Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan

Updated May 2017

“Stay close to the serenity of a lake to meet your own peace of mind.” - Munia Khan

Euclid’s vision to provide unprecedented public waterfront access, habitat enhancements and upland stability is moving closer to reality. Permit documents were submitted to the state and federal regulatory agencies in Fall 2016 for Phase II of Euclid’s Waterfront Improvement Plan, which is positioned to break ground in Spring 2018. This milestone reflects years of planning and the support of public and private partnerships. 

The 2009 Waterfront Improvements Plan established a $30M vision for the City of Euclid’s Lake Erie shoreline. This broad vision was developed through an extensive public consensus-building process to be implemented incrementally. The City works with property owners and other stakeholders through the Waterfront Steering Committee to implement the steps of the project, including acquiring land donations and executing easement agreements. In addition to environmental protection and public access, by leveraging private investment these improvements will have economic impacts in job creation, private real estate development and broader community reinvestment including repositioning of large-scale multi-family properties along the lakefront.

The $2M Joseph Farrell Memorial Fishing Pier -rededicated in August 2013 and now featuring a custom bronze compass rose medallion – along with ADA trails through Sims Park, were Phase I of the overall Waterfront Improvements Plan. The $11.5M Phase II of the Waterfront Improvement Plan features central shoreline improvements to stabilize the eroding bluff, recreate natural wildlife habitat and improve stormwater management while opening the privatized lakefront to public access. Implementation of this next phase reinforces regional waterfront and green space initiatives already underway throughout the regional park systems and trail and bikeway connections.

For Phase II, regulatory agencies have provided to the City a tentative timeline that their technical review processes will be complete in summer 2017 at which time engineering and design consultant SmithGroupJJR will finalize construction documents and the City will seek bids for the construction of a multi-purpose, hard surface trail connecting the Fishing Pier to new cobble beaches and other recreational amenities.

“The next phase of improvements will allow more people to enjoy our beautiful lakefront while encouraging new development and setting the stage for a future marina,” predicts Planning & Development Director Jonathan Holody.

A $4 million Cuyahoga County Casino Revenue Fund allocation provides a significant portion of the necessary funding with additional project funding provided by Federal, State and local funds. 

For more information feel free to contact Allison Lukacsy-Love, Community Projects Manager at (216) 289-8160 or by email at

The News-Herald article on the waterfront May 23rd


Euclid Lakefront Development Plan


Phase IV Central Shoreline Enhancements
Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan
Presented December 12, 2016

2016-0524 P&Z Special Public Meeting

Phase IV Shoreline Enhancements,
Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan
Presented August 5th, 2014

The Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan.
Adopted by Euclid City Council as an addendum to the City's Master Plan (Rev. 2009)