In summer 2020, students from Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School teamed up with PHASTAR, North Coast Harbor and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to install new safety signs and life buoy rings at the East 9th Street Pier at Voinovich Park. The students recognized a need for better safety equipment and instruction in how to use it, put together a plan, presented the plan to stakeholders, and modified their plan according to feedback before implementing it.

The “before” pictures show tangled, messy ropes and stations in general disarray, which is not conducive to fast and efficient response and use of safety equipment in the event of an emergency.

The new stations are now numbered for area identification in case of an emergency, and include an 18″x12″ instructional sign on how to use the emergency water rescue equipment. Stations 1-6 area considered “commercial” and include 200-ft of rope line. The remainder of the stations are non-commercial and include 100-feet of line in a throw bag.  The signs make it easy for anyone to quickly learn how to use the equipment.

The replacement and upgrade of the existing lifebuoy ring stations and near doubling of the total number of stations has enhanced the safety of the popular waterfront park.  During the Ohio boating season, Argonaut’s Marine Safety vessel regularly surveys the stations from the water and docks to conduct inspections from land. Any issues that arise are immediately addressed.