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Touch-A-Truck, Sunday, Mill Stream Run Reservation, August 17

Touch-A-Truck at Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville
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Touch-A-Truck at Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

With nearly 23,000 acres, Cleveland Metroparks has all sorts of equipment to keep the Park District operating. With over 30 pieces of equipment and vehicles on-site, kid­­­s can enjoy climbing on and in, and learning why each piece of equipment is used. Some of the departments with equipment on display include: park operations, specialty crews, golf, natural resources, park rangers, and outdoor education.

Kids can also enjoy playing in a huge sandbox with over two tons of sand brought in from the golf division. And, bring empty aluminum cans for a Steam Roller Demonstration!

Cleveland Metroparks ECO-Team will discuss recycling practices and tips on how to make changes in everyday life through recycling, too.

Haywagons and shuttle buses available to and from the parking areas.

**NO PETS ALLOWED**

Event sponsors: Baker Vehicle Systems, Hustler Turf Equipment, Medina Supply, Shearer Equipment.

Strongsville Park Operations facility is located at 9485 Eastland Road in Mill Stream Run Reservation, off Valley Parkway, west of Pearl Road/Rte. 42 in Strongsville.

Mill Stream Run Reservation is located in Berea, Middleburg Heights, North Royalton and Strongsville. Long ago nineteenth century communities like Albion, Sanderson's Corners and Slab Hollow sprang up to take advantage of the water power from the east branch of the Rocky River and its tributaries. After the sawmills and grist mills were established, businesses like a basket factory, taverns, blacksmith shops and tailors followed.

At Berea, the river cuts through Berea sandstone carving potholes in the stone. Baldwin and Wallace lakes are former quarries that produced some of the finest grindstones in the world. The settlers were not the first to visit; artifacts have been found in the reservation that indicate Native American tribes frequented this area over 8,000 years ago. The reservation includes numerous species of wildlife and plant life, including ferns and wildflowers. The East Branch of the Rocky River is noted for its spring trout fishing.

The reservation also has a number of trails and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy year round, including the Chalet with its twin toboggan chutes for winter thrills, summer reserved picnicking and fall hayrides.