Memorial to Implement a Light Management Plan for the Upcoming Bird Migration Season

Put in BayPut-in-Bay, Ohio – Beginning May 1, 2022, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will implement a plan to reduce its impact to migratory birds while maintaining the cultural significance of the Monument through its associated nighttime illumination, a fundamental design feature of the site.  “It is important to recognize the competing resource values and preserve the cultural significance of the monument while reducing the risk it poses to birds,” states Park Superintendent Barbara Rowles.  Thanks in part to a Scientists in Park work experience program intern, the park was able to devise a plan to allow for limited illumination of the Monument while also protecting the many migrating birds that move through the area.

The current Light Management Plan calls for the Monument’s lights to be turned off during peak passage times for birds during spring and fall migration. During the month of May and September, the Monument’s lights will be shut off two hours after sunset as the number of birds in the air generally peaks around midnight. The United States Coast Guard navigation lights will always remain on to meet safety regulations.  The Monument will be illuminated on special occasions and anniversaries, including the anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie and Memorial Day. This strategy provides visitors the opportunity to see the Memorial illuminated at night while substantially reducing the risks to migrating birds.

Artificial light poses one of the greatest threats to the billions of birds that migrate each year.  Birds largely migrate at night and artificial light is known to attract and disorient them.  This can cause birds to collide with buildings or miss stopover sites during their migratory journey.  The Great Lakes are considered a large geographical barrier to birds when migrating and the habitat provided by the Lake Erie islands results in high concentrations of migratory birds using these islands as stopover sites.  South Bass Island, the location of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, is no exception.  By turning the lights off two hours after sunset, the park will be assisting the many species of birds that move through the area or stop on the island.  As bird populations are rapidly declining around the world, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is pleased to do its part in helping to conserve wild birds and to help them reach their destinations.


Perry’s Monument Seawall Construction Begins

One year ago the National Park Service approved a project to repair and replace the north and south side concrete seawalls at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Years of wave action, ice loading and geological processes deteriorated and undermined the two seawalls resulting in the creation of sink holes and unsafe conditions. Both seawalls are functionally necessary to protect the cultural resources of the park due to the proximity of Lake Erie and the relatively low elevation of the park.

Heavy-duty construction vehicles and materials are in place to bring the project to fruition.  In addition to power-line modifications completed last year, the placement of fencing poles is the most noticeable environmental change thus far.


Jobs Available at Put-in-Bay National Park Service

Would you like to work at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial this summer?  Click the links to see each full job announcement.

Recreation Fee Clerk

Department: Department of the Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Hiring Organization: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 6 vacancies – Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Salary: $15.10 to $15.10 / PH
Series and Grade: GS-0503-4
Open Period: Monday, January 3, 2022 to Friday, January 7, 2022
Position Information: – Full-time
Who May Apply: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Open to the public

Lead Recreation Fee Technician

Department: Department of the Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Hiring Organization: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 1 vacancy – Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Salary: $18.84 to $18.84 / PH
Series and Grade: GS-0503-6
Open Period: Monday, January 3, 2022 to Friday, January 7, 2022
Position Information: – Full-time
Who May Apply: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Open to the public

Park Ranger (Interpretation)

Department: Department of the Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Hiring Organization: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): 2 vacancies – Put-In-Bay, Ohio
Salary: $16.90 to $20.93 / PH
Series and Grade: GS-0025-5/7
Open Period: Monday, January 3, 2022 to Friday, January 7, 2022
Position Information: – Full-time
Who May Apply: Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Open to the public


National Park Service Awards Construction Contract for Seawall Restoration 

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service awarded a construction contract to ES Wagner Company of Oregon, Ohio for the restoration of the seawalls at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. The total contract value of this work is $24,964,290.

Superintendent Rowles said, “we are excited to reach this milestone and looking forward to working with ES Wagner Company to complete this critical project. We will use the winter months to prepare for the start of work in the spring of 2022 and construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.”

Click to see brilliant new design in detail!

