Once a sand and gravel quarry, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Blue Heron Preserve is now what officials call a “beautiful gem” in Burton and Newbury townships. The 116-acre park includes 27 acres of wetlands within the Cuyahoga River Watershed and a lake that offers the perfect habitat for the great blue heron and opportunities for fishing with family.

When Geauga County’s newest park, Blue Heron Preserve, opened last month, the land looked quite different than it once did when the Newbury Sand and Gravel Quarry occupied the space years back.

“If you imagine a sand and gravel quarry, it’s a big hole, it’s a big scar on the land,” Western Reserve Land Conservancy Director of Communication and Public Relations Jared Saylor said.

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