Port Clinton has a new park. Once again the residents of Port Clinton’s northeast neighborhoods have come together to grab a lemon, squeeze it and make a little lemonade for all to enjoy.
Dave and Cathy Mehl and their helpers have taken a concept and a dilapidated old church building property on Beech Street and are transforming it into a beautiful garden. The First Baptist Church, Port Clinton’s first black church, was torn down last year on the site. It will be known as Beech Street Park. It has been a cooperative effort among several organizations including the Conestoga group, Port Clinton City Council and the Friends of Port Clinton Parks.
In the center of the park will be a circular garden, shaped like a “Conestoga Wagon wheel” with spokes, which will be named after longtime Port Clinton activist, Mosie Nesbitt Johnson. The lot itself is 80 feet by 100 feet. The plan is to lease 4 foot by 8 foot plots within the garden for $25 each so that local residents can save money on food bills by harvesting their own food.
A large numbers of volunteers have been working on the project on weekends for the last several weeks. The project was also adopted by Home Depot in Sandusky. They have and will continue to provide materials and volunteers for the project. The garden itself is planned as an organic community garden for the benefit of all.