Sandusky Bay Pavilion eyeballed for center

Sandusky city commissioner pushes partnership with BGSU, schools
Andy Ouriel
May 20, 2013

Some Sandusky officials recently flaunted a deteriorated, albeit salvageable, property to Bowling Green State University representatives for a rare research and revitalization opportunity.

The plan primarily revolves around rejuvenating the run-down Sandusky Bay Pavilion property.

Years of neglect have led to a warped roof atop the bathrooms, a contaminated wave pool and various other problems at the East Water Street park.

But a possible partnership with university officials, in terms of placing an on-site educational research facility there, could reinvigorate the area.

Students and educators could study the differing algal bloom toxins present in Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie, city commissioner Diedre Cole said. Cole alluded to a collaboration among Sandusky Schools, BGSU and the city.

“This could provide a unique research opportunity in Sandusky since we’re right at the mouth of the bay,” Cole said. “We look forward to seeing, hopefully, some sort of collaborative efforts in the future.”

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Comments

luvblues2

Excellent idea. I hope it comes to fruition.

Statealltheway

I absolutely agree. This is a win-win -- clean up that dump and put in something productive/educational. I hope this happens.

Licorice Schtick

Andy's "reporting" is pretty distorted opinion. This gem of a park functions well for the Kid's Fest, the Wine fest, and lots of other events. Contaminated" pool??? Really?! With what? Gum wrappers and algea? All the park needs is some basic maintenance. Shame on the Commissioners for the sorry condition of that park.

This could be the worst idea yet, more like an win-loose and The People loose. We should all be tired of the city letting the place run down and then using that as excuse to sell it cheap to cronies. Skepticism is justified.

Statealltheway

In case you haven't noticed, the City of Sandusky is running low on cash. Anything that requires funding from the city is pretty much destined to fail at this point. Why not sell the facility to a University that can maintain/run the place, make it look nicer, and provide a valuable service...ALL without touching my tax dollars.

Get a dream kid....that place is a dump. This is a win-win.

Licorice Schtick

I've noticed, and your sarcasm lends no weight to your argument. Your fallacious logic could be used to sell ALL parks. All parks "loose" money. Sell Lions Park - it costs. Sell our town square, Washington Park - it costs. Heck, sell Yellowstone Park - it costs.

The place is not quite a dump but it does unnecessarily suffer from lack of maintenance, which wouldn't cost much to fix. With competent management, that park is potentially an excellent value to The People of Sandusky - an exceptionally great place at relatively low cost.

As long as the city continues to entertain proposals from greedy selfish people to sell our best assets cheap, the doubt about the status of these properties will seemingly justify deferring maintenance on them. The City needs to send a clear signal that waterfront parks are NOT FOR SALE, and until they do, there will continue to be trouble.

We need to know what BG intends to do there that can't be better done elsewhere, and we need to know how public access to these precious waterfront spaces will not be diminished. Given the City's gullibility when it comes to schemes to privatize waterfront parks, skepticism is in order.

DGMutley

Licorice Schtick,

I agree. The property should be brought back to life for it's original intended use.

The Answer Person

Great idea! But...OMG...wait til certain non-property owner renters get wind of this!

Nemesis

There's no reason to expect any objection from any property owners. What should be expected is an outcry from Schwanger - it's an educational and research facility - taking waterfront for those snobs who can read and write and want to learn something.

T. A. Schwanger

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@NoAnswerPeson

I encourage you to read the hard copy Sandusky Register. Here's the scoop.

Save Our Shoreline Parks was invited and attended the meeting at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion with BGSU and Commissioner Cole.

Our function at the meeting was to provide a history of the site from beginning (1980) to the present and made it perfectly clear the site is a federally protected public access area and should continue to be so under BGSU's plan should their plan happen.

Indications from BGSU are their facility would be secure and would not interfere with the Maritime Museum and Wightman/Wiebers Foundation continued use of the property for special events and general public access to the site. Their "footprint" at the property would be small--perhaps the pool area.

The win-win commenters on this article should celebrate is the fact the property stays out of the hands of private land grabbers, being supported by one commissioner in particular, and in the hands of a university willing to develop while protecting public access.

For further discussion, we can be emailed at savebatterypark@aol.com

MrSandusky

This is a great idea, much like University of Toledo's Great Lakes Center on Bay Shore Road in Oregon, OH. I am glad that someone is thinking outside the box, instead of the normal restaurant, hotel, shops, or park chain of thought that normally materializes around here.

I cannot wait to read Sharon Johnson's blog this week so she can attack the idea and tell us how wrong it is...

The Bizness

I see this as a great opportunity. Especially if the university runs some sort of public center where you can go in and see some real science. Local schools could use this to strengthen their week science curriculum.

Erie County Resident

Yep, thats what it needs.
It's been blocked from public access for years so let's make sure it continues that way so nobody will ever use it again except the public agencies.

DGMutley

Yep, you're right.

2cents

The city needs tax $$$ start there with best use. How much is BG giving the city?

Licorice Schtick

Yeah, the city needs the money, so let's sell ALL the waterfront property - Shoreline Park, Jackson Street Pier, Lions Park. Let's throw in our town square, Washington Park, while we're at it.

T. A. Schwanger

I encourage all to read the hard copy Sandusky Register. Here's the scoop.

Save Our Shoreline Parks was invited and attended the meeting at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion with Commissioner Cole and BGSU.

Our function at the meeting was to provide a history of the site from beginning to the present and made it perfectly clear the site is a federally protected public access area and should continue to be so under BGSU's plan should their plan happen.

Indications from BGSU are their facility would be secure and would not interfere with the Maritime Museum and Wightman/Wiebers Foundation's continued use of the property for special events and general public access to the site. Their "footprint" at the property would be small--perhaps the pool area.

The win-win commenters should celebrate is the fact the property stays out of the hands of private land grabbers hands, supported by one commissioner in particular, and in the hands of a university willing to develop environmental education services while protecting public access.

A debt of gratitude is owed the Wightman/Wieber Foundation in 2013 for donating $10,000 in challenge match dollars for restrooms and roof repairs. Equal thanks the Sandusky Maritime Museum for their commitment to maintain the facility in a time when City crew staffing numbers are depleted.

The Bizness

Thanks for the info.

I will never purchase this 'news' source

Fireside

Who woulda thunk it....Cole, our best commissioner. Thinks outside the box, doesn't bow to pressure, speaks her mind.

Darkhorse

They take over a little piece and all of a sudden you have BGSU taking over the whole park. I don't think a research facility is the right for a park facility. It is a park not a research center. It would keep the landgrabbers from grabbing it. It seems that the city has money for everything but fixing up the park. If the city can possibly move city hall, they can fix the park up. The city seems to have money for their projects while sucking the money out of other places of where it is suppose to be going.