BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263, firstname.lastname@example.org
ERIC BARNETT - 216-635-7014, email@example.com
Cleveland Metroparks invites everyone to come enjoy and take care of beautiful Huntington Beach in Bay Village and other beaches along Lake Erie.
Two hands-on beach programs are a way for patrons to learn more and give back to these natural wonders on beautiful Lake Erie:
Naturalist at the Beach
Sunday, May 5 � noon - 2 p.m.
Lake Picnic Area � Huntington Reservation
Stop by to chat with Naturalist Bethany Majeski above beautiful Huntington Beach. See specimens of local flora and fauna, learn some facts about the great Lake Erie, and even meet a live animal or two. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-734-6660.
Saturday, May 18 � 1 - 3 p.m.
Huntington Beach Water Tower � Huntington Reservation
Celebrate your love for the Great Lakes by adopting a beach! Participants commit to hour-and-a-half visits to Huntington Beach and use Alliance for the Great Lakes' forms to collect data. A great project for anyone looking for a community service opportunity! During the first visit of each year, a beach assessment is made of existing conditions.
Participant can expect to:
- Tidy up a bit: At each visit, litter is collected, recorded and recycled or disposed of properly.
- Check the water: Using a simple test, investigate bacteria levels in the water. High bacteria levels can cause beach closings and swimming bans.
- Enter data: Cleveland Metroparks Adopt-A-Beach coordinators take the data and enter it into the Alliance's online database and can use their data to make a change for the better.
Group sessions may also be scheduled by appointment. For more information, visit clevelandmetroaprks.com or call 440-331-8111.
And, thanks to a start-up grant from The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Metroparks is working on a collaborative effort with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and volunteers from Friends of Edgewater State Park, Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team and Drink Local Drink Tap, to begin the Urban Beach Ambassadors program this summer!
This volunteer program, similar to Cleveland Metroparks Trail Monitor program, will take place along the beaches and park trails at Edgewater or Euclid/Villa Angela Beaches. Volunteers are trained to educate and inform park and beach visitors about how their actions can adversely impact beach and water quality and diminish visitor experience. Visit clevelandmetroparks.com for more information.
Enjoy and protect one of Cleveland's greatest assets and its shoreline, with special beach programs this May in Cleveland Metroparks - Discover, Enjoy, Protect!