This past fall, the environment lost a true friend, Ed Hauser of Maple Heights, Ohio. Ed founded the Friends of Whiskey Island in 1999 with the intention of protecting this last remaining natural piece of shoreline in Cleveland for recreational use.
After years of hard work and persistence, in 2004 Cuyahoga County purchased the property to create a park. A record 7,000 people turned out for the 2006 Burning River Festival held at Whiskey Island— which Ed referred to as “The proudest day of my life.”
His friend Peter Griesinger shared, “(Ed) will live on in our hearts and deeds, inspiring us to continue to work for his vision of justice, transparency, and public access. It was his unfailingly, laser sharp dedication to fairness and common sense that made him so successful.” We will miss Ed and his great efforts that helped create the park on Whiskey Island.
Note: Freshwater Future published a story about the Whiskey Island success as part of our Great Lakes Restoration: One Community at a Time toolkit. Members may see the online version of the toolkit at www.freshwaterfuture.org or contact us to purchase a toolkit.
“I speak in a gentle voice, with facts.”