Birth of the Park Idea
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The years following World War II brought suburban growth to the edge of the Cuyahoga Valley, and by 1960 development threatened the valley's pastoral character. The valley needed a champion, and John F. Seiberling stepped to the forefront.
Seiberling started by fighting individual projects, first in the role of a citizen dedicated to community concerns and then as a member of a regional planning commission. Seeking an alternative that would prevent development forever, he began to advocate a bigger plan the creation of a Cuyahoga Valley park. He believed that people who live in an urban environment need open space to maintain their relationship with the earth.
Born in 1918, Seiberling grew up on the edge of the valley at
Stan Hywet Hall. Automobile trips, family picnics, and visits to
picturesque farms all fostered his appreciation for the valley. He
also had a role model in his grandfather, who founded the
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and helped establish the
Akron Metropolitan Park District.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 41° 12.233′ N, 81° 34.967′ W. Marker is in Everett, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker can be reached from Everett Road 0.2 miles south of Oak Hill Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2370 Everett Rd, Peninsula OH 44264, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John F. Seiberling (here, next to this marker); Rallying Support for the Park Idea (here, next to this marker); Ralph Regula: Creating a Legacy (here, next to this marker); Expanding the Vision (here, next to this marker); Building a National Park (here, next to this marker); Everett Covered Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Ira Cemetery Information Board (approx. 1.1 miles away); Robert L. Hunker (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Everett.
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