Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail
About the Work
The Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail is a 1.3-mile abandoned railroad right-of-way in Cleveland’s industrial river valley Flats neighborhood has been transformed into a multi-modal trail and natural storm water management system. The trail connects with the Towpath trail at the southern end of Scranton Peninsula and traverses through the west bank of the Flats, eventually landing in Wendy Park on Lake Erie.
The first phase of the trail (from Tremont to Merwin's Wharf) opened in Spring 2015. And phase II (from the Superior Viaduct bridge to the edge of Wendy Park) was completed in June 2017. With the second phase of the Lake Link Trail completed, the (soon to come) connection to Wendy Park will provide access to Lake Erie. Because of a collaborative effort, the Metroparks received a fedearl grant that provided the remaining funds needed for the pedestrian bridge that will connect the Lake Link Trail and Wendy Park. The final design is completed; bridge construction will begin in Spring 2019 and will be completed in early Summer 2020.
Supplementing this work, LAND studio has partnered with Ohio City Inc. and the Port of Cleveland to secure funding that supports the development of conceptual plans for a future park along Irishtown Bend. This park will link Ohio City, Downtown, phases I and II of the Lake Link Trail, and the Flats to each other and the river, creating a trail hub where the Lake Link Trail connects to the Shoreway Trail and the Red Line Greenway.
Conger Moss Guillard
Trust for Public Land
Wendy Park Foundation
Orignially named the Lake Link Trail, it is now known as the The Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail in recogniztion of their generous support.
To read the full story on the Cleveland Foundation's gift of $5 million dollars :
Lake Link Trail