Years of wave action, ice loading and geological processes have deteriorated and undermined the two seawalls resulting in the creation of sink holes and other unsafe conditions. Both seawalls are functionally necessary to protect the cultural resources of the park due to the proximity of Lake Erie and the relatively low elevation of the park. Specifically, the project includes the following:

  • Rehabilitation of 3,340 linear feet of seawalls
    • Partial demolition of the North Seawall – west section; construction of new seawall to raise level of wall up to 12 inches above existing height.
    • Full demolition of the North Seawall – center section; construction of new seawall to raise level of wall typically 12 inches above existing height, with a smooth transition to the 24 inches above existing height of the North Seawall – east section.
    • Realignment of a 128 linear foot curved section of the North Seawall – center section.
    • Partial demolition of the North Seawall – east section construction of new seawall to raise level of wall up to 24 inches above existing height.
    • Partial demolition of the South Seawall; construction of new seawall to raise level of wall typically 18 inches above existing height.
    • Patch repairs of cracked and spalled concrete on the North and South Seawalls.
  • Replacement of rip rap with an 80-foot extension of the South Seawall.
  • Replacement of storm-water systems including construction of two pump stations, drainage pipe, and replacement of existing catch basins to better facilitate water removal.
  • Installation of a sidewalk along the North Seawall.
  • Replacement of the existing sidewalk along the South Seawall.
  • Grading and fill placement to accommodate sidewalks and the new seawall heights.
  • Temporary construction work-spaces.
  • Installation of lighting elements within the North and South Seawall.
  • Installation of interpretive plaza along the North Seawall depicting life size images of the US Brig Lawrence and HMS Detroit.
  • Installation of new benches and trash receptacles at three new seating areas.

Work is underway now by Ohio Edison to temporarily relocate electric service lines ensuring that power is provided to East Point and the Upper Islands throughout the project. Frontier and Spectrum will also be relocating service lines soon.


Perry’s Victory Memorial Column Tours Resume July 22, 2021

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The Memorial column at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 22 at 10am, after an extended closure.  Superintendent Rowles said, “the staff and volunteers are excited to welcome the public back to the Memorial again. One of the best ways to gain a better understanding of the significance of the Battle of Lake Erie and experience the Memorial is to see the spectacular views of Lake Erie from the Observation Deck.”

The Memorial will be open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm.  The last trip to the observation deck is at 5:30pm. Masks are required for everyone inside the Memorial column, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions are for children under 2 years old and those with medical conditions that prevent wearing a mask.

The Memorial closed for tours at the end of the 2019 season and with the emergence of COVID-19 remained closed through 2020. The National Park Service (NPS) operational approach to reopening facilities is centered on examining each facility’s function and service to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. Working closely with the NPS Office of Public Health, the park is using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and work-spaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

Consistent with CDC recommendations, in other areas of the park people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces where 6 foot physical distancing is not possible.

While the cost of the entrance fee to the Memorial has not changed, the method for collecting fees has. Starting this year, to reduce the cost of collection, improve security, and increase the amount of funds available to support critical park projects and visitor needs, the park will only accept credit or debit cards for entrance fees and passes. The entrance fee to the Memorial remains $10 a person which can be used for repeat visits for 7 days. Children 15 and under are admitted free of charge and must be accompanied by an adult.


National Park Service Seeks Comments on Visitor Experience Plan

Nancy Tanner keeps Perry’s Victory beautiful near the empty NPS lot.

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Park) seeks public comments on a draft Visitor Experience Plan (PEPC 77366). This plan considers existing conditions and recommendations in other guiding documents and seeks to better define appropriate visitor experiences in the Peace Garden and around the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Experience Plan defines the design for the empty lot west of the Visitor Center and the street-scape in front of the Visitor Center, extending along the east side of Toledo Avenue from its intersection with Bayview and Delaware Avenues.

