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

July 28, 2012

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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 www.kickstarter.com/projects/1481657468/euclid-beach-blast-2012 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: www.change.org/petitions/gov-john-kasich-plan-a-visit-to-cleveland-lakefront-state-park

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: http://www.freshwatercleveland.com/forgood/edgewaterconcerts071212.aspx  

Upcoming Events

8/4
Monthly Clean-up
3pm, Lower Level Beach Pavilion

8/9
Urban Beach Ambassador Training
6:30-8pm, Lower Level Beach Pavilion

8/17
Naturalist Program:
Nocturnal Natives
7-8:30pm, North of Bath House

8/23
FOESP Board Meeting
5:30pm, Latitude 41n

9/1
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!

July 2 Update: Cell phone tour, Music in the Park

July 12, 2012

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 (clehn@cmnh.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!

May 30 update: Key Bank Landscaping and Beach Party

June 27, 2012

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!

April 22 Update: Record Setting Clean-Up

April 22, 2012

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.

Sand, Sun, Water and Wine: Barefoot Wine Clean-Up and Party May 5th

April 22, 2012

This is one of our favorite clean-ups! The Friends of Edgewater State Park are partnering with DrinkLocalDrinkTap and Barefoot Wine to bring you the second annual Barefoot Wine Beach Clean-up. After the clean-up join us for a free celebration at the Harp. (All ages welcome, wine 21+ only). With the support of the Surfrider Foundation, Barefoot Wine hosts beach clean-ups across the country. Supplies provided. When: Saturday, May 5, 10am – 12pm clean up, 12pm-3pm after-party. Where: Meet at the Edgewater Beach Pavilion for the clean-up and we’ll adjourn to the Harp afterwards. The Harp is located at 4408 Detroit Ave, one Shoreway exit east of Edgewater Park.

Edgewater State Park Spring News

April 6, 2012

First Clean-up of Spring is Saturday, April 7

The Friends of Edgewater State Park clean-up season opener is this
Saturday at 10 am. Meet at the lower level beach pavilion. All supplies
provided. Give back to the park! Clean-ups will continue on the first
Saturday of every month throughout the summer. Save the date for the
Barefoot Wine Clean-up Party on May 5th! In partnership with Drink
Local Drink Tap!

Adopt-a-Beach Program

Do you have a small group that would like to make a greater commitment to the
park, on your own schedule? The Adopt-a-Beach program is looking for both
beginner and Tier II volunteers to monitor beach and water conditions at
Edgewater State Park on a regular basis. Volunteers across the Great Lakes
provide important data which is vital to environmental protection. Tier II
volunteers recieve additional training and provide the highest standard
of scientific sampling. Please contact Hyle Lowry at
hlowry@greatlakes.org 3. mailto:hlowry@greatlakes.org

Park Ambassador Interest Group
Interested in providing a watchful eye, education, and safety presence
to Edgewater visitors? There is a group envisioning a program modeled
after the Downtown Alliance. For more info contact Mandy
at FriendsofEdgewter@hotmail.com or join the conversation on
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=Drink%20Local
%20Drink%20Tap&init=quick&tas=search_preload&search_first_focus=1333713
996265#!/events/233645410064362/

Music in the Park
Building on the success of our senior concert last year, the Friends of
Edgewater is planning to host several musical events in the park this
year. To suggest a band, or get involved in planning, please contact
Carrie Miller at FriendsofEdgewater@hotmail.com. We are also looking for
donations for this project – see info on how to help out below.

Park Spring Calendar
Check out the park spring calendar
at http://www.clevelandlakefront.org/NaturalistPrograms.html

Support the Friends of Edgewater State Park
We accept checks at: 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!

Upcoming Events

4/7
Clean-Up Season Opener
10am, Lower Level Beach Pavilion

4/24
FOESP Meeting
5:30pm, Latitude 41n

5/5
Barefoot Wine Clean-Up
10am, Edgewater Park

Share Your Ideas at Our Annual Meeting

October 13, 2011

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Upper Level Pavilion

Edgewater Park

11am—1pm

Join us for the 2011 annual meeting. The business meeting will begin promptly at 11am followed by a cook-out lunch and history tours of the park. Members will have the chance to vote for board positions.  There will be an opportunity to discuss the priorities for the coming year and we will form committees to work on specific projects. If you like you may bring a side dish to share.