COMMUNITY MEETING - CHEERS CONCEPT PLAN!
Please register below and plan to attend an online meeting Thursday, April 22nd at 7 PM.
We’ll be reviewing what we’ve heard over the past year from the community and stakeholders and sharing a draft concept plan for additional input.
The Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Study (CHEERS) outlines a plan for additional parkland and habitat along Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline in proximity to the St. Clair-Superior and Glenville neighborhoods. The partners are wrapping up the initial concept plan and hope to move towards final design as grants and other funding become available.
CHEERS illustrates the importance of investing in coastal resilience measures in an urban area to provide the greatest impact for human community resilience. The project will demonstrate beneficial use of dredge material to build habitat and expand parks, protect the critical infrastructure of Interstate 90 along the shore, ameliorate previous industrial uses and unjust development practices, and stabilize the unpredictable wave action adjacent to key recreation and transportation facilities.
JOIN US ON SITE FOR WALKSHOPS APRIL 24, 25, AND 26
Walkshops meet at a designated time and place to walk the existing parks as a small, socially distanced group. Participants will share ideas, react to the initial concept plan, and help develop priorities for short term actions and longer-term projects. Thank you to Famicos and St. Clair Superior Development Corp. for helping host these events! Registration and more information: CHEERS Walkshops | Cleveland Metroparks
We are creating a community-focused resiliency plan for the eastern Cleveland lakeshore that will Embrace the Lake as an asset for future generations. The year-long study will focus on leveraging nature-based solutions to improve the environment, reconnect communities to the lake, enhance public health and wellness, bolster the economy, and improve aquatic and terrestrial habitats. We will be working with partners, stakeholders, and the community to identify priorities and interventions to improve resilience in the study area and adjoining neighborhoods. Preliminary technical design will explore project feasibility and advance select project components towards implementation.
Cleveland’s Lake Erie waterfront was initially developed with a focus on industry and transportation. Modern efforts to better utilize the lakefront as a community asset began in earnest with the City of Cleveland’s 2004 Waterfront District Plan. The plan, among other laudable goals, established the framework of increased connections to the lakefront, such as the realized Lakefront West project, and advocated for stewardship of publicly held lands, which has also been advanced with the 2013 acquisition by Cleveland Metroparks of lakefront parks.
The CHEERS effort will build upon previous goals and community momentum established in past plans. The team of WRT
, KS Associates
, and Great Ecology
were selected as the most qualified consultant to lead CHEERS. 12 teams of excellent local and national consultants responded to the Request for Qualifications.
Cuyahoga County Planning is also studying the Lake Erie waterfront. The Cuyahoga County Lakefront Public Access Plan covers the entire 30-mile Lake Erie shoreline within Cuyahoga county. This effort will coordinate with local communities and regional entities to determine opportunities to improve transportation networks and increase public access to Lake Erie. More information can be found here
What are your ideas for the CHEERS project area?