Cleveland Metroparks clarify water rules for Euclid Beach

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CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners approved a plan on Thursday that bans swimming and “body contact” at 21 locations, including Euclid Beach/Villa Angela.

Park officials said entering the water at Euclid Beach is dangerous after they found dangerous debris, like rusty nails and metal pipes. The Cleveland Metroparks is waiting for approval from the Army Corps of Engineers to remove the rubbish and bring in fresh sand.

Residents were angry with the decision since they could no longer swim at the only east-side beach.

On Friday, the Metroparks released these guidelines:

•The public is permitted to walk in the lake along the water’s edge up to the height of their ankle, to splash into the water with their hands and feet, and to use the water for sandcastle building.
•The public can launch kayaks, stand up paddleboards and canoes at the boat launch at Wildwood boat ramp and can fish at the fishing pier at Villa Angela.
•Visitors are asked to avoid full body contact with water.
•Beach Safety Patrol, Rangers and park staff will engage in conversations to inform the public about the no swimming or body contact with water policy. Additionally, information will be distributed at Euclid Beach Live on Friday evenings at Euclid Beach Park.
•Citations will be issued, if and only if, after multiple requests for compliance and understanding, the individual fails to comply with direction given by a park employee or Ranger about their safety.

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