The Planning Process

Waterfront access is an enormous asset to our region, however only 13% of the 312-mile Lake Erie shoreline is accessible to the public. The Port Authority of Eastlake, the Cities of Eastlake and Willoughby, Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc., Lake Metroparks, local fishing groups, and various lake county governmental departments identified a need to provide and develop recreational opportunities along the Chagrin River and Erie lakefront for not only Eastlake residents, but to better serve the residents of adjacent communities and Lake County. Currently this area has a Port Authority of Eastlake boat ramp, Chagrin River Salmon Association building, gravel parking, and a small playground area.

The Port Authority of Eastlake received a grant from the Lake Geauga Fund of The Cleveland Foundation to develop the conceptual park master plan and selected the Landscape Architectural/Planning firm MKSK to assist with the plan to provide recreation opportunities for Lake County residents and enhance the aesthetics and amenities of the property. At project kick-off meetings on January 23 and 24, 2013 the project planning steering committee and numerous project stakeholders were engaged to review the study process and begin the exchange of information and ideas concerning the potential and appropriate development and enhancement of this property. Initial Study exhibits were presented and discussed during these planning sessions (see January 23, 2013 Port Authority of Eastlake Park Planning Project Steering Committee Meeting presentation)

The conceptual park plan was presented at a public meeting on April 10, 2013.  Over 60 people attended this public meeting to discuss options for park improvement in Eastlake near the Port Authority boat ramp.  Please click here to view the meeting presentation for more information.  If you have comments or questions, feel free to contact Heather Elmer, Director of Chagrin River Watershed Partners at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Conceptual Park Plan - Updated June 13, 2013 

Funding for this park planning project provided by the Lake Geauga Fund of The Cleveland Foundation.  For more information about this fund see http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/grants/lake-geauga-fund/.

Implementing the Plan

Erie Road Park public meeting, May 15, 2017

To gain additional feedback on the conceptual park plan, a public meeting was held on May 15, 2017. Click here for meeting presentation. Over 30 people attended this meeting to learn about CRWP’s assistance to the City of Eastlake, including recent grant applications for improvements to Erie Road Park to implement components of the conceptual park plan. The public was also invited to provide input about potential park improvements, including boat launch upgrades, picnic area improvements, stream restoration opportunities, and playground improvements. The following topics were discussed by meeting attendees:

  • Revenue generated through recreational access to the Chagrin River at Erie Road Park
  • Cost of conceptual plan implementation, including City’s obligations
  • Future maintenance of park improvements
  • Ways to improve aesthetic values of Erie Road Park (including tree screenings) 
  • Benefits and concerns about pedestrian bridge over Corporation Creek, included in conceptual plan 
  • How improvements at Erie Road Park fit into the City’s development plans and priorities
In July 2017, CRWP was awarded a Cleveland Foundation Community Responsive Grant to install a permeable pavement parking area and streamside plantings along Corporation Creek at Erie Road Park. The Lake County Port and Economic Development Authority committed to providing match for this project by installing a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible dock and ramp system for kayaks and canoes at Erie Road Park. Northfield (an Oldcastle company) committed to donating the pavers for the parking lot. This project is a collaboration of the Cities of Eastlake and Willoughby, the Port Authority of Eastlake, the Lake County Port and Economic Development Authority, Lake Metroparks, Northfield (an Oldcastle Company), and CRWP. This project will also engage community groups including the Eastlake Police Activities League (EPAL) and Support for You. Engagement may include volunteer tree and shrub plantings, canoe tours, and other nature-based education opportunities. For more information, please see a July 17, 2017 News-Herald article about this grant-funded project: “Erie Road Park in Eastlake to be made more accessible thanks to grant.”  
 
CRWP also assisted the City of Eastlake with a pending grant application to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks Grant Program to install a natural playground at Erie Road Park. Natural playgrounds incorporate the use of natural materials such as living plants, wood, boulders, and water. These natural playscapes provide children and families with a connection to nature and encourage exploration, free expression, and creativity during play. If awarded, in-kind match for this grant-funded project will be provided by the City of Eastlake, Port Authority of Eastlake, Big Dig Underground Repair Services, and Kurtz Bros., Inc. Announcement of grant awards is expected in Fall 2017.

Enjoying Erie Road Park

In July 2017, nearly 100 people joined CRWP for a paddle on the Chagrin River during the Eastlake Canoe Tours! These tours were made possible through support from the City of Eastlake, Port Authority of Eastlake, Lake County Stormwater Management Department, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Boating and Watercraft, and Lake Metroparks. CRWP would also like to thank Steve and Terri Parker of Chagrin River Kayak & Paddleboard Rental & Repair for their generous assistance.
 
Eastlake Canoe Tours, July 2017