Do you find yourself wanting to talk to park visitors about caring for the park? We want to help you make a difference for Edgewater Park with our new Urban Beach Ambassador Program. Modeled after a similar program in Chicago, the UBA program is designed to engage park visitors in a positive way through a survey about park-related issues. UBA volunteers will also report park conditions and may help with litter pick-up and recycling as needed. You can choose your own park area and schedule. You will receive a free t-shirt and supplies. To become an Urban Beach Ambassador, attend the training on Wed, Sept 5, 6:00-7:30pm at the Edgewater Park beach pavilion. Optionally, RSVP on facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/events/349712255122880/ and check out the Urban Beach Ambassador page. The program was created in partnership with Friends of Edgewater, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Euclid Adopt a Beach, Drink Local Drink Tap, and Cleveland Lakefront State Parks.
Cell Phone Tour Provides History of Park
The next time you are in the park, check out the FOESP cell phone tour. Our signs are now up! At stations throughout the park, you can listen to interesting facts about the park and its history by calling the number listed. Funding for this project was provided by the Cleveland Waterfront Coaltion.
Nate Jones plays Edgewater on July 12
We are proud to present the first of four free musical performances in the park this summer. Need an excuse to enjoy the sunset and ice cream by the lake? Nate Jones, singer-songwriter, will play from 7-9pm at the beach pavilion on Thursday, July 12. This program is made possible by the Cleveland Colectivo: www.clevelandcolectivo.org
Microplastic Sampling Event
11 am, Saturday, July 21, on the beach, join Dr. Marcus Eriksen from The 5 Gyres Institute as he demonstrates how to sample small bits of plastic, or microplastics. Learn how our beaches compare to other Great Lake beaches and how to prevent plastic pollution on our beaches and in the Lake. Contact Cathi Lehn for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sponsored by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society and the Burning River Foundation. To read more about Marcus and his research visit: http://www.5gyres.org and http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/06/plastic_pollution_study_to_be.html
Lakefront Parks Get PD Press
Mark Naymik of the Plain Dealer has targeted Edgewater Park in several columns: http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/ . Mark has pointed out the urgent need for more resources and funding for the lakefront parks, in the context of the Metroparks’ interest in the lakefront. Let us know what you think on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Friends-of-Edgewater-State-Park/109223987019
Interested in becoming an Urban Beach Ambassador?
Help us design and implement this program – to provide eyes/ears and a helpful, friendly presence in the park – around your schedule by filling out this quick survey. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dGdtenpyMW1HbGdyNmN3eGJhek9fRGc6MQ
Support the Friends of Edgewater State Park
We are grateful for your donation to: Friends of Edgewater State Park, PO BOX 602411, Cleveland, OH 44102. To donate to a specific project, please indicate the project on the memo line, i.e. “Music in the Park.” Annual Membership dues are $10 individual, $15 family, $100 corporate. Thank you for your support to help our park reach its full potential!
Friends of Edgewater State Park Awarded Cleveland Colectivo Grant for Music In The Park
We are excited to announce FOESP is a 2012 Cleveland Colectivo Grantee! We will use the $1000 award to support four informal musical events in the park this summer. We’ll announce the schedule of events soon. Find out more about the Cleveland Colectivo at http://www.Clevelandcolectivo.org .
Trash and Pancakes
FOESP and Drink Local Drink Tap continue our first-Saturday-of-the-month clean-ups by partnering with the Sierra Club’s annual clean-up and free pancake breakfast at the park this Saturday, June 2. Pancakes will be served at 9 and the clean-up will follow. FOESP will provide coffee and OJ.
Urban Beach Ambassador Meet-and-Greet over Pancakes
Chat about the Urban Beach Ambassador Program over pancakes this Saturday at 9am and stay for the clean-up. This initiative will be launching this summer (with our partners Drink Local Drink Tap and Euclid Adopt a Beach). Check out the UBA facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/urbanbeachambassadors
Summer Beach Party
Kick off summer with a family-friendly beach party June 16 1-4pm! Music, dancing, and games with prizes are all part of the fun organized by the Cleveland Lakefront State Park Naturalist! Last years’ event was a big hit. FOESP is providing the DJ and will have a table at the event.
Key Bank Volunteers Install Native Plants
On May 24th, volunteers from Key Bank landscaped the lower level Welcome Sign area of Edgewater Park, as well as several smaller areas at Euclid Beach Park. The landscaping is designed around low-maintenance, native plants from Biodiversity Landscaping. Drink Local Drink Tap provided the landscaping design, FOESP provided funding for the plants and topsoil at Edgewater, the Cleveland Waterfront Coalition also chipped in for the plants, and the Cleveland Lakefront State Park provided the mulch. FOESP will be responsible for maintaining the area on an ongoing basis.
Exercise Stations and Stables Maintained
Members weeded, spruced up and mulched the exercise stations in the park, and worked with Court Community Service to continue to secure and maintain the historic stable building in the park (south of Shoreway).
Park Summer Calendar
Check out the park naturalist summer calendar at http://www.clevelandlakefront.org/NaturalistPrograms.html
Support the Friends of Edgewater State Park
You can send a donation to: Friends of Edgewater State Park, PO BOX 602411, Cleveland, OH 44102. To donate to a specific project, please indicate the project on the memo line, i.e. “Music in the Park.” Annual Membership dues are $10 individual, $15 family, $100 corporate. Thank you for your support to help our park reach its full potential!
Happy Earth Day from the Friends of Edgewater State Park!
Become a Park Ambassador: Meeting Wednesday, April 25
Walk or bike the park regularly? Want to take advantage of the time you spend in the park to be part of an organized effort to welcome visitors and provide positive suggestions for park visitors? Please attend a planning meeting this Wed, April 25, at 5:30-7pm at the Edgewater Beach Pavilion. In case of bad weather we will move to Sweet Moses at 6800 Detroit Avenue. There will be an informal presentation on a grant application that was submitted for this effort. Please RSVP to FriendsofEdgewater@hotmail.com
April Clean-Up Sets New Record
The results are in – and we collected a record-setting 513 lbs 13 oz of trash at the clean-up season opener April 7th. A big thank you to all 51 volunteers!
Strategic Planning Underway
The FOESP Board recently held a retreat to discuss a new strategic plan for the organization. The planning session was facilitated by Tom Romito. We’ll be discussing the strategic plan at our monthly board meeting, which will be held this Tuesday, April 24th, 5:30pm at Latitude 41n, 5712 Detroit Avenue. Next steps include refining our mission statement and continuing to engage key stakeholders.