metroparks muse's blog

Answering questions

Submitted by metroparks muse on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 20:06.

The Probate Judge who appointed Tana Carney to the Cleveland Foundation is John J Donnelly, who also appointed the Cleveland Metroparks Commissioners. The longest serving is Fred Rzepka, a developer (who was reportedly on the site committee for the Browns stadium).

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Seeds of hope

Submitted by metroparks muse on Wed, 11/05/2008 - 10:56.

Appropriate for a new morning- Cinci is moving to urban garden opportunities as proposed by the Green Cincinnati Plan.

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Peace in our Parks

Submitted by metroparks muse on Sun, 10/19/2008 - 14:10.

The Plain Dealer today has a story on the local mountain bikers' belligerent battle with Cleveland Metroparks. The mountain bike crowd believes that parks exist for recreation - with their emphasis being on speed and obstacles - while actually MetroParks founding legislation was for protection of natural areas.

Bikers like the sensation of speed they get from whizzing past trees - and favor races, competitions, timed runs. Walkers, hikers, horseback riders generally move at a leisurely pace, admiring their surroundings, winding down from the speed of life elsewhere. Nothing wrong with bikers per se, but perhaps they could utilize brownfield areas leaving others to appreciate nature without being run over.

Dip your toes

Submitted by metroparks muse on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 08:10.

Dip into wetland issues with the Friends of Big Creek tonight at the Zoo Preregistration was requested, but not mandatory - give them a call at least.


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Submitted by metroparks muse on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 21:26.

Never doubt the power of the powers-that-be to keep us in the dark...

 (or as I was saying when the lights went out -)

The Cincinnati Enquirer has stepped up to the role of media watchdog (not to be confused with irrational, unprovoked pit bull attacks)


Submitted by metroparks muse on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 21:19.

Plea to all

    As comments are sometimes posted a long time after the original post, and as innumerable anomalous acronyms numb the neurons, could we all try to print out full name of an entity the first time it is used in a comment or blog? Thereafter, initials would be fine. This might also help out visitors or readers from beyond the pall [or mall].

For me, it would mean I could focus more on the message and less on the mystery meaning of  mnemonics.

Trees Help Ease

Submitted by metroparks muse on Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:48.

Yet another reason to push for 'more green' - it can lead to 'more clean' air. Something that both urban areas and their schools need to address. (Not that suburbia is immune to pollution. Dirty air is everywhere)

Frown Turned Upside Down

Submitted by metroparks muse on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 15:49.

Did I just see that the 4:00 news on WOIO is being sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners? Our tax dollars are being spent trying to buy back our love or their reporters' favor or what exactly?

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Right On

Submitted by metroparks muse on Sat, 08/16/2008 - 13:45.
Today on WCPN at 4:00 (or listen online) but do hear this week's On The Media on investigative reporting and the effects of our changing media on critical issues.

A Green Light for Conservation

Submitted by metroparks muse on Fri, 08/15/2008 - 20:25.

 The city of Akron deserves a Green Light Award for moving us into the future. They (and note this is a city, not even a park system) are eliminating ODOT's roadside mowing by using low growing, low maintenance plantings. It's no surprise that Cleveland is being left in the dust and the rust when our neighbor, from the same struggling area, is actively finding and implementing new solutions.

Wheels of Progress?

Submitted by metroparks muse on Wed, 08/13/2008 - 11:18.

Two skate parks with similar problems: vandalism and graffiti:  one may have found a creative - literally - solution. While Solon is considering closing its skate park,  Akron is looking to the offenders themselves for an answer - they get to paint their park.

Signs of the Times

Submitted by metroparks muse on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 15:05.

well, would you lookee here..

It appears the Rocky River Nature Center has already been dedicated to a most deserving person, Harold Wallin, who was truly the founder of Metroparks Outdoor Education programs including the old Trailside Museum and Rocky River Nature Center.

Taking Advantage of Our Good Nature

Submitted by metroparks muse on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 20:28.

No matter the uproar in Cuyahoga County, in Cleveland Metroparks, at least, it's politics as usual.  Or as unusual -  as the renaming of Rocky River Nature Center is proceeding over the loud objections of the public.

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Frog Went a Beggin'

Submitted by metroparks muse on Mon, 07/14/2008 - 15:06.

(Or scraping the bottom of the pond)

The Gulf in Golf

Submitted by metroparks muse on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 21:20.

Not only does the PD take on golf, Page 1 - front and center But Scene pitches in (sorry) with a story on the changing face of highschool baseball.

Big bucks for them maybe, but better for us?

Submitted by metroparks muse on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 19:54.
[ or is this really 'Part Of Your Life, Naturally'] 


Turfgrass Research - For Better Golf and a Better Environment

Frog Blog

Submitted by metroparks muse on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 17:10.

Jeff - This is my kind of exhibit (actually a road toad)

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Choosing Wisely

Submitted by metroparks muse on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 06:23.

"Let's start with these... is the Metroparks a well run and effective organization, with good leadership, and how are they funded and is that well spent? .."


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First Things First

Submitted by metroparks muse on Fri, 05/16/2008 - 06:51.
If Cleveland Metroparks continues to expand into the city of
Cleveland, the safety of the good people in these neighborhods must be of paramount concern. This is evident from the horrendous attack this week at West Creek, along with residents' concerns previously voiced in
Slavic Village. Vandalism at Washington Park Golf Course has been addressed, but personal safety far outweighs property concerns.


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Past Meets Future

Submitted by metroparks muse on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 19:41.

As part of its mission of conservation and preservation, Cleveland Metroparks should be a leader in promoting sustainability. Documenting and then decreasing utility and fuel use, cutting back on herbicides and pesticides, recycling beyond paper goods or state mandates - showing the way to greener lifestyles. Except for water conservation at the zoo and the purchase of a few hybrid SUVs (while still maintaining a huge stable of on and off road vehicles) there has been little effort to change.