- Published: 13 February 2013
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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 goal of this project is to develop a plan to provide recreation opportunities for Lake County residents and enhance the recreational and aesthetic amenities of the property. The Port Authority of Eastlake selected the Landscape Architectural/Planning firm MKSK to assist in developing the conceptual park master plan. 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 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). Additional public engagement opportunities will be announced and refined, or revised park plans will be posted for review and comment.
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/.