won to study Huntington shoreline
By Jeff Gallatin
Published June 3, 2009
believe a recently awarded state grant will help them upgrade the
Huntington Beach and Lake Erie area.
senior planner for the Metroparks, said the $68,250 Coastal Management
Assistance Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will
allow the parks system to develop a shoreline management plan for
the Huntington Reservation. The area includes the beach and waterfront
areas utilized by thousands of people every year.
“Since the park
area was originally designed in the 1930s this will help allow us
to look at how we can upgrade and improve the area for people,”
the state grant is being matched by the Metroparks for a total of
$136,500 for the project, which will include three different major
components. The components include beach protection and bluff stabilization,
ecologic restoration and public access to the site.
“Those are all major areas of concern and interest
for the parks and the Huntington Reservation area,” he said. “We
want to provide the best possible facilities in the park system.”
He said elements
of the three major components often cross into each other’s areas.
“We’ll be looking
at all of it together and what we can do to deal with the different
elements,” he said.
that many people utilize the beach areas.
a visible part of the park which provides opportunities for people
that aren’t available in other parts of the Metroparks and other
park systems,” he said. “Because we’ve got the beach area we want
to keep it a strong part of the area.”
He said the
grant will help the Park system look at items like making the beach
more accessible for some people as well as protecting and preserving
the area. He said the bluff protection and ecologic restoration
also go along with system goals.
“We want to
find ways of properly dealing with and maintaining the bluff areas
as well as keeping a good ecological balance for everything,” he
He noted that
many people with lakefront properties have had to deal with erosion
and related issues.
not a problem exclusive to us and the property in the reservation,”
he said. “We certainly will listen to other people and groups about
how we deal with the issues.”
He said the
plan will also give the Park system the opportunity to consider
what changes need to be made in park facilities and the actual site.
going to look at those access issues as well as other possible changes
which could be of benefit,” he said.
there would be public meetings as well as surveys and other attempts
to gather as much information and public input as possible.
to be an interesting process,” he said, estimating that the study
would take about 12 to 18 months to complete.
Mayor Debbie Sutherland said the grant will benefit more than just
are used by many people and are a vital part of the area in the
city,” she said. “It’s not just people from Bay Village. Many people
come from outside the city to use them.”
She said people
coming from outside the area can and often do check out other attractions
in the park and surrounding areas.
“If that area
is upgraded, then we’re likely to see additional benefits from people
utilizing other facilities and businesses that are located nearby,”
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