Lakefront Greenway & Downtown Connector
In 2013 the Campus District convened neighboring community development corporations, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Historic Warehouse District and St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and city planning staff with the question “How can our near east side neighborhoods connect to the lakefront?”
That question prompted the group to apply for a Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) planning grant from NOACA, which was awarded in 2014. The Lakefront Greenway and Downtown Connector Study is focused on three components: 1) Create a linear looped trail system along North and South Marginal Roads to facilitate travel by bicyclists and pedestrians, 2) Strengthen the connection between the lakefront and the near eastside neighborhoods of the Campus District and St. Clair Superior, and 3) Enhance east-west connectivity within the study area for bicycle and pedestrian travel.
Baker Engineering and Environmental Design Group were selected to carry out the study and the work is nearly completed. A steering committee that is representative of all stakeholders in the planning area guided the planning process. Two public meetings have been held to receive community input and a final design is completed. The design will include a hiking and biking path along North and South Marginal Roads and a connector path from the Campus District to the Lakefront.