Cleveland Foundation Centennial 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 industrial river valley 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.
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. Today more than 2,000 residents of CMHA’s public housing live within sight of the riverfront and lakefront but have no way to access these natural areas in the city. When complete these residents and the many neighborhoods that touch the Cuyahoga River Valley will benefit from direct access to new greenspace and parks.
Other recent investments in the district include more than 500 new residential units and 100,000 sq. ft. of office and commercial space, on-going construction of the Flats East Bank, and Metroparks recent takeover of the Lakefront Park System. 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.
Thanks in large part to a $5 million gift from The Cleveland Foundation and $2 million gift from the George Gund Foundation, completion of the trail is nearing realization. The first phase of construction, from Scranton Road to Rivergate Park, is being led by the Cleveland Metroparks and will begin in Fall 2014 with completion scheduled for the Spring of 2015.
Conger Moss Guillard
Trust for Public Land
Wendy Park Foundation
The Lake Link trail will now be known as the The Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail In dedication of their generous support.
To read the full story on the Cleveland Foundation's gift of $5 million dollars :
Lake Link Trail