Quite possibly a sign of bigger and better things to come for the City and Port of Toledo was in the dedication Saturday of the new Waterfront Park and Pavilion immediately south of the train museum. The ribbon cutting duties were performed by the Toledo Summer Festival Junior Court, all in their pink shirts, each grasping a pair of scissors.
The new facility is seen by many as a major attraction for visitors and potentially providing further attractions that will contribute to tourism and for new businesses that may want to take advantage of future additions, especially toward the west, that someday might involve light industrial uses along with retail and possibly restaurants.
A number of officials, including Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher, Port Manager Bud Shoemake, and Port Commissioner Rick Graff spoke of their support and praise for the project which was funded largely with outside state and federal funds, although the Port of Toledo and City of Toledo also contributed.
The new transient docks are free to use during the day for those who just want to “tie up” for a short time to enjoy Toledo’s waterfront and downtown. The pavilion sports a small kitchen for simple food prep for those renting the facility for small gatherings. The pavilion is also wired and lighted for live bands, quartets and small orchestras to hold musical events. High quality permanent rest rooms were also built just east of the pavilion.
Immediately west of the pavilion is over two acres of raw land that is expected someday, as mentioned above, to be home to light industrial businesses, possibly a restaurant as well as tourist-retail shopping.
The new Waterfront Park, Pavilion and Transient Docks are seen by many as a stepping stone to other improvements around the downtown, including the town’s industrial and what might be termed “underutilized properties” along and near the town’s waterfront.