This project will enhance visitor experience and way-finding by designing a more formalized Peace Garden to link the town of Put-in-Bay to the park Visitor Center. The Peace Garden will serve as the park’s First Amendment space and create a setting for programs that are more appropriately held off the Memorial grounds. The main elements of the design consist of a central talking circle surrounded by a stone seat wall and native prairie plantings. To welcome visitors is an entrance plaza with park identification sign and a formal walk with rows of street trees along Bayview Avenue that lead directly to the Memorial column. Seat walls provide ample space for people to rest and enjoy the views. Art sculptures will be incorporated into the Peace Garden and engravings in the pavement will include quotes that communicate stories related to peace. Plantings and interpretive signage will be kept low to not obscure views to the Memorial column. Improvements along Toledo Avenue include additional way-finding, plantings that frame views to the Visitor Center and access improvements for pedestrians.

Public comment to support this planning effort is currently open and will be accepted through August 7, 2021. The public can submit comments and find more information about the project at the Park’s website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/pevi. The NPS will also be accepting written comments by mail at:

 

Superintendent Barbara Rowles

Attn: PEVI Visitor Experience Plan
P.O. Box 549
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

The Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/pevi or call (419) 285-2184.


NPS Accepting Proposals for Perry’s Monument Seawall Restoration Project 

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) is soliciting proposals on a full and open basis from all interested businesses having the capability to perform the work described below. The solicitation will be issued electronically on the Government-wide Point of Entry (GPE) website at https://beta.sam.gov/.  Proposal documents will be available for download in Microsoft Word, HTML, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe PDF; Specifications will be available in Adobe PDF format; and drawings will be available in PDF format. Specific instructions on submitting your proposal will be contained in the solicitation documents to be issued on or about April 15, 2021.

Vendors can search for the project solicitation on https://beta.sam.gov/ without registering.  This website has a “watch list” where you can add your company’s interest by registering in beta.sam.gov.  Specific instructions can be found on this website. Registering provides the opportunity to receive notifications; this is a tool of convenience only and does not serve as a guarantee of notification.

For questions about contract solicitation, contact NPS Contracting Officer Bai Perney at bai_perney “at” nps.gov or 303-987-6766.

The work of this project includes the rehabilitation and replacement of the North and South Seawall, approximately 1,900 feet (ft) and 1,500 ft long, upgrades to the storm-water system, and associated site restoration work. Associated restoration includes the relocation of the following utilities: water, electric, and communications. Work identified to be completed on the seawalls includes the demolition and replacement of the North Seawall – Center section, removal of the top section and raising the elevation of all other wall sections, performing repairs on the existing structures to remain and extending the South Seawall – West section along Delaware Avenue. The sidewalk along the South Seawall will be replaced and a sidewalk will be added alongside the North Seawall. Work to the storm-water system includes adding a packaged pump system, additional catch basins and pipes will be installed, flap gates will be added to the outlets on the seawall and the site will be regraded in specific locations to facilitate water flow to the drainage utilities.

Superintendent Rowles said, “We are excited for the contract solicitation to be open for proposals leading to an award and the start of the construction phase of this project later this summer. This is an important step forward to protecting the park and providing access for visitors enjoyment.”


National Park Service Approves Perry’s Victory Seawall Restoration

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service has approved a project that will repair and replace the north and south side concrete seawalls at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (PEVI).  Years of wave action, ice loading and geological processes have deteriorated and undermined the two seawalls resulting in the creation of sink holes and other unsafe conditions. Both seawalls are also functionally necessary to protect the cultural resources of the park due to the proximity of Lake Erie and the relatively low elevation of the park.

“We are grateful for the tremendous community support and involvement in this process, as well as the support from other federal, state, and local agencies in completing this important step. We look forward to the start of this project to restore the north and south seawalls later this spring,” Superintendent Barbara Rowles said.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project examined two alternatives in detail, addressed the environmental impacts of each alternative, and identified a preferred alternative. The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) explains why the selected alternative will have no significant effects on the human environment, and is based on the EA, comments received from the public, interested parties, other federal, state and local agencies, as well as staff during the public review period which concluded December 31, 2020. The FONSI summarizes the public comments received, lists the responses to those comments, and identifies the changes to the text in the EA as a result of comments received.

Together the FONSI, the EA and the response to public comments represent the NPS’s approved action to restore the seawalls and to preserve and protect the site’s properties and cultural resources associated with Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Project documents are available online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=62176.