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Overview

Irishtown Bend (ITB), once the site of a 19th-century Irish shanty-town, is a largely-deserted, overgrown green oasis that in recent years has geologically moved, slipping enough to split roads and shake up a major sewer line.

A vision for this space calls for the creation of a 17-acre site that will connect Ohio City on Cleveland's near west side to the Flats, Downtown, and Lake Erie. Stabilizing the hillside will make possible construction of a green space with unparalleled views of the Cuyahoga River and the downtown skyline, and regional trails connecting Lake Erie to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and points south on the 101-mile Towpath Trail.

Project Updates

In July of 2019, The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $9 million towards the stabilization of ITB through a grant from the department’s INFRA program, or Infrastructure For Rebuilding America, and will go to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The money will enable installation of ~2,600 feet of sheet steel bulkheads along the river’s edge. As of July, 2019, partners in the combined project have raised nearly $19 million in government and charitable grants, with commitments for another $4.5 million worth of donated land.

When completed, Irishtown Bend will feature a dynamic new riverfront public park, neighborhood connections, green infrastructure, new internal trails and links to adjacent regional trail and greenway networks. It will spur economic development in a racially-diverse, mixed-income neighborhood. It will also serve as a strong example of how Cleveland can reconcile its industrial past by reclaiming its natural heritage.

Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer, July 22, 2019

Awards

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Award (Flats Connections Plan)

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Supporters

George Gund FoundationCleveland FoundationCuyahoga Arts and CultureOhio Arts Council
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