Put-in-Bay, Ohio – Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial has opened the draft Cultural Landscape Treatment Plan & Environmental Assessment for public review and comment for 30 days. The Cultural Landscape Treatment Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) will guide future management of the historic memorial landscape and determine impacts from implementing this plan. The cultural landscape treatment plan includes care of historic trees and shrubs, addition or alteration of ramps, sidewalks, or stairs to improve access to the plaza and memorial column, installation of wayside exhibits, locations for future housing and outdoor gathering space, and enhancements to park gateways.
The plan is available at the park administrative offices, the Erie Islands Library, and online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=155&projectID=70006&documentID=86408 . Comments will be accepted from March 23 through April 22. For further information, call 419-285-2184.
The purpose of the proposed project is to: preserve the Memorial and its designed cultural landscape while guiding rehabilitation for enhancing the visitor experience and enjoyment of the landscape through integration of interpretation with the cultural landscape; provide ABAAS accessibility to indoor/outdoor experiences that coincide with the enhanced stewardship of the park’s significant cultural and natural resources; and provide a backdrop within a peaceful setting to promote a stronger understanding of and meaningful relationship to the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 and resultant lessons of international peace.
This cultural landscape treatment plan is an update to the treatment guidelines provided in the cultural landscape report (CLR) for Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (PEVI), completed by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1994.
An update was needed because: 1) the 1994 CLR is over twenty years old and its treatment guidelines are no longer consistent with the park’s goals and objectives; 2) the CLR was completed prior to approval of the current standards for the treatment of cultural landscapes; and 3) the park has accrued features from both planned and ad hoc decisions during the twentieth century, and guidance is needed regarding on intentional preservation or rehabilitation of the designed landscape.