New year, new ideas!
Help us embrace the lake & focus new investment along the Eastern Lakefront.
Thank you for joining us today! We're excited to share with you some community-driven goals and potential projects for CHEERS.
Help us develop a plan that improves access, connects communities to the lakefront, and preserves the long-term health of Lake Erie.
We've developed a series of goals and strategies that dial up different types of experiences on the site. We neeed YOU to help determine which projects should be included in the final plan. Your input is crucial to developing a vision for the future of the lakefront.
Here's how you can get involved!
1 - Take the survey - Watch some short videos and pick your top projects and goals!
- Touch the Water
- Play at the Shore
- Connect with Nature
2 - Explore the map - Spend some time exploring the ideas and pick your favorite projects and goals.
3 - Join our virtual town hall - Join us for a live Zoom town hall on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m.
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?