Saturday, May 13, 2017

Red Line Greenway (5/13/2017)

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Today the Cleveland chapter of the Miami University Alumni Association sent volunteers to work with The Rotary Club of Cleveland on its project called Red Line Greenway.
Welcome sign
The steps down to the "Greenway"
The RTA W 25 - Ohio City Rapid Station
First, the volunteers were taken on a hay ride to see the extent of the Red Line Greenway.
On the hay ride
Lenny S, the Rotarian who founded the project along with Matt K, in 2009, explained that the present goal is to create a 3-mile elevated linear park alongside the RTA Rapid track right-of-way. It will connect the Michael J Zone Recreation Center greenspace at W 65th St and Lorain Avenue to downtown Cleveland at Superior Ave and W 9th St. The most challenging section will be on the RTA Viaduct, which will require somehow constructing a pedestrian/bike pathway cantilevered to one side of the bridge, since four tracks take up the width of the viaduct for most of its length.
One of the 2016 Inter|Urban murals, by Margaret Kimball
Another mural, this one by Alan Giberson
The third mural, by Ryan Jaenke
A tree growing within a catenary stanchion
We turned around under the Fulton Street bridge,
and passed through a gauntlet of graffiti
At the other end, we were able to go as far as the beginning of the viaduct
The group of Miami U alumni, including Kent
Looking down at the access to Franklin Boulevard,
where we later did most of the weeding and transplanting
Rowing practice on the Cuyahoga River beneath us
The Cleveland skyline
We somehow surrounded a bunny
The Hart Crane Memorial Park, named for
a poet and former Plain Dealer reporter
A Red Line Rapid train
2016 Inter|Urban mural by Pat Perry
A Red Line Greenway regular, Erin climbed
the embankment that was cleared of dead plants
After the volunteer work, relaxing at Hoopples on Columbus Road

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rocky River Reservation (5/7/2017)

Sunday, May 7, 2017
After a week or so of rain, we were happy to see blue skies. Even with temperatures in the 40s, we went to Rocky River Reservation, part of the Cleveland Metroparks, to see spring wildflowers.
Hydrophyllum appendiculatum/Appendaged Waterleaf
seems to pop up after long periods of rain
Camassia scilloides/Wild Hyacinth
There were several very large plots of the wild hyacinth
The rain-swollen Rocky River was running fast,
with Brynne, Gus, and Kent
Mertensia virginica/Virginia Bluebells; the
Rocky River Reservation is known for its bluebells
Misplaced bracket fungi?
Walls in the woods
Cornus florida/Flowering Dogwood
Hydrangea macrophylla sp/Lacecap Hydrangea
When we were in Z├╝rich, we missed hiking the Planet Trail from Uetliberg. Instead, we did the Solar System Walk in the Rocky River Reservation, where the sun and planets were spaced along the path in proportion to actual distances; one foot equals a million miles!
Starting at the sun, the first few planets were rather close together
Of course, there was the Earth
The farther planets were spaced out over longer distances
Everything is turning green!