Transformation Planned for Edgewater Park

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CLEVELAND -- After years of complaints and beach goers simply staying away, a major summer spruce up is now under way at Cleveland's Edgewater Park.

Landscapers and trash removal crews have been working around the clock.

For long-time residents, Cleveland's largest lakefront property is nothing like it used to be.

"Dirty diapers up on the shore and a lot more dead fish and needles, syringes and garbage and it was just nasty, dirty," said Pamela Silberhorn of Garfield Heights, who used to work at the Edgewater concession stand.

Denise Conway of Parma hasn't been here with her family in years.

"I haven't been here in probably three or four years because it was just nasty; it was awful, just garbage everywhere, " said Conway.

But now, a major transformation. Formerly controlled by the state up until two weeks ago, management of Edgewater and five other lakefront properties has now been turned over to the Cleveland Metroparks, an organization with a reputation of maintaining the upkeep of area parks.

"Cleanliness, obviously, a huge component to any park and it's something that Cleveland Metroparks prides itself on and if you go to any other of our parks, cleanliness is at a high level and that's something we hope to bring to the lakefront, " said Metoparks Chief Operating Officer Joe Roszak.

The cost of sprucing up the area is about $14 million, with rangers helping to keep the area clean and safe. But Metroparks said this is still a work in progress.

"We're about two weeks in and we're still learning and enjoying these properties and we look forward to making many, many changes that are really going to be improvements for the people of Cleveland to enjoy," said Roszak.

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