Cleveland Metroparks enhanced a riparian connection between two wetlands areas along West Creek, a tributary to the Cuyahoga River. The restoration, which included vernal pools, stream stabilization, and forested buffers, took place in a new 350 acre park, which opened in 2006. A total of 2.28 acres were restored. The restored riparian area is now functions as an interpretation and scientific study area for a new Stewardship Center. Additionally, the restored area provides opportunities for educating and training for up to 10,000 people annually.