What would go nicely with Marblehead Lighthouse?

MARBLEHEAD Marblehead Lighthouse State Park recently acquired 14 acres surrounding the historic beac
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

MARBLEHEAD

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park recently acquired 14 acres surrounding the historic beacon.

Now park staffers want to know what the public wants to do with it.

The Ohio Department of National Resources is hosting a public meeting to field ideas from the community about how to use the property. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. today at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 Port Clinton Eastern Road.

"Many people have a lot of different ideas on what to put there and I just wanted to give them the opportunity to voice their opinions," said Ina Brolis, regional park manager for East Harbor and Marblehead Light House state parks.

She envisions the meeting being a community brain storming session. A mowed walking path is the only improvement made to the property thus far.

"We don't have the funds to do much, so that will determine a lot," Brolis said.

The Marblehead Light House historical society has proposed building a lifesaving station and education center at the park. The lifesaving station would be a replica of the water rescue operation predating the U.S. Coast Guard at Marblehead.

Brolis said the historical society has already raised about $100,000 of the anticipated $300,000 cost of the project.

Brolis said another project already underway is a brick path fundraiser. Guests and community members may purchase bricks for a walking path starting at the southeastern corner of park. Money raised from the sale of bricks will help fund new restrooms at the park.

Money for additional projects will have to come from grants or fundraisers.

People who can't make it to the meeting may submit ideas by calling 419-723-4424, ext. 2.