Community Profile

Richfield is the ideal place to live and work. Its strategic location makes life comfortable and convenient for its residents.
 Businesses enjoy ready access to well-trained labor forces and the superior services and support provided by local and regional governments.

Location

Richfield boasts one of the most strategic, convenient and accessible locations in Northeast Ohio. Centered among 4.5 million residents (in 20 counties that comprise Northeast Ohio), Richfield’s location approximately 15 miles from both Cleveland and Akron enables its residents to enjoy  the nearby cultural, recreational and commercial opportunities of those two large urban areas, as well as the relaxed charm and intimacy of residential life in Richfield.

Airports

Need to fly? Two major airports are within an easy drive. 
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, just over 20 minutes away, offers eight airlines, making it the largest airport in Ohio. Just drive north on I-77, then west on I-480.

The Akron-Canton Airport, 25 minutes away, gives the choice of five airlines. 
For commuter/charter service to regional cities, try Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland. Burke also operates a heliport and has facilities for business jets.

Highways

Unparalleled highway access from two major interstates (I-77 and I-271) and the state turnpike system (I-80), all of which connect in Richfield, further accentuates the benefits of Richfield’s location. Whether shipping products, commuting to work, or visiting a mall, a highway stands nearby.

Municipal Transit Systems

Both Cleveland and Akron transit systems maintain regular bus stops through Richfield.

Other Location Benefits

Businesses also benefit from Richfield’s location by being able to draw from the well-educated and trained labor pools of both the Cleveland and Akron areas.

With Lake Erie to the north, Richfield enjoys the neutralizing lake effect: the air is cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Another natural bonus is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Richfield’s eastern border. This large area has ski slopes, running areas, wildlife preserves and picnic areas.

Local Government

Organization

Richfield Village exists as a chartered municipality within the boundaries of Richfield Township.
 The Township has a population of approximately 2,500 and the Village has approximately 3,650 residents.
Village and Township public services are independently organized as follows: Richfield Village has a chartered form of government with a mayor and seven members of council.
 Village property owners pay no operating levies. There are no fire and police levies and there are no charges for rescue calls, brush chipping, road paving and resurfacing, and street lights.

Richfield Township is a less densely populated area that surrounds the Village. As a township it is governed by three trustees and the laws of the state of Ohio.
 Residents pay no charges for rescue and fire calls. Operating levies fund road maintenance and police and fire services for the township.

Taxation

Those who work in the Village of Richfield pay a 2% income tax to the Village. Those who live in the Township pay property tax to finance local services. Summit County Sales Tax is 6.75%

Police (330-659-9500)

Richfield has one of the finest police and fire departments in Northeast Ohio. The police department has 16 full time, 7 part time officers, 1 part time animal control officer, 7 full time dispatchers and 2 part time dispatchers.

Fire (330-659-9400)

The fire department has 10 full-time, of which all are paramedics, and 16 part-time, of which 10 are paramedics and 6 are Basic EMTs, 1 EMS consultant.

Utilities

Most businesses in Richfield are served by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the City of Cleveland Water Department. Natural gas, cable and electric services are also available.

Communications

The Richfield area is serviced by the daily Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal, the weekly West Side Leader and the monthly Richfield Times.


Community Life

In Richfield, life revolves around the community. With big yards, many parks and quiet residential streets, residents can easily rejuvenate from the bustle of their career life. Neighbors are neighbors. Family life is the focus. Churches, organizations and neighborhoods enhance community pride through events and activities. Community Weekend is the highlight of the year with the purest of entertainment for three days. It’s no wonder that many families choose this environment for their own.

Community organizations, churches and sports leagues are active in the community with each adding to the pride and flavor of a ‘hometown.’ Meeting regularly, these organizations plan events and provide services for Richfield residents.

The Kiwanis Club sponsors the Annual Richfield Community Day and the Memorial Day Weekend Pancake Brunch.

Community organizations cook up the annual Steak Fry during the Community Weekend. Over 150 families participate in the yearly Richfield Civic Organization’s community-wide garage sale.

The chamber’s golf outing/steak fry each summer combines recreation and good food to benefit a scholarship program for area students.

Organizations:
  • Garden Club
  • Historical Society
  • Amvets
  • Amvets Auxiliary
  • Richfield Town Trust
  • Friends of the Library
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Bath-Richfield Kiwanis
  • PTA – All Schools
Places of Worship:
  • Victor Catholic Church
  • Richfield United Church of Christ
  • Bible Baptist Church
  • Faith Family Bible Church
  • Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Sikh Temple
  • Sree Venkateswara Hindu Temple
  • Palyul Ohio Vajrayana Buddhist Temple
  • Jain Temple

Leisure and Outdoor Living

Replete with natural beauty, Richfield gives residents several park choices.
Within its 25 square mile borders exist two community parks, two county parks and the western rim of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Several walking trails are also available.

