Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile to be Established as Lakeside Fund Centerpiece

Posted on June 27, 2013

Walks along the Lakefront Path have been a Lakeside tradition for 140 years. This special shoreline path is a place where sunsets are admired, worship takes place, healing begins, a marriage proposal is made, weddings are celebrated, fireworks delight, children share stories and Lakesiders engage in conversation.

The one-mile path contains a few gardens along the way thanks to the hard work of generous   homeowners, but many longer sections only support weeds and invasive vines.

Aging bench seating is found along the entire stretch but does not allow for groups and families to gather easily. The Perry Park playground is dated and needs to be replaced with more functional equipment.

Today, various programs and activities take place along the shoreline including Wednesday Family Picnics, Sunday Family Night in the Park, numerous weddings and concerts at the Steele Memorial Bandstand, as well as recreational activities such as tennis, miniature golf, swimming and sailing. 

The Lakefront Path is special and unique to each Lakesider. Everyone can tell a story about why it is so important and what it means to them.

Through these stories, we understand how it serves to transform the lives of each Lakesider, whether visiting for a day, week or the entire summer.

Obviously, it showcases the most dramatic view of Lake Erie where water, islands, skies and stars collide in a masterpiece of nature.

As part of this year’s Lakeside Fund, Lakeside Chautauqua will enhance the Lakefront Path in an effort to claim and promote the title of being Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile.

The various programs and features that Lakeside already claims, such as the Lakeside Plant Sale, Beautification Awards and Annual Garden Tour, America in Bloom national award and The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, serve as catalysts for this exciting initiative.

This multi-phase project will take place with strong support for the2013 Lakeside Fund.

Lakeside Chautauqua intends to remove toxic weeds and poison ivy that hug the rocks along the shore as we envision a beautiful multi-season perennial garden of native plants stretching along the entire Lakefront Path from Oak Avenue to Poplar Avenue.

We want the gardens to captivate the eye in every season with vibrant colors and visual interest while attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.

Maintenance of the garden spaces will be critical, so irrigation systems will be installed to ensure quality care of the lakefront gardens.   

In Perry Park, a new playground will be installed for the children to play while parents can enjoy the beautiful view of Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile.

The space will welcome multi-generational families as children set out to interact together in this popular location.

For 140 years, the shoreline has also been a place for conversation, which is core to Chautauqua. In the first phase we will small paver “conversation terraces” that will be added along the waterfront where families, groups and couples can gather to enjoy an afternoon or evening discussion.

Individual seating, such as Adirondack chairs, will be added to these terraces. As well, educational discussions and religious studies can take place surround by the beauty of the lake.

Today, we celebrate the intimate face-to-face conversation of Chautauqua. In establishing Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile featuring conversation terraces, beautiful gardens and a new children’s play area in this phase, we will ensure that Lakeside Chautauqua claims Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, which will strengthen our reputation of being one of the most beautiful communities in America, both naturally and spiritually.

2013 Lakeside Fund Presentation: Ohio's Most Beautiful Mile