Thank you, Cleveland Foundation, for your September 13 & 28, 2014 Centennial Gift: Weekends on the Water!
We are very fortunate to have been among the 6,000 Clevelanders who received free tickets to an educational cruise on Cleveland's largest excursion ship, the Goodtime III. On Saturday, September 13th, we joined a joyful crowd on the docks at the end of East 9th Street near Voinovich Park. A light rain did not dampen the spirits of those waiting to board the ship. We were entertained on the dock by the Cleveland Coast Guard (@USCGGreatLakes), who demonstrated their water cannon.
Once on board the Goodtime III (@GoodtimeIII), we had great views of the lake and river from the comfortable lower level. The narration for the cruise was all about the Cleveland Foundation's (@CleveFoundation) role in supporting local recreational and environmental organizations that are reclaiming our river and lakefront for public use. Here is the description from the Cleveland Foundation website (NOTE: we added links to the gift partners, and encourage you to learn more on their websites):
For the Cleveland Foundation Weekends on the Water, the foundation is joining forces with several partners to make the event a unique learning tour for families. A special cruise narration will highlight some of the recent exciting development along the river and lakefront. Also, representatives from the foundation’s September gift partners – Cleveland Metroparks, the city of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, The Nature Conservancy and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District – will be on board during the cruises to answer questions and to provide educational materials on topics such as local water quality and conservation efforts.
What we learned from the cruise naration expanded on much of we learned recently from the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation's (@GatewayCLE) Canal Basin Park in the Flats "Take A Hike" Tour and visits to local parks. Rather than repeat all that we learned here, we invite you to read our tweets/retweets below and our September 11, 2014, "Take a Hike" - Cleveland's Flats & Beyond! blog post via these links:
- Please click on the map pins to view photos and videos
- Canal Basin Park in the Flats
- Merwin's Wharf - Learn about the new Cleveland Metroparks restaurant
- Scranton Flats - New urban park
- Ohio & Erie Canal
- Lake Link Trail - Announcement about a new bike path to link the new parks
- Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center and Cuyahoga Valley National Park Canal Exploration Center
- Sound Of Applause - Live Remote: Merwin’s Wharf - Listen to the live radio broadcast
- Cuyahoga River & Lake Erie Educational Cruise
The only thing we wanted to add beyond what we wrote in our "Take a Hike" - Cleveland's Flats & Beyond! blog post is about the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (@WallyWaterdrop @neorsd). We had planned to write about the sewer district's huge plant near the Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center (@CleveMetroparks) which is just out of sight of where Stuart biked on Sunday, August 24, 2014, but cut it from the story. (We felt that talking about sewage did not fit in a blog post about parks.) In hindsight, cutting it was a mistake.
When Stuart visited our son, Mike, at 6th grade camp at Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, he learned something important. The health of the park is dependent upon the cleanliness of the river that once was famous for burning. Thus, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Cleveland Metroparks locations along the Cuyahoga River would not exist if not for the work of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
While preparing this blog post, Stuart received a direct message on Twitter from @WallyWaterdrop with the current version of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (@neorsd) logo for their #CleanWater2015 program. The logo will be formally presented at the upcoming NEORSD Open House, where their new 2015 clean water initiative will be announced.
The NEORSD Open House is on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Go to this web page for all the details: neorsd.org/OpenHouse
Enjoy our photos and videos from the day.
Photos by Stuart O. Smith, Jr.:
Photos by Kevin F. Smith:
Tweets and Retweets
Please see photos and useful links in our @sos_jr tweets/retweets.
Because of the new way Twitter displays multiple photos, it is best to click on each one to view it fully.
@sos_jr Enjoy, and stay warm! A great and cool Cleveland morning.— NE Oh Regional Sewer (@neorsd) September 13, 2014
@SaraShookman Yes- Both days sold out in 45 mins. Tremendous interest.— Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation) September 13, 2014
Cleveland sure is beautiful this rainy morning on our first free Weekend on the Water tour! pic.twitter.com/ywUqK5BLi5— Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation) September 13, 2014
If you missed the Centennial Gift: Weekends on the Water event, please note:
Since the tickets sold out in 45 minutes, the Goodtime III (@GoodtimeIII) is offering a special discount for cruises next year in honor of the Cleveland Foundation's 100th birthday. Save $3 per adult/child ticket for any narrated lake-river tour in 2015 with the code: TCF100
A special website was set up by the Cleveland Foundation and the Cleveland Metroparks for environmental project information related to the Water Weekend events at: ClevelandMetroparks.com/WaterWeekends
Centennial Gift Blog Posts
The "Weekends on the Water" is the sixth Cleveland Foundation centennial event we have attended. Please read our blog posts to learn more about the following Cleveland Foundation 2014 centennial gift events, and also see what we wrote about how the Cleveland Foundation fulfills its mission:
Saturday, February 22nd event: FREE! Great Lakes Science Center (plus our son, Mike, went to the Sunday, February 23rd, free day at Rock Hall)
Monday, March 24th event: Cleveland Foundation FREE Day at CIFF
Saturday, May 24th event: May Centennial Gift: Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval
Sunday, July 20th event: Cleveland Foundation Day with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom (Only Julie attended, since the rest of the family was volunteering at Cleveland GiveCamp 2014 - 5th Year!)
- Saturday, August 23rd event: Cleveland Foundation FREE Cinema At The Square
- Information about the Cleveland Foundation's Sunday, August 17, 2014, announcement about their $5 million centennial legacy grant for the Lake Link Trail can be found in our "Take a Hike" - Cleveland's Flats & Beyond! blog post.