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July 28 Update: Create Your Own Volunteer Schedule at Edgewater – Become an Urban Beach Ambassador

July 28, 2012


Create your own volunteer schedule: become an Urban Beach Ambassador

Do you wish you could make our clean-up events but Saturdays are just too busy? Do you pick up litter on your own time and want to get recognized for your efforts? Do you find yourself wanting to talk to park visitors about caring for the park but can’t get up the nerve? 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, working with a partner, will also report park conditions and may help with litter pick-up and recycling as needed. You can choose the park area to work in and the general times when you want to volunteer.  You will receive a free t-shirt and supplies. To become an Urban Beach Ambassador, attend the training on Thursday, August 9th, 6:30-8pm at the Edgewater Park beach pavilion. If you can’t make it on the 9th, there will be another training at Euclid Beach Park, at the pavilion 6:30pm on Thursday August 16th. 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 4th clean-up starts at 3pm, then head over to Euclid Beach Blast

Last month volunteers braved the heat to collect 28 lbs of recyclables and 87 lbs of trash. Thank you! Our clean-up this coming weekend will start later than usual, at 3pm Saturday at the Edgewater beach pavilion. A contingent from Bike Cleveland will stop by to help out before riding over to the Euclid Beach Blast (5-8:30pm) at Euclid Beach State Park. We’ll be heading over to the Beach Blast ourselves after the clean-up.  Euclid Adopt-a-Beach still needs to raise funds for the event! Please support them at before August 1.

Music in the Park
Nate Jones, pictured above, kicked off our Music in the Park series with a fantastic evening of great music on July 12. We’ll be posting the rest of the summer music schedule soon. Music in the Park is made possible by the Cleveland Colectivo.

Tell Governor Kasich to Visit the Cleveland Lakefront State Parks

so he can see that our wonderful parks deserve more state funding! Sign the petition here:

Upcoming Naturalist Programs

Carol Ward, the park naturalist, has some interesting programs to share with you.
 – 8/17 NOCTURNAL NATIVES 7 PM—8:30 PM. **Meet a resident owl from Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Nature Center, learn about bats, and more. Live animals and hands on activities. Meet at the north side of the beach bath house at Edgewater.

 – 9/1 Farewell to Summer Beach Party @ Edgewater 7 pm-9:30 pm

New manager at Cleveland Lakefront State Parks

Brian Andrews is replacing outgoing Cleveland Lakefront State Park manager Jim Seikel. We wish Jim the best in his new role with the State Parks and look forward to working with Brian. Brian was formerly the manager of Findley State Park.

Friends of Edgewater featured in Freshwater Cleveland

Check out the article here:  

Upcoming Events

Monthly Clean-up
3pm, Lower Level Beach Pavilion

Urban Beach Ambassador Training
6:30-8pm, Lower Level Beach Pavilion

Naturalist Program:
Nocturnal Natives
7-8:30pm, North of Bath House

FOESP Board Meeting
5:30pm, Latitude 41n

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


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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