The Conservancy is continually striving to enhance Ohio’s national park. Here’s what we’re working on now.

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Trails Now Fund

In parallel with our Trails Forever Endowment Fund, the Conservancy established the Trails Now Fund, which provides support for immediate trail maintenance and the development of new trail and visitor amenities. The Trails Now Fund assists the National Park Service in improving and maintaining trails on an ongoing basis. 

Learn more about our $100,000 matching gift for bridle-hiking trails, and how you can DOUBLE your impact!

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Brandywine Golf Course Acquisition

On September 27, 2021, the Conservancy announced that it had purchased the 207 acres of the former Brandywine Golf Course. 

The National Park Service will purchase 192 acres from the Conservancy once environmental restoration is complete. The remaining 15 acres will be retained by the Conservancy, which has begun a master planning process with PROS Consulting that will help inform the funds needed to be raised for activation and programming. At this time, the property is not open to the public. 

This land purchase is a first of its kind for the Conservancy and made possible through the generosity of individual donors and recoverable grants from the Northeast Ohio community and national foundations. This includes Akron Community Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Connor Foundation, GAR Foundation, and National Park Foundation. 

For more information about the Brandywine Golf Course Acquisition, please contact VP of Philanthropy Sheryl Hoffman at or 330.657.2909 ext. 143.

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