Located on the west bank of the flats in Cleveland, the Lake Link Trail is built on what was once the Cleveland-Mahoning Railroad line. Chartered in 1848 the railroad connected Cleveland’s oil refineries and national distribution network to Youngstown and the Pennsylvania oil fields beyond. LAND studio purchased the land for the Lake Link Trial in 2009 with a $1.2 Million grant from the State of Ohio’s Clean Ohio Fund.

The first phase of The Lake Link trail opened in spring 2015, connecting a portion of the Towpath Trail in Tremont to the Cleveland Metroparks’ Rivergate Park. Construction on phase two, located underneath the Detroit-Superior Bridge and connecting to River Road near the Willow Street Bridge, began in August 2016 – and opened to the public in 2017. A bridge connecting the trail to Wendy Park on Whiskey Island is currently underway and will open in the spring of 2021.

The final portion, and the missing link to connecting the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail and the 100-mile-long Towpath Trail to the lakefront, is part of the larger Irishtown Bend project. LAND studio continues work with various public and non-profit partners to ensure that the Irishtown Bend phase is coordinated with the overall hillside stabilization and greenspace planning.

The completion of this project, more than 10 years in the making, will mean enhanced lakefront access for thousands of residents of and visitors to Northeast Ohio. These trails will be used for both transportation and recreation by individuals throughout the region, and will be most accessible to nearby residents of downtown, Ohio City, Detroit Shoreway, and Tremont, including the residents of the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Lakeview Terrace and Riverview Tower properties.

The Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail is managed by the Cleveland Metroparks.

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