Berea Rotary donates picnic tables to Lake Coe: Community Voices

BEREA, Ohio — Three new steel picnic tables have been installed at Coe Lake Park, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Berea.

One of the tables can accommodate a wheelchair. The tables are on concrete slabs next to the John Mucklo playground and in front of the outdoor municipal swimming pool.

The tables are attached to the runners but can be moved, if necessary, for community events and festivals, said Ryan Theberge, assistant director of services for the city.

The tables are made in the USA with American steel. They correspond to the pool tables.

The project was made possible by a $6,000 grant from Rotary, including $3,000 from Rotary District 6630, which covers all of northeast Ohio, and matching funds from the Rotary Foundation of Berea .

“Rotary grants are available for international and local projects,” said Berea Rotary President Linda Kramer. “We wanted to do something to improve our community.”

Director of Public Works Tony Armagno said that although the playground is suitable for children of all abilities, there were no tables or benches nearby for children or other family members who use wheelchairs.

“People have spread blankets on the grass for picnics,” he said, “but it’s not practical for a disabled person.”

Mayor Cyril Kleem called the picnic table project “a nice addition to Lake Coe. We are very grateful for Rotary’s continued contributions to the community.