— Brian M Zimmerman (@CEO_CleMetParks) March 12, 2016
— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) March 21, 2016
The final design of the Cleveland Metroparks’ Canal Basin Park Initial Greening Project has been approved by the Cleveland City Planning Commission.
Canal Basin Park Initial Greening Improvement Project, project summary-
“Canal Basin Park will celebrate the heritage of Cleveland, the significance of the Ohio and Erie Canal, and will be a focal point and destination along the Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The park represents the northern terminus of the 101‐mile Towpath Trail. Most of the site was previously developed and currently includes buildings, parking lots, and vacant land.
Cleveland Metroparks proposes to make improvements to a small portion of the future park site. The subject property to be improved is currently owned by the City of Cleveland and is bounded by the RTA Red Line viaduct, Center Street, Merwin Avenue, and West Avenue. Metroparks proposes to “green” the area by providing passive areas and trail connections in an area that is currently occupied by pavement, old floor slabs, gravel, and other remnants of past uses.
The trail connection will cross the new green space and will link Heritage Park with the existing sidewalks and bike lanes along Columbus Road, improving connectivity. Trees, benches, bike racks, future signage and lighting will help enhance the site’s appearance and encourage people to use the newly‐greened space.
The proposed effort can demonstrate the value of a new park, improve local conditions, and encourage the momentum currently taking place along the downtown riverfront. Cleveland Metroparks will oversee construction activities and provide maintenance for the site. Management and maintenance details will be outlined in a forthcoming Property Adoption Agreement with the City of Cleveland. As plans for the overall Canal Basin Park move forward, this area can be incorporated and further enhanced.
Cleveland Metroparks has established a budget of $290,000 for the subject improvements. The project is funded through the TIF Funds generated from Steelyard Commons. Cleveland Metroparks intends to complete the project by summer 2016.”