Metroparks East Side Trail proposal

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 02/01/2022 - 11:20.
Metroparks East Side Trail proposal
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EAST side TRAIL connectors

Cleveland Metroparks was awarded a $950,000 grant to pay most of the $1.5 million planning and design bills for four regional transportation projects, three of which are in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood, that encompass 5.7 miles of trail and bike connections.


The U.S. Department of Transportation grant was awarded through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. The money will be used to develop full construction documents for two projects -- the Slavic Village Downtown Connector Phase 2 North and the Morgana Run/Booth Avenue Extension, and advance two more through the feasibility stage -- the Iron Court/Opportunity Corridor Connector, and Euclid Creek Greenway Phase 2 North. Cleveland Metroparks says the four projects that will be funded through the grant were part of the Cuyahoga Greenways Plan, a countywide trail and bikeway master plan that was completed in late 2019.


The grant resulted from its collaboration with Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland through the Cuyahoga Greenway Partners. In the Slavic Village area, the grant will fund the full design of 2.2 miles of bicycle paths from E. 14th St. to the intersection of Broadway and Dille Ave. The Slavic Village Downtown Connector Phase 2 North project will connect Slavic Village and the completed Morgana Run Trail to the Towpath Trail through Cleveland Metroparks Washington and Ohio & Erie Canal reservations along with Downtown Cleveland. It will also connect to the all-purpose trail built as part of ODOT’s Innerbelt Project along Orange Ave. that connects to E. 14th St. and on to the E. 9th St. Extension, Metroparks says. The grant will also fund the full design of a .8 mile all-purpose trail to link the completed Morgana Run Trail to the Mill Creek Falls area of Garfield Park Reservation. It will also connect to the Warner Road bike lanes and Mill Creek Connector Trail, as well as the future Slavic Village Downtown Connector via the Morgana Run Trail.


In addition, the grant will provide money for feasibility-level planning of a proposed 0.7 mile connection from the western terminus of Opportunity Corridor Trail at E. 55th to the Slavic Village Downtown Connector Trail near Iron Court/Broadway Area. It also will fund feasibility-level planning of a proposed two-mile bicycle connection between the lower Euclid Creek Reservation to its lakefront portion. The proposed connection would build on Cleveland Metroparks first phase of the Euclid Creek Greenway, scheduled for construction in 2022, that will connect Euclid Creek Parkway to Euclid Avenue.

It will take about six months or longer for the Metroparks to get started on the design work funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grants were “ultra-competitive,” with only about $30 million across the country for such projects

Cleveland Metroparks maintain their trails

City of Cleveland  - does not. City currently has 13.1 miles of All Purpose Trail.


City-owned and maintained trails (as opposed to City-owned/Metroparks maintained and Metroparks-owned/maintainted):

-portion of Lakefront West Trail (~W 65th to W. 25th St): 1.5 miles

-Harrison Dillard Trail/Lake to Lakes Trail (~I-90 to Shaker Heights municipal border): 4.5 miles

-Morgana Run Trail (E 49th to Jones Rd): 2.1 miles

-Opportunity Corridor Multiuse Path (E. 55th to E. 105th/Euclid): 2.9 miles

-Cedar Glen Multipurpose Trail (Ambleside to East Blvd): 0.25 mile

-Downtown Connector segment (along I-77 between Pershing and Dille): 0.55 mile

-Treadway Creek Trail (between Harmody Park and Jennings): 0.6 mile

-Orange Avenue/E. 9th (between Carnegie and Canal): 0.7 miles


This list does not include trail segments that are included within City of Cleveland parks (such as Zone Recreation Center, Luke Easter Park, Kerruish Park, etc.), or separated bike facilities on bridges such as the Detroit-Superior Bridge or Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, or pedestrian bridges/overpasses.


The City-maintained trails are serviced by the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Properties