The trustees of the Foundation voted to refurbish the Play in Bay Playground in Cahoon Memorial Park and to add a feature that represents a gift to the city children and to the future. Twenty years ago, Bay Village city council set up a private fund to help two groups of volunteers that were raising funds for Play in Bay playground and the expansion of the Bay Way Cabin. Council President, T. Richard Martin suggested that a separate fund be set up to act as a private account for the in-coming funds during the drives. The new fund was called, The Future of Bay. After both groups were successful, then Mayor, Tom Jelepis, Law Director, Gary Ebert and councilman Wayne Reese decided to apply for non-profit status and to keep the fund as The Village Foundation, now The Bay Village Foundation.
Now in its twentieth year, The Bay Village Foundation voted to approve two major projects. Trustees voted to make a twentieth anniversary gift to the families of Bay Village by adding a new feature to Play in Bay in the Fall of 2015. After review several ideas for a gift to the community, The Foundation chose the Meyer Design Corporation plan to keep the current structure, add a feature and update the playground. The Bay Village Foundation chose Meyer Design to perform the work on the project. An expenditure of $19,435 was approved to buy and install some new features as a gift at Play in Bay. The new feature calls to expand the area south to the tennis courts and add a 3 section rock climbing wall, hand over hand parallel bars, two chinning bars, 90 degree tri-rung hand over hand ladder, double cargo net wall, balance beam and 8 stepping pods. The Foundation chose the Meyer Design Corporation to perform the work on the project.
The Bay Village Foundation has also committed its members to finance the refurbishment of Play in Bay through fundraising. After discussion the idea with the city recreation department head, Dan Enovitch. We asked him to contact several approved vendors for design and estimated cost.
We then met with Mayor Sutherland to rewiew the plan and to seek her approval and go-ahead. The Trustees agreed to raise approximately $90,000 over the next several years to update and renew the twenty-year-old Play in Bay recreation area. Meyer Design will The put together a narrative and picture board to display at Bay Days. Foundation members will be present to discuss the project.
The Bay Village Foundation 2014 Annual Report
The Bay Village Foundation is getting ready to celebrate twenty years of public service to the community of Bay Village and is changing its name in the process, from The Village Foundation to the Bay Village Foundation. The Board of Trustees of the foundation voted to modify its name to broaden the recognition that the foundation is THE Bay Village foundation. This is the second name change for the group that T. Richard Martin founded in 1995 as Play In Bay. Its purpose was to have one community fund to be used for contributions for volunteer projects. The name was changed to The Village Foundation in 1997 at which time it also became a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation . Charter members donated the start up funds.
The annual Bay Village Foundation Heritage 5K run/ 1 mile walk begins on Saturday, October 17 at Cahoon Memorial Park at 9:00 a.m.The first 200 participants receive a cool, dry-tech, t-shirt. The committee is looking for sponsors whose names are displayed on the back of the shirt. Funds collected from fees and sponsorships support private non sectarian community projects. See address below.
The event is chaired by Trustees, Tim Atkinson and Steve Lee. Board members are available at 7:30 a.m. to register walkers and runners and to distribute packets and some of the best goodie bags in Northeast Ohio. More than 300 walkers and runners registered Last year. Participants said that the shirt alone was worth more than the entry fee. The race is under the auspices of Hermes of Cleveland. Go on line to register @ www.HermesCleveland.com.
This is a story about a foundation that comes to the rescue says Board member Jon Loufman. The story begins in 1995 when a group of civic minded volunteers established a fund to help the city build a playground. The project was called, Play in Bay. The playground was completed by the cooperative efforts of non-profit organizations that came together to see the project through to completion. Seeing this collaborative effort succeed, a small group decided to see what they could do to develop a community fund that would be there when another project like Play in Bay emerged. Under the leadership of T. Richard (Dick) Martin, they began to think about creating one organization to which all the others could look for financial help. So they set about making their dream a reality. It took several years and many volunteer hours but they did it. That fund is now called The Village Foundation. (Hereafter The Foundation).