there so it could have been a house. It could have been a wind break. It could have been a number of different things.”  

By this time year, the site will be a parking lot.

Wood Hollow Park is named after the hollowed out beech and sugar maple trees on site. It opens to the public next year.  

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio becomes first in the nation to dump PARCC testing
Best test to use for elementary schools is the old pre common core Iowa test of basic skills. This test measures apples to apples and tests the skills appropri...

Ohio is moving forward with new standardized tests
Mr Chow, Nice piece on testing. Should not Ohio go to an open bid process for the new assessment contract? Ohio has stayed with a "connected" DC non-profit fo...

The Surpreme Court gay-marriage decision plays out in Ohio Amish country
Keep in mind that the majority of the people residing in Holmes County are Amish, a church people who do not vote because they do not believe in governmental ru...

Akron council committee recommends Forney for its opening
Which committee member voted for Wilhite?

Nearly a dozen Cuyahoga gay couples get licenses to marry after the Supreme Court ruling
Presiding Judge Anthony J. Russo a graduate of Chanel High School and supposed member of St. Francis Parish in Gates Mills has just excommunicated himself. As ...

Canton Youth Symphony is named orchestra of the year
This is what makes CSO the hippest small town orchestra in America!

What can be expected if Ohio's tobacco taxes increase?
let's face it! The increase has little to do with smoking cessation

Rare Cleveland Indians photo from 1911 hits the auction block
Paddy Livingston, who cut his teeth on a Louisville Slugger in Kent, Ohio was one of the immortals that played in that game. He was the catcher. Ty Cobb actuall...

Nexus denies Green's request to relocate its planned gas pipeline
These people have so much power. Too much. They could care less about the people they leave when it is done. Spectra does not, and admits, they do not do the...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University