Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga and Dayton-area community leaders and residents today kicked-off major projects contributing to the ongoing restoration at West Dayton’s Lakeside Lake.
Efforts to restore the area have been greatly bolstered by the Ohio AFL-CIO and Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, who recently selected Lakeside Lake for their annual conservation project. Union members donate labor and materials to the projects they support.
“Dayton residents have many fond memories of Lakeside Lake and, with big help from the Ohio AFL-CIO and Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, we’re bringing it back to life again,” said Mayor Whaley. “This important project is greatly contributing to West Dayton’s revitalization so we can continue to attract new businesses and jobs to the region.”
The labor organizations and community members have already completed the first phase of the project by holding four clean-ups to clear invasive honeysuckle and trash along the water’s edge. Today kicks-off the second phase of the project to add a fishing pier, parking lot, iron benches and better pathways and signage to the Lake area.
Lakeside Lake is near the Dayton VA Medical Center and was once a major attraction in the area as part of Lakeside Amusement Park, which was open from 1890 to the mid-1960’s.