What began as a vision to connect the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the 110-mile Towpath Trail to the shores of Lake Erie, is now complete with the dedication of the Wendy Park Bridge in June 2021. The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks and LAND studio, created a new urban park and trail: the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail.
The trail is a powerful example of how communities can transform abandoned railroad right-of-way and former industrial areas into a vibrant place for people to get outside. What was once vacant space is now lined with green infrastructure and other foliage designed to collect rainwater, mitigate runoff, and cool the air. The trail provides a safe, alternative transportation route for those seeking to avoid the car and truck traffic that characterizes this industrial part of Cleveland.
Now, individuals and running groups take advantage of the connectivity from their neighborhoods, birders are drawn to new natural areas in the heart of the city, and Lakeview Terrace residents now have walkable access to the shores of Lake Erie for the first time in nearly 90 years.