Metro Parks
  • Furnace Run Park offers walking paths, wild flower area, lake, sledding hills and kite flying meadows. This 889-acre Summit County MetroPark is an ideal location for family picnics and entertaining, providing picnic tables, grills, and an enclosed pavilion.
  • Daffodil Trail, another Metropark, takes its name from the stunning dis play of daffodils each spring. Its ravine trails are perfect for a scenic hike.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area preserves over 33,000 acres of land along 22 miles of the Cuyahoga River. Jutting into the east side of Richfield, the park is home to spectacular displays of fall foliage, lush spring wild flowers, open meadows, forests, and rushing streams. Historic buildings and archeological sites are found throughout the park. It also contains two downhill skiing areas, four golf courses, bike and hike trails, and sponsors organized activities all year.

Recreation

Activities for residents of all ages are provided by the Richfield Recreation Department.

The whole community enjoys free summer band concerts and the annual Easter egg hunt. Other activities focus on special interests, and their minimal fees cover program expenses.

Youth Sports Leagues

Volunteers run the Revere baseball/softball leagues and the Revere soccer league.

Senior Center

Richfield’s Senior Center is open daily offering programs, games, exercise classes, crafts, entertainment and parties. The human resource commission operates a minivan once a week, picking up seniors from their homes, and taking them to shop, do banking, or out to restaurants. Volunteers lend assistance for this free service.

Library

In 2001 the Richfield Branch of Summit County Libraries moved into a new home, located in the center of town. Its architecture and decor create a theme that ties in with the wildlife that might visit the lake, just a short distance from the building. The 12,000 square foot facility houses approximately 39,000 books, 116 periodicals, 22 computers with research databases and free internet access and many audio and video media. Materials can be ordered by phone or internet from the county library system and picked up close to home at the Richfield branch.


Cultural & Entertainment Centers

Summer theater performs at the Western Reserve Playhouse. The playhouse, appropriately housed in an historic barn near Revere High School, produces three plays or musicals each summer. The playhouse also offers a theater workshop for children. This workshop ends its session with a play in August.

Antique shops abound in Richfield and the neighboring communities, making the area an antique hunter’s delight.
 Because of Richfield’s central location, other cultural and entertainment events are within a 45 minute drive. Most notably and especially nearby is the Blossom Music Center, the summer home for the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra serenely situated in a grove of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Museums:
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Crawford Auto Museum
  • Cleveland Health Museum
  • Cleveland Art Museum
  • Akron Art Museum
  • Railroads of America – Quaker Square
  • Science Museum
  • Hale Farm and Village
Performing Arts:
  • Cleveland Orchestra
  • Akron Symphony Orchestra
  • Cleveland Playhouse Square
  • Akron Civic Theater
  • Severance Hall
  • J. Thomas Hall
  • Cleveland Opera
  • Ohio Ballet
Professional Sports:
  • Browns – NFL
  • Cavaliers – NBA
  • Indians – AL Baseball
  • Rubber Ducks– AA Baseball
  • Northfield Park – Harness Racing
  • Thistledown – Thoroughbred Racing
Family Destinations:
  • Rock Hall of Fame
  • Football Hall of Fame
  • Cleveland and Akron Zoos
  • First Energy Field
  • Quicken Loans Arena
  • The Flats
  • Canal Park
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • NASA Lewis Research Center
  • Lake Erie

Business

Conveniently located to both Cleveland and Akron, business possibilities are great.

Factor in the easy access to the Ohio Turnpike, I-271 and US 77, and you easily understand why Richfield represents the future for business growth in Northeast Ohio.

Richfield’s small town flavor and attitude also promotes unique specialty and small businesses that attract customers from Northeast Ohio and around the country. Residents of Richfield can rest assured that a local craftsman and professionals will be locally available to service any need.

Chamber Member Products/Services

Richfield Chamber of Commerce members offer a wide range of goods and services. Click here to locate providers of products and services of interest.

Local Eateries

Richfield offers fine and informal dining options including The Taverne of Richfield, Muskateers, Richfield Gourmet Café, Whitey’s Booze and Burgers, Teschners and Doug Out.

Area Malls:
  • Summit Mall
  • South Park Mall
Business Office Parks

Kinross Lakes Business Park is a modern, well-designed business park that is home for many corporate businesses including Charles Schwab, National Interstate Insurance and more. Cisco Systems and OE Connection are also located in Richfield. Easy access to highways, skilled labor pools of both Cleveland and Akron and a tranquil business setting make Richfield a hidden treasure for business success.