Nasreen Starner, 44
When most people think about North Olmsted, the Great Northern Mall or the Auto Mile area probably comes to mind. But what I love most about the city is our incredible Metroparks.
For four years, I served on the North Olmsted Cultural Activities Commission, where we organized juried art shows and music festivals at the Frostville Museum, a historic area in the Metroparks with 19th-century buildings. Our family attends so many other great events there, like the farmers market in the summer.
Nearby is the Rocky River Nature Center, which has amazing educational programs. When my son and daughter were little, the park rangers would lead us on wildlife trail walks or teach the kids how to tap a maple tree and get sap out of it.
Behind the nature center are the Fort Hill Stairs — my favorite place in North Olmsted. You walk up more than 150 stairs and, at the top, it’s the most breathtaking view, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing color. You can look out over the entire reservation.
For years, I would walk my dog in Bradley Woods, just behind my house. I would go every day, rain or shine. Now, with the pandemic, my usual paths through the Metroparks are pretty crowded. But I’m glad that people are getting outside, exploring these hidden gems and discovering what I love most about North Olmsted.