Bay playground project nearing completion of first phase

Play in Bay is a feather in the cap of all Bay Village residents. After 20 years, the work of many is not forgotten. One cannot pass this structure without remembering how much time and heart went into it.

For those new to Bay, volunteers built the playground in 1995. Bay Village Kiwanis played a major role in financing, building and scheduling. Volunteer Connie Deiken said she learned to use power tools that she never expected to use in her lifetime. Kim Campbell said the work was difficult and despite going home tired, they built a camaraderie among the group that remains today.

The volunteer work continues. Out of this community effort grew the need to manage donations, hence was born The Bay Village Foundation. Thanks to then-Mayor Tom Jelepis, then-Councilmen T. Richard Martin and Wayne Reese and law director Gary Ebert, the fund was established. 

The Bay Village Foundation has announced plans to refurbish the  playground with the help of the community. So far, the community response to the Foundation’s plans has been very positive, and a recent appeal netted over $24,000 of the $90,000 needed to complete the project.

“We are off to a great start," said Bay Village Foundation President Al Paulus, "but we will need to continue our efforts in order to reach our goal. Play in Bay is a wonderful community asset, and this project will help assure that it continues as a blessing for the children of our community for many years to come.”

The first phase of the project should be completed by the end of October. For that, a big thank you goes not only to the 170-plus people who have donated so far, but also to the City as well, for assisting with the installation of the new features, reducing the overall project cost.

Phase I includes an expansion of the current playground toward the tennis courts and the addition of a three-section rock climbing wall, hand-over-hand parallel bars, two chinning bars, a 90-degree tri-rung hand-over-hand ladder, double cargo net wall, balance beam and eight stepping pods. Donors will be given the opportunity to sponsor any one of the new features.

“We are grateful to the Bay Village Foundation in coordinating the project, and for the generosity of the citizens of our community, said recreation director Dan Enovitch. "The city is lucky to have a civic organization that does so much for the community!”

Contributions may be made to: The Bay Village Foundation, P.O. Box 40122, Bay Village, OH 44140; or online at

Eileen Vernon

Trustee of The Bay Village Foundation. Retired lawyer. Resident of Bay Village Foundation for over 32 years.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.20.2015