Lake Metroparks to add observation tower thanks to $100,000 grant from Cleveland Foundation

Newest park, Lake Erie Bluffs, will feature tower

PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Lake Metroparks will add an observation tower to its newest park - Lake Erie Bluffs in Perry Township - thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation.

The proposed observation tower will stand 50 feet tall and overlook the lakeshore, according to a news release from Lake Metroparks. Multiple viewing platforms will be stationed at different heights along the staircase, but the top deck will provide a 360-degree view. Visitors will also be able to see the surrounding woods, fields and wetlands, along with wildlife, including bald eagles and migrating birds.

"Thanks to the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation, the addition of this 50-foot coastal observation tower will serve as a cornerstone of this amazing 600-acre Lake Erie Bluffs Park," said Paul Palagyi, executive director of Lake Metroparks, in a written news release. "This tower will give visitors an impressive panoramic view of Lake Erie, the shoreline and the landscape of central Lake County."

Construction is scheduled to start next spring. The project is expected to cost approximately $200,000 to $250,000.

Lake Erie Bluffs consists of almost two miles of undeveloped land along Lake Erie. Visitors can access the park from either Lane or Clark Road.

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