Anglers will have a place to clean their catch at Miller Road Park in the near future.
City Council gave Mayor Greg Zilka approval July 2 to accept a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that will be used to install a fish cleaning facility and make other updates in the 14-acre lakefront park.
The city is considering installing a Barracuda fish cleaning station, which is what is at the East 72nd Street Fishing Area in Gordon Park in Cleveland.
The station will have a stainless steel area where more than four anglers can clean their catch. Fish parts are placed in the disposal and are ground into a slurry. The slurry will whisk away to the sanitary sewer that will be processed at the Water Reclamation Plant. The area will be open on all sides.
Ward 2 Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch said the Barracuda station is more sanitary and suited for the area. She spoke with East 72nd Street Fishing Area and said they have had no problems with the system and it exceeds their expectations.
“It is ADA, it has many outlets in it so that those that use electric carving knives can utilize it,” Fenderbosch said. “The power from the washes from the water is more than sufficient.”
Right now, the plans are in the preliminary stages of what will be done to the park for renovations and there is no date when this project will be completed. Recreation Director Tim Pincheck said they are considering adding a concession stand, renovating bathrooms and additional parking for boat launchers.
“This is going to be something that’s going to be able to be utilized by everyone at the park,” Pincheck said.
A fish cleaning station is something that many residents have wanted for years. Ray Frank, commodore of the Avon Lake Boat Club, expressed his concerns over the current state of the park.
“I’ve heard reports of fish remains being disposed of in various ways throughout the community, usually by using the dumpsters at Miller Road or in other public locations,” Frank said. “This is unnecessary and environmentally undesirable…”
Frank said he and the boat club look forward to the new facility, as it will be a better situation for park patrons and fishing activities.
The fish cleaning station will be located behind the existing bathroom facility, which Pincheck said would not obstruct the view from the lakefront.
“This is a no-brainer, and I think that this will receive overwhelming support,” Ward 4 Councilman David Kos said.
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Correction: Story was updated to describe what the machine does.