Play in Bay Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony

Bay Village’s venerable ‘Play in Bay’ playground for children celebrated a Groundbreaking Ceremony this morning, kicking off improvements to the Bay Village landmark located behind City Hall along Dover Center Road.

The Bay Village Foundation and the City of Bay Village noted that the groundbreaking event caps a year-long community fundraising effort to raise $100,000.

Bay Village Foundation Trustee Mindy Stroh, former Mayor Tom Jelepis, Play in Bay founding father Jim Potter, Interim Mayor Gary Ebert, Bay Village Foundation President Al Paulus, City Council President Paul Koomar, Bay Village Foundation Past President Eileen Vernon and Bay Village Foundation Executive Committee member Wayne Reese.

Bay Village Foundation Trustee Mindy Stroh, former Mayor Tom Jelepis, Play in Bay founding father Jim Potter, Interim Mayor Gary Ebert, Bay Village Foundation President Al Paulus, City Council President Paul Koomar, Bay Village Foundation Past President Eileen Vernon and Bay Village Foundation Executive Committee member Wayne Reese.

The funds will be used to upgrade the wooden structure and to add equipment to the playground that was built with community fundraising twenty years ago.

“I can just imagine that Dick and Betsy Martin are looking down and smiling right now,” said Mayor Ebert at the groundbreaking. Longtime Bay Village City Council President T. Richard Martin and Betsy Martin were instrumental in founding the Bay Village Foundation.

The Bay Village Foundation exists to provide support for projects and programs fostering Bay Village’s historical, cultural, social, and educational heritage. Through The Bay Village Foundation, its citizens and businesses are encouraged to perpetuate the traditions that make Bay Village a special place to live and work.

The story began 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.

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 Bay Village Foundation.

To learn more about The Bay Village Foundation, please visit:  Thebayvillagefoundation.org

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