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Friends of Edgewater Summer 2014 Update

August 4, 2014

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.

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A Message From Outgoing Board President Mandy Metcalf

January 26, 2014

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 friendsofedgewater@hotmail.com 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

Fall for Music in the Park

September 21, 2013

Fall for Music in the Park flier7-8pm 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.

Upcoming Events

10/5
Last Beach Clean-Up of the Year At Perkins Beach

With Drink Local Drink Tap
10am-12pm Perkins (far west) parking lot

10/10
Fall Color at Edgewater Park Hike

With Cleveland Metroparks
5:30 – 6:30pm Perkins (far west) parking lot

Edgewater Park becomes part of the Metroparks Lakefront Reservation

September 21, 2013

UBA

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 beach cleanerparking 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.

Celebrating an Eventful Year

December 3, 2012
 wreath1 copyThank you to all our volunteers who worked so hard to support Edgewater Park this year. We have a long list of accomplishments:

  • Conducted seven beach clean-ups over the spring and summer with hundreds of volunteers in partnership with Drink Local Drink Tap and the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
  • Received a grant from the Cleveland Colectivo to support concerts in the park and held the first two musical events
  • Installed a narrarated tour-by-phone system in the park
  • Funded and coordinated the installation of landscaping at the entrance to the park with Key Bank volunteers, and maintained the landscaping through the summer
  • Worked with Euclid Adopt-a-Beach and Drink Local Drink Tap to start the Urban Beach Ambassador Program in partnership with Cleveland Lakefront State Parks and the Cleveland Metroparks
  • Weeded and mulched the exercise stations on the bike path
  • Serviced the recycling bins in the park
  • Organized maintenance / clean-up of the historic stables on park property by community service workers
  • Sponsored a DJ for a summer beach party organized by the park naturalist
  • Served on the Potluck in the Park event committee
  • Created an initial strategic plan for the organization which will continue to be developed with input from additional stakeholders
  • Participated in the Friends for the Preservation of State Parks, an umbrella group for Ohio State Parks Friends groups.

Our work is entirely funded by memberships, grants, and donations. Please consider contributing to the Friends of Edgewater State Park. We appreciate your support.

Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

Join the Friends of Edgewater State Park at the Battery Park Wine Bar on December 18th, 5-7pm, as we celebrate the holiday season and look back at the accomplishments of the past year. We’ll provide appetizers and goodies. We’ll also hold our Annual Meeting and election of officers. There will be two open seats on our board – an opportunity to get involved. Anyone who is current on their membership dues can vote and run for office. You can renew your membership at the party (or at the address below). Everyone is welcome, even if you are not a member. Hope to see you there!

Winter Naturalist Programs
The park naturalist has a continuing lineup of programs throughout the winter. Check out http://www.clevelandlakefront.org/NaturalistPrograms.html

Support the Friends of Edgewater State Park
Send donations 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 business. Thank you for your support to help our park reach its full potential!

Urban Beach Ambassador Training Wed, Sept 5

August 27, 2012

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.

August 19 update: Cats on Holiday at Edgewater

August 19, 2012

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Cats on Holiday plays Edgewater Park

The Friends of Edgewater State Park ‘s free music series continues with Cats on Holiday this Thursday, August 23rd at 7pm, at the Edgewater Lower Pavilion. We are excited that Cats on Holiday is celebrating Edgewater Park with us! Please invite your friends and family to enjoy an evening of great music, a beautiful sunset, and Honey Hut ice cream. Cats On Holiday is a hard rockin’, swamp poppin’ outfit serving up a healthy dose of American influenced roots, country, cajun and blues. Reigning from the Cuyahoga Music Valley on the shores of Lake Erie, this band has been pleasing crowds from barrooms to outdoor festivals and concerts for the last 15 years. Armed with an arsenal of well-crafted original tunes and an eclectic blend of party songs, it’s hard for most listeners not to swing and sway. Check out www.catsonholiday.com and optionally, rsvp on facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/events/432168213500844/ . Music in the Park is made possible by the generous support of the Cleveland Colectivo.

Volunteer for Potluck in the Park: 1st Annual Local Food Feast
Volunteers are needed for the potluck of the year at Edgewater ‘s Upper Pavilion, Sept 29th 4:30-7pm. Potluck in the Park is a celebration of local food and a chance for Clevelanders to share a meal together. To volunteer, contact Christa Ebert, NPI, at 216-453-1448 or cebert@npi-cle.org . For more info visit www.npi-cle.org/blog/potluck

Wagner Statue Story in Plain Dealer
Donald Rosenberg highlights the history of the Wagner Statue and music appreciation at Edgewater Park. www.cleveland.com/musicdance/index.ssf/2012/08/wagner_statue_in_edgewater_par.html

 

Upcoming Events

8/23
FOESP Board Meeting
5:30pm, Edgewater Lower Pavilion

8/23
Music in the Park: Cats on Holiday
7:00pm, Edgewater Lower Pavilion

9/1
Monthly Clean-up
10am-12pm, Edgewater Lower Pavilion

9/1
Naturalist Program: Farewell to Summer Beach Party
7-9:30pm, Edgewater Park Beach

9/8-9/9
OSEK Cleveland Kite Festival
11-5pm, Lower Edgewater Park

Support the Friends of Edgewater State Park
Send donations 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 business. Thank you for your support to help our park reach its full potential!

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