Cleveland, Ohio 44102
Wendy Park, Whiskey Island webpage
Wendy Park at Whiskey Island (Coastal Access) webpage
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From Ohio Ornithological Society website
About Wendy Park and Whiskey Island
Wendy Park only covers 25 acres, and much of it is mowed grass lawn. But there are plenty of thickets and stands of cottonwood trees, which can be bursting at the seams with songbirds during peak migratory periods.
From Wendy Park (Whiskey Island) website
The 25.4-acre Wendy Park, at the eastern terminus Ed Hauser Way (formerly Whiskey Island Drive), provides access to both Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. The park’s access road is reached via the Edgewater Park freeway ramp off Cleveland Memorial Shoreway (US-6, US-20, and OH-2).
Traveling the length of Ed Hauser Way provides a glimpse of Cleveland’s industrial heritage as it parallels networks of railroad tracks and passes piles of iron pellets and salt, a marina, and a water treatment plant.
Whiskey Island was named after a distillery that was built on the land in the 1830s. The “island” is actually now a peninsula, but when the Cuyahoga River mouth was relocated to its current location in 1827 to straighten the shipping channel, the land was surrounded by water. The old river mouth was filled in the 1920s, and the “island” was no more. In 2004, Cuyahoga County purchased the land that includes the park and Whiskey Island Marina.
The county’s purchase of Wendy Park was spurred by the Friends of Whiskey Island, led by the late, citizen-activist Ed Hauser for whom the access road was dedicated in 2009. The park features sand volleyball courts, a picnic area, trails and fishing access. The park’s Cuyahoga River access includes a 1,440-foot paved pier connecting to the historic Coast Guard station. Wendy Park also affords scenic views of downtown Cleveland.
From Wendy Park at Whiskey Island (Coastal Access) webpage