Come See The Swale Garden At Euclid Beach State Park!

The group poses for a quick photo and then heads back to work on the swale garden! Over 300 plants were planted in one day!

Thanks to a Small Scale Storm Water Demonstration Grant from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), volunteers from the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team planted Ohio native plants in two grass swales along the front entrnace to Euclid Beach State Park.  The demonstration project is part of a $50,000.00 small grant initiative by the NEORSD to help raise awareness about storm water management issues in our region. More information about the NEORSD demonstration grant program can be found at: 

A swale garden works by absorbing water through extensive root systems laid down by water tolerant plants.  Water stays in the soil and out of the storm sewers and Lake Erie, reducing runoff, flooding and improving water quality.  The plants, all Ohio natives courtesy of Great Lakes Natives Plant Nursery will take root over the winter and blossom next spring and summer.  With New England Aster, Purple Cone Flower, Orange Cone Flower and many more, it is sure to be a colorful summer at the park! So next time you are driving along Lakeshore Blvd. admiring the new Collinwood Recreation Center, look across the street at the entrance to Euclid Beach State Park!  While it does not look like much more than some mulch and sprouting plants today, it is actually a storm water management project in progress! 

For more information about the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach team, future volunteer events and pictures of the swale garden, search The Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach Team on Facebook or email

Please consider joining us for our next beach cleanup on Saturday October 15th from 10am-12pm at Euclid Beach State Park.  Volunteers will be provided with gloves, rakes, trash bags. Refreshements will be provided courtesy of Cafe Arts Collinwood, Chilli Peppers and Giorgio's Pizza. 

Stephen Love

I am team leader of the Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach program. Each month our team conducts cleanups and water tests at Euclid Beach State Park. I am currently a graduate student at CSU pursuing a Masters of Public Administration.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 PM, 10.05.2011