Lake Link Trail
About the Work
The Lake Link Trail and Greenway is a 1.3-mile abandoned railroad right-of-way in Cleveland’s Flats neighborhood that is being transformed into a multi-modal trail and natural stormwater management system. The trail will connect with the Towpath at the southern end of Scranton Peninsula and traverse through the west bank of the Flats, eventually landing in Wendy Park on Lake Erie.
Conger Moss Guillard
How It Started
Through a $1.3 million Clean Ohio Green Space grant the property necessary to construct the trail was secured. The Lake Link Trail and Greenway will have an immense social, ecological, and economic impact to the Flats and surrounding neighborhoods through creating a vibrant public greenspace that also diverts stormwater from the local combined sewer overflow.
Over the last several years, the K&D Group, developers of Stonebridge and the West Bank of the Flats have created more than 500 apartments, condominiums and 100,000 sq. ft. of office and commercial space.
The Lake Link Trail & Greenway is a key component of the Stonebridge expanded vision and bisects the development creating a vital link from the Towpath Trail to Lake Erie. The creative reuse of the abandoned railway bed creates a compelling destination in itself for residents and visitors alike. The recent addition of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium in the district is adding more reasons to visit.
More than 2,000 residents of CMHA housing will benefit fron direct access to new greenspace and parks.
This project, encompassing ecological design, greenspace access, and community development will demonstrate ecological restoration and sustainability principles in the heart of an industrial urban setting.