The Friends of Edgewater Park is currently inactive as an organization. We are not providing member services or meeting regularly. Please do not send us membership fees at this time. You can contact us via email, but it may take a while for us to get back to you. The new Metroparks ownership of the park has completely transformed the park situation and the energy of the board members became focused elsewhere. We are proud of what we have accomplished over the last seven years but times change. If you are interested in becoming a board member and re-activating the group, please let us know. We think that there is still value in a community based organization in support of the park. There is opportunity for the right person to take this group in a new direction. The current board is not positioned to do this and is working on winding down the organization.
My involvement with the Friends of Edgewater has been an amazing experience, including four years as Board President. As the year ends I’ll be stepping off the board in order to pursue other commitments. I want to thank you all for your support of the Friends and our important work to help Edgewater Park. We’re at an interesting moment in the history of our organization. The work the Cleveland Metroparks has done since acquiring the Lakefront Reservation has been simply stellar. Many of the functions that the Friends have provided over the years to the State Park – beach cleaning, recycling, maintenance around exercise stations, landscaping improvements, maintenance of the historic stable building – to name a few – are now being provided entirely or to a much greater extent by the Cleveland Metroparks. Together with our partners Euclid Adopt a Beach, The Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Drink Local Drink Tap, we’ve launched our Urban Beach Ambassador Program and turned it over to the Metroparks to manage. The nature of our voice of advocacy for funds and services for the park has also changed. Our advocacy role moving forward should be to work with Metroparks to help ensure that those of us who care about the park have a voice in the plans that they will be developing for the future. We have the opportunity to redirect our energies to promote the park as a regional gem through events that draw people to the park, such as the Music in the Park series we’ve hosted the last two years. We also have a new opportunity to work on fundraising and other collaborations with the newly formed Cleveland Lakefront Parks Conservancy. http://clevelandlakefrontconservancy.org/.
Our organization has historically been a small, active board supported by a wide membership. As we move forward, the success of our grassroots, non-profit group will depend on better mobilization of our members. It’s a great time to get involved with Friends of Edgewater and help shape the future of our organization, whether you’d like to serve on the board, organize or help out at events, or reach out to new and existing members – let us know how you’d like to help at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Edgewater-Park/109223987019. What do you imagine the Friends of Edgewater can accomplish? If it is important to you to be a part of a membership-based group that supports, promotes, and provides input on the future of Edgewater Park, please plan to join us at our Annual Meeting which will be held early next year.
Happy Holidays, Mandy Metcalf
7-8pm Oct 2 (Cats on Holiday), Oct 3 (WiXY 1260), and Oct 4 (Oldboy).
At the lower level beach pavilion
Presented by the Friends of Edgewater Park with support from the Cleveland Colectivo, Cleveland Lakefront Parks Conservancy, and Environmental Health Watch.
Last Beach Clean-Up of the Year At Perkins Beach
With Drink Local Drink Tap
10am-12pm Perkins (far west) parking lot
Fall Color at Edgewater Park Hike
With Cleveland Metroparks
5:30 – 6:30pm Perkins (far west) parking lot
It is a new day for Edgewater Park. The Cleveland Metroparks officially took over management of the park on June 6th. Adding to the exciting momentum for the park is the opening of the W 76th street tunnel today, July 2.
The Metroparks has adopted the Urban Beach Ambassador program, which 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. Sixteen people have been trained as Urban Beach Ambassadors so far and will provide eyes on the park and a welcoming presence for visitors. Additional trainings will take place if there are at least ten interested people. Sign up here: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Urban-Beach-Ambassadors.aspx
The Friends of Edgewater State Park board has mixed feelings about this change. We will miss our friends at the state parks, particularly Naturalist Carol Ward, who has been the liaison to our group for many years. We do feel that the Metroparks will be an excellent manager of the park and we have the highest hopes and excitement about new possibilities for Edgewater. The Friends of Edgewater State Park will continue to actively promote and support the park under the name Friends of Edgewater. Friends of Edgewater board members were recently invited to participate in meetings with Metroparks staff facilitated by Land Studio.
Perkins Beach Cleanup to be held this Saturday
With help from a beach cleaner machine provided by the Northeast Ohio Sewer District, Metroparks staff have been spending a lot of time cleaning Edgewater Beach. However, they can’t easily get the beach cleaner over to the west end of the beach, known as Perkins Beach. With this in mind our monthly cleanup in partnership with Drink Local Drink Tap will focus on the Perkins area this month, on Saturday, July 6th from 10am-12pm. Volunteers will meet at the west parking lot (nearest to Edgewater Drive and Cliff Drive).
Donation Box Installed at Edgewater Pier
Last fall, the Friends of Edgewater cleaned, painted, and installed a donation box provided by the Friends for the Preservation of State Parks adjacent to the Edgewater fishing pier. The box is now labeled and a number of small donations have been collected at the box. All donations will be used to support Edgewater Park.
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.