Cuyahoga-Lake Link

Cleveland has been strongly influenced by the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. But the waterways were not always viewed as a recreational resource: throughout the city's history, the river and lake were often polluted and unhealthy. Today, Cleveland is experiencing an urban renaissance, and the river and lake are cleaner than they have been for generations.

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks and LAND studio, is creating a new urban park and trail experience in northeast Ohio: the Cuyahoga-Lake Link. More than a green backdrop for the city, the Cuyahoga-Lake Link will create a more livable, connected Cleveland and help residents and visitors rediscover their lake and river and explore new healthy recreation activities.

The first segment of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail, the "backbone" of the Cuyahoga-Lake Link, was dedicated in August 2015. Cyclists and runners are already enjoying this scenic pathway connecting the surrounding neighborhoods to the parks and river. A new, beautiful bridge will be the "golden spike" in connecting Centennial Trail to the Lake Erie at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island. Soon Northeast Ohioans and visitors will be able to ride their bikes along the beloved Towpath Trail from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park all the way to Lake Erie.

The Trust for Public Land is proud to partner with Cleveland Metroparks and LAND studio as well as the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Cuyahoga County, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Ontario Stone and Norfolk Southern on the Cuyahoga-Lake Link. This project is made possible with generous support from Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Wendy Park Foundation, The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, Cargill Deicing Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, State of Ohio, and many other donors.

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