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Thanks for posting that Scott, unfortunately I will be out of town that weekend. Baltimore's Inner Harbor is often brought up as a successful waterfront revitalization when the Cleveland Lakefront development is discussed.They have the same problem with all of the trash being dumped into the harbor via the storm sewers. They have gone as far as to put nets across the small tributaries and to use trash barges such as the one below, and floating booms to collect the floating trash. Basically its a barge with a conveyor that collects anything floating. Not that it could be used at Edgewater specifically but I just thought I would bring it up as a way other cities are combating the problem.
I'd actually be in favor of some type of daily/monthly/yearly user pass if it could be shown that it would boost maintenance without hurting attendance. Michigan does this with most of their state parks. On the flip side, people might be more inclined to use the park regularly once they paid for a seasonal pass...
The state of Edgewater Park right now is an utter mess. As we enter a major holiday weekend, its appearance is an embarrassment to the city.It's been more than a week since the storm that downed several trees has passed, but it appears that we will be left with huge limbs and tree segments scattered about, (as was noted before, limbs that had fallen in late winter/spring sat for months untouched with weeds growing all around them)The lack of physical maintenance in the park, coupled with the lack of ecological/landscaping maintenance, really exacerbates the broken windows theory with regards to trash. Tall weeds, dead limbs rotting for weeks, mounds of wood chips and mulch sitting in the corners of the parking lots makes the park look dirty beyond the trash problem. When something already looks dirty, people don't take as good care of it. Couple that with general trash that floats ashore, and the litter problem overtakes the park.The problems with the beach/park are numerous* Litter. No further explanation needed, number one priority for the park, IMO.* Dog poop. While I love dogs and hate to say it, but please enforce the no pets on beach rule. The signs are everywhere, but no one obeys. The piles of dog poop everywhere are just disgusting. People would like to lay in the grass and on the beach where your dog is taking a cr@p or pis$ing!* Cruising the park for action. Please take your acts of backseat pleasure elsewhere. * Petty theft. Don't even consider taking anything to the beach that you would hate to have stolen. Hoodlums have the galls to run up and steal bags and items from beach towels while you are 20 feet away in the water watching them, of course unable to run to shore in time to catch them.* Drug use. Once again, please take it elsewhere.* Homeless people who live on the beach and in the wooded areas on the beachcliff. There are a handful of homeless who take up residence in the park and will occasionally harass beach goers.* Sewage overflows. This summer has had record rainfall and subsequently every time it rains, the E coli levels in the park become too high.* Junk that flows ashore, not only plastic junk, but leaves, driftwood, branches, dead fish, etc* Personal Watercrafts/boats and diesel. Some days the smell of fuel is so nauseating it feels like you are laying on a towel on a runway at Hopkins. You can also see a thin film of oil on the water and a haze wafting above during the busiest/hottest of days.* Algae blooms. I've been noticing a lot of nasty areas pop up close to shore recently. Western Lake Erie is really feeling this problem as of late.So yeah, that's just my short list of things that I can think of off the top of my head that really need to be fixed. It's daunting. I also think the resources at the park are not allocated correctly. How many times have you seen a park ranger walking on the beach patrolling? How many times have you seen a park ranger riding a bike on the trails patrolling? How many times have you seen a ranger driving a vehicle along the shoreway pulling someone over or giving someone a ticket on an offramp? BINGO! That right there sends a huge red flag to me. I really wish there was an actual foot presence of rangers/police in the park, rather than this ridiculous presence on the nearby roads that happen to intersect park property. It'd be nice also if we could allocate some of this park road patrol nonsense to a full time person who just cleans up trash through the park. Sort of a park janitor. If adding that person to the payrolls is that out of the question, how about encouraging job skills to the homeless that live in the park to help clean it up? What about a summer internship to college students and turn the trash collection into a Great Lakes research project? I feel that there is a wealth of knowledge to be learned about the density of trash that comes ashore, weight of materials, where materials come from, type of material matter, etc. Not only does it clean the park up, it contributes to finding point sources, and gives students some experience.So that's my end of summer rant/suggestions for Edgewater Park. I hope that at summer's unofficial end next year, our lakeside gem doesn't look like the pit that it does now.
^The state owns edgewater and has a contract with the restaurant and honey hut and that contract says no other vendors on the property. granted thats a bad contract to sign, and it could be changed...but as for right now, cant have it. I agree, need more public art, beauty, etc.
^they don't have anyone to supervise basic services like trash pickup & mowing. They definitely don't have anyone to coordinate concerts, food trucks, and other vendors...
I agree. With such a huge asset that Edgewater is, I think it could be a money maker with very little effort. Promote some local music concerts & art shows, charge the vendors a fee to sell goods & merchandise there. Install some high quality sports fields, either softball, volleyball, whatever. Have a winter skate park. Pretty soon you've got a steady income stream and a building base of users. More than enough activity to justify a year round "event coordinator". As it is now, there is zero promotion that goes into Edgewater Park. Outside of "Friends of Edgewater", there is no social media, nothing promoting the handful of events that take place there like the kite flying convention, the ultra-marathon, the recycled flotation competition, etc.
So apparently every other major city in the US has managed to figure out a way to use its parks to the fullest potential but Cleveland...
Quote from: joey1320 on June 26, 2012, 07:44:14 AMSo apparently every other major city in the US has managed to figure out a way to use its parks to the fullest potential but Cleveland...This is extremely frustrating. In fact, it's especially disconcerting because there is so little access to the water here. And the precious access we do have is not taken care of. Government inaction.
Quote from: surfohio on June 27, 2012, 06:45:40 AMQuote from: joey1320 on June 26, 2012, 07:44:14 AMSo apparently every other major city in the US has managed to figure out a way to use its parks to the fullest potential but Cleveland...This is extremely frustrating. In fact, it's especially disconcerting because there is so little access to the water here. And the precious access we do have is not taken care of. Government inaction. They are working to address it. If all goes as planned, in another 4-5 years, there will be access at the following:W. 65th - pedestriansW. 73rd - cars & pedestriansW. 76th - pedestriansLake Ave - pedestriansWest Blvd - cars & pedestrians
Beyond access, I don't really see any problems with Edgewater. I don't want any retail beyond ice cream there. It really is one of my favorite places in Cleveland. The fact that it is a great big open field next to the lake is it's best quality. I can think of nothing better than a summer afternoon at Edgewater with some grilling materials, a beer, and a frisbee.