News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Akron Children's Hospital

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Lifestyle


Cleveland Metroparks has big plans for lakefront properties
The park system is proposing major new amenities along with catching up on deferred maintenance at Edgewater, Euclid Beach and others
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
One of the lakefront parks taken over by the Cleveland Metroparks last year.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Cleveland Metroparks board is preparing to vote on an estimated $17 million in capital improvements for this year. During an informational meeting today, the board was presented with a long wish list, includingsome major overhauls at the lakefront properties the park system took over last year.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:48)


Because of a lack of funding, the state of Ohio turned operations of the Cleveland-owned lakefront parks over to the Cleveland Metroparks last June. Since then, the county park system started sprucing up the neglected properties on Lake Erie’s shore, and did an assessment of major needs.

But Metroparks director of design services, Sean McDermott, says those proposals will be part of a bigger capital improvement budget that touches all of the parks properties.

“Across the board, we’ve put together a budget we’ll take to the board in late March. What we showed in the existing parks we were looking at an $8 million investment. That’s just in projects we presented today. ... At the lakefront, what we showed for 2014 for discussion with the board was just over $9 million.”

More than just repairs projected for lakefront parks
Besides deferred maintenance, that $9 million includes proposals for major repairs to Edgewater Parks crumbling pavilion, work on the docks and retaining walls damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and construction of a round-a-bout at the eastern entrance.

At Euclid Beach there are conceptual plans for a new pier after the deteriorating one is torn down. Other proposals include a 400-seat amphitheater and a pedestrian bridge across Euclid Creek connecting to Wildwood Park. The Euclid Beach plans are good news to Steven Love. He’s head of Euclid Beach’s “Adopt-a-Beach” chapter.

“We’ve been working as volunteers at the park since 2009. And working with the state parks was, unfortunately, just the status quo situation where we were really having to some of the basis operations and that sort of work. So we’re really excited to see an organization like Metroparks that has the capacity to not only do the operational basics, but take these parks to the next level as regional assets for the whole city.”

Park visiters already see improvements at lakefront properties
The other lakefront properties include Wildwood, Villa Angela and Gordon parks, and the East 55th Street Marina. West of Cleveland, at Edgewater Park, Ron Wood of North Ridgeville is sitting in his car to stay out of the rain. He comes here most days on his lunch break, and says there’s already been a big improvement since the Metroparks took over last year.

“Big time. They take care of the landscaping especially, all the trees are trimmed, the grass is mowed all the time, they’ve got new trash can out here and they keep it clean. So it’s much better, and I’ve been coming down here for 15 years.”

Altogether, the Metroparks plan to spend more than $17 million on the lakefront properties over the next three years.  Fourteen million of that came from the state.Proposed capital improvements to the rest of the parks properties this year include road paving, trail construction, painting, new buildings and restrooms, and golf course improvements.                                                              

(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
I's too bad that the dirt on Fitzgerald dug up by Kasich's operatives and publicized heavily by the Yellow Plain Dealer has caused the weak staffers of the Fitz...

Churches come together to welcome and include Gay Games athletes
Nicely done!!! A little known fact about the El Salvadoran and Columbian scholarships.. A big thank you to the Faith Community for their support of Gay Games 9....

What do Ohio farmers need to do to control Lake Erie problems?
This was a great article, thank you, Karen Schaefer. There was an error- Roger Wise is the past president of the Ohio Farmer's Union; not the Ohio Farm Bureau ...

Registration for the 2014 Gay Games ends Monday at midnight
Judy Benson and Sally Tatnall are loved and appreciated by all in our community and throughout the US for their untiring work for OLOC and for educating the com...

Like any family, the Gay Games has its generation gaps
Great article ... important perspective.

Gay Games rodeo: Changing stereotypes
Robin, Thank you for a fine piece of recorded history. This is history in the making; a gay, Asian man, one of the last bronc riders in IGRA, and Rodeo at Gay G...

Ohio lawmakers hold hearing on prison food problems
So you fine them..this has been going onand the law makers are aware of this issue.I have been told by many about the maggots and rotten food not fit for a dog ...

Interview with early Beatle Pete Best
"the Leshdu (?) Quartet.." Actually that's the Les Stewart Quartet. George Harrison was in that band at the same time as the Quarry Men.

Experts debate whether to legalize marijuana in Ohio
I'm an Iraq war veteran and I know for a fact that medical marijuana will help my PTSD.. I can't stand taken these freaking pills mo more. I will not bow when t...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University