What do you envision for Cleveland’s lakefront?
Imagine launching a kayak from downtown Cleveland. Swimming near Cleveland Browns Stadium. Browsing shops steps from Lake Erie.
Apartments, a hotel, entertainment spaces and a food hall: All are features of a lakefront plan presented Thursday by Mayor Justin Bibb, kicking off a second round of community input.
Bibb aims for a “people’s lakefront,’’ not a top-down vision imposed by planners – even if those planners are by James Corner Field Operations, a nationally recognized landscape architecture firm that designed the 2016 renovation of Public Square and co-designed New York’s High Line Park.
No costs or funding sources have been identified for the plan, including a curved land bridge connecting the downtown malls with the lakefront. But a bridge was estimated in 2021 at $229 million
The city’s goal now is to bring the new plans to 30% completion by the end of the year, making it possible to calculate costs and begin seeking federal infrastructure grants.
Members of the city’s North Coast Lakefront project team will fan out for pop-up events at grocery stores, neighborhood festivals and parks citywide throughout the summer to gather input.
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