Cleveland Metroparks 2020: The Emerald Necklace Centennial Plan
The Strategic Plan, completed in 2012, provides direction and guidance for Cleveland Metroparks. In 2015, the organization updated the document to focus on five strategic goals for the coming years:
- PROTECTION: Implement natural resource and green infrastructure practices to create and manage urban park spaces more resilient to ecological change and disturbance as part of the surrounding and regional community.
- RELEVANCY: Strengthen the relevancy of the Emerald Necklace and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as the park system enters its second century. Affirm the Park District’s role and identity in response to changes in demographics and economics and continue to emphasize conservation education. Support the resurgence of the city of Cleveland and the inner ring suburbs.
- CONNECTIONS: Advance connections and trail systems that complete the Emerald Necklace and, in partnership with other agencies and communities, connect with local, state and regional trail networks, communities and places of interest.
- COME OUT AND PLAY: Expand and strengthen outdoor experiences and recreation opportunities consistent with the organization’s mission, and keep pace with market trends to contribute to the region’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and play.
- ORGANIZATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY: Continue sustainable business practices to support Cleveland Metroparks capital, operations and maintenance needs over the next ten-year levy cycle and beyond.
Each of Cleveland Metroparks 18 reservations has unique characteristics. Reservation Plans have been developed for each park. These plans provide a key working tool for management of elements including natural and cultural resources, facilities, trails, and long-term infrastructure needs.
The planning documents are updated on a regular basis. The update process involves staff from Strategic Initiatives, Park Operations, Natural Resources, Outdoor Experiences, Planning and Engineering, Marketing and other areas of expertise. Steps of the update process include evaluation and analysis, conceptual design, preliminary budgets, and final recommendations. Public input will be sought at several times for each plan.
The following schedule has been established for updates to the reservation plans:
- 2015: Acacia, Euclid Creek, North Chagrin, South Chagrin
- 2016: Bedford, Brecksville, Hinckley, West Creek
- 2017: Big Creek, Brookside, Garfield, Ohio & Erie Canal, Washington
- 2018: Mill Stream, Rocky River
- 2019: Bradley Woods, Huntington, and Lakefront
Visit the Reservation Plan Update page for information on public meetings and a comment form.