Park Releases Finding of No Significant Impact for Cultural Landscape Treatment Plan

Perry's Victory Landscape Treatment PlanPut-in-Bay, Ohio – In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Park Service (NPS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the purpose of satisfying the compliance requirements for the implementation of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Cultural Resource Treatment Plan (CLTP). The EA documents results of the potential environmental impacts associated with the implementation of the CLTP treatment recommendations.

As stated in the final CLTP/EA, the proposed action would implement the recommendations, provide a vision and clear direction for the protection of the park’s cultural resources, and preserve the overall historic character of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Proposed changes will provide for Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards (ABAAS) to indoor/outdoor experiences and provide a richer and more complete visitor experience. The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) describes the alternative the NPS has selected for implementation, provides rationale for its selection, and explains why it will not result in significant impacts.

The FONSI has been made available on the Planning, Environment, & Public Comment (PEPC) website at  https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=83119 or via email request at barbara_fearon “at” nps.gov. The final CLTP and Selected Alternative drawing will be available after November 30.

Superintendent Fearon said, “developing this plan took time and effort but was exciting as we were answering some important questions about preserving features of the park while improving access and the visitor experience. We are grateful to the many people who contributed to this plan through open houses and written comments.”


Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Requests Input on Accessibility Plan

Perry MonumentPut-in-Bay, Ohio – Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial seeks your input on its Park Accessibility Management Plan.  The Memorial prepared the plan to guide how the park can become universally accessible for park visitors and employees. Preparation of a plan for transitioning to full accessibility is mandated by regulations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as they apply to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The purpose of a transition plan is to address the required physical, structural, and programmatic changes needed to make facilities, programs, services, and activities accessible to and usable by disabled people. The transition plan addresses physical and structural changes needed. An action plan addresses the programmatic changes (modification of policies, auxiliary aids, etc.) as not all existing facilities must be adapted physically.

The document will guide Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial staff in making improvements to accommodate the public in accordance with all federal accessibility requirements for both programmatic and physical access. Recommendations presented in the Accessibility Plan are consistent with ongoing plans to rehabilitate the lower and upper plazas and repair the Memorial and seawalls.

The plan is available for you to read and provide comments on at the following web address https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=160&projectID=83119&documentID=90614.  Perry’s Victory  welcomes your input through October 8, 2018.


International Day of Peace Honored by Perry’s Victory

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International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.   Perry’s Victory recognizes this event with a special program from 2pm to 3:30pm this afternoon; it will include students from Put-in-Bay School.


Senator Portman Visits Perry’s Victory, Sees Backlog of Long-Delayed Maintenance Needs Firsthand

Senator Rob PortmanPUT-IN-BAY, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited and toured Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on Saturday, 18 August 2018.  He saw firsthand the backlog of $47.7 million in long-delayed maintenance needs at the site, such as building renovations and infrastructure improvements to the marina and waterfront.

Recently, Senator Portman introduced the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation that would help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS). The bill, which has been praised by key stakeholders, would establish the “National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund” from existing unobligated revenues the government receives from on and offshore energy development to fund deferred maintenance projects at NPS sites across the country.  Notably, the measure would help tackle the more than $100 million maintenance backlog at Ohio’s eight national park sites including the $47.7 million in unmet maintenance needs at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.

“Today I visited an important Ohio landmark, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, and was able to see firsthand the unmet maintenance needs that need urgent attention.  This includes cracking in the concrete on seawall that can cause erosion and small sinkholes on the island, redoing the back porch of the visitors center to make it ADA accessible, and fixing cracking in the concrete beneath the upper plaza.” said Portman. “Whether biking, fishing, kayaking, or hiking with my family, I’m proud to be one of the 2.7 million visitors to Ohio’s national parks annually. I’m committed to protecting our parks and that’s why I recently introduced the bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act to help address the nearly $12 billion backlog of long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service.  This includes more than $100 million in deferred maintenance at Ohio’s eight national parks. These parks are national treasures and we must do our part to ensure that these parks can be enjoyed for many generations to come.”

Portman, a lifelong outdoorsman and a frequent visitor to Ohio’s national parks, has long been a leader in the U.S. Senate in efforts to protect our national parks. He is the author of the National Park Service Centennial Act, legislation signed into law in 2016 that authorizes the National Park Centennial Challenge Fund and the Second Century Endowment Fund, two public-private partnerships that are providing additional funding to help preserve our national parks for generations to come.  Last year, Portman received the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Champion Award for his work on the National Park Service Centennial Act. He has previously received the 2012 NPCA Centennial Award, the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Centennial Leader Award.


Portman to Visit Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial and Host Lake Erie Roundtable

Perry's VictorySenator Portman Put in BayU.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) will visit and tour Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on Saturday, August 18, 2018 to see first-hand the backlog of long-delayed maintenance needs at the site.  Following the Memorial visit, Portman will host a Lake Erie Roundtable in Oak Harbor to discuss harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and other threats to Lake Erie.

Event #1

Recently, Senator Portman introduced the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation that would help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service (NPS). The bill, which has been praised by key stakeholders, would establish the “National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund” from existing unobligated revenues the government receives from on and offshore energy development to fund deferred maintenance projects at NPS sites across the country.  Notably, the measure would help tackle the more than $100 million maintenance backlog at Ohio’s eight national park sites.  Specifically, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial has $47.7 million in unmet maintenance needs such as building renovations, road, and infrastructure improvements.

WHAT:           Portman to Visit and Tour Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

WHO:             U.S. Senator Rob Portman

WHEN:          Saturday, July 18

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Open Press Visit and Tour

WHERE:       Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

 

Event #2

Following the Put-In-Bay visit, Portman will host a Lake Erie Roundtable in Oak Harbor to discuss ways to protect Lake Erie from threats such as harmful algal blooms (HABs) and invasive species.  As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Portman has successfully led the Ohio congressional delegation in protecting funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) from cuts in both the Obama and Trump administrations. He has also fought to pass his Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act (HABHRCA) in the Senate, which is being used to fund HAB research, monitoring, and forecasting.  In addition to these efforts, Portman has also worked to ensure that invasive species, such as Asian carp, do not disrupt the lake’s ecosystem, improve water quality by preventing plastic microbeads from being discharged into the lake,  , and protect the fish and wildlife that depend on the Great Lakes.

WHAT:           Portman to Host Lake Erie Roundtable

WHO:             U.S. Senator Rob Portman

WHEN:          Saturday, July 18

12:15PM—1:15PM: Open Press Roundtable

WHERE:       Green Cove Condominiums Pavilion

Across the street from:  6536 Harris Harbor Drive, Oak Harbor, OH 43449

 For more information, please contact Senator Portman’s press office at (202) 224-5190 or portman_press “at” portman.senate.gov.


Make Time for Perry’s Victory

Perry's Victory Put in BayPerry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial honors those who fought and died in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and celebrates the enduring peace between the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.

Perry''s Victory Put in BayThe Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie, is 5 miles from the longest unarmed border in the world. It has an open-air Observation Deck 317 feet tall, offering spectacular views of the Lake Erie Islands and Canada. For more information about Perry’s Victory visit www.nps.gov/pevi

Photos by Donna Steinbach / click to enlarge

Perry''s Victory Put in BayPerry''s Victory Put in Bay