City of Cleveland Parks - Greenbelts could transform region -Forest HILLS

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 09/27/2022 - 15:18.
City of Cleveland Parks - Greenbelts could transform region  -Forest HILLS

 The City of Cleveland could move quickly to develop a transit + trails network with existing park properties, AND at same time protect the Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River water quality :


BTW - Cleveland Metroparks WILL be taking over management of Forest Hills Park in East Cleveland - of course, the land bank scum masters knew this WAY before everyone else, so they could STEAL the land from BLACK families...

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LAND BANK scum -Crain's ARTICLE makes intentions clear

Over the last seven years, the land bank has amassed more than 200 properties in this district, at the Cleveland-East Cleveland border. Now the quasi-governmental organization is serving as master developer for 33 acres, where preliminary plans call for building hundreds of homes and luring commercial developers to a depleted stretch of Euclid Avenue.

That vision, with an estimated cost of $122 million, comes at a unique moment for East Cleveland, a once-prosperous inner-ring suburb that now ranks as Ohio's poorest city.

Public officials insist that the government is stable, after years of fiscal distress and dysfunction. And they have the bandwidth to consider long-term investments, thanks to an infusion of federal pandemic-relief cash.


JobsOhio, the state's private nonprofit economic development corporation, is willing to put $1.5 million toward the land bank's plan to turn a former car dealership on Euclid into a home for life sciences tenants. Last year, Gov. Mike DeWine announced the rollout of high-speed internet access to underserved parts of the city.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Metroparks is in discussions about stepping in to manage East Cleveland's Forest Hill Park, a 170-acre property that philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. deeded to the city in the late 1930s. The park is only a half-mile from the land bank's target area.



Highland Golf Course

I will not be surprised if City of Cleveland hires Western Reserve Land Conservancy to produce their park master plan - I am convinced WRLC has already parceled out Highland Golf Course to their developer friends like good ole Mitch Schneider... why does City need to outsource their plan in the first place? 

Cleveland Releases RFP to Revitalize Historic Highland Park Golf Course


Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 – Cleveland – Today, the City of Cleveland released a request for proposals (RFP) for a vendor to lease, revitalize, and manage operations of the historic Highland Park Golf Course at 3550 Green Road.  

Highland Park Golf Course, first opened in 1928, is a 36-hole course and clubhouse owned by the City and operated by an external management company. The City of Cleveland is seeking to establish Highland as a tournament-ready course and a leader in community impact and sustainability. 

“This course has a rich history of promoting diversity in the sport of golf. As the golf course nears its centennial, this is an opportunity to elevate it as a premier public course for locals and a destination for golfers across the country,” Mayor Justin M. Bibb said. 

As the only public course near Cleveland’s east side, Highland has historically been a welcoming course for minority players in an overwhelmingly white sport. The Sixth City Golf Club (established in 1946) and Forest City Golf Club were two pioneering African American golf leagues that played primarily at Highland Park.  

The course also hosted the inaugural PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in 1987, at which African American golf stars including Lee Elder, Charlie Sifford, Calvin Peete, Jim Dent, and Renee Powell held free golf clinics for the community. Sifford, known as the “Jackie Robinson of golf” and first black golfer to play and win on the PGA tour, claimed Highland Park as his home course for a time.  

During the PGA Tour’s Cleveland Open in 1964 and 1965, the course welcomed golf greats like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tony Lema.  

“As a young man, this was the first place I played golf,” Mayor Bibb added. “It would bring me immense pride to restore the course and create a professional tournament-level course while maintaining it as a space for Black golfers, both aspiring and seasoned, to enjoy.” 

The City is seeking innovative ideas to re-imagine the golf course for the next 100 years. The City aims for the course to continue its history of promoting diversity in golf by opening doors to the sport for new, young golfers from Cleveland and by honoring its past as a predominantly minority course.  

Responses are due October 20, 2022. Submissions will be evaluated based on their proposals for establishment of a best-in-class facility, exploration and expansion of community impact and thoughtful consideration of environmental sustainability.  

The RFP can be accessed here