Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan


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)


Updated May 2016

 “I hear lake water lapping… by the shore. I hear it in the deep heart’s core.”
                                          – William Butler Yeats, 20th Century Irish Poet

Euclid’s vision to provide unprecedented public waterfront access, habitat enhancements and upland stability is moving closer to reality.

Click to EnlargePhase II of Euclid’s waterfront plan is in the engineering and design stages and positioned to break ground in 2017. Complementing the 250’ James Farrell Memorial Fishing Pier, rededicated in August 2013, the $11.5M Phase II project features a three-quarter mile multipurpose public trail along the shoreline heading east from Sims Park to E.246th Street. Engineered offshore rock structures to improve wave action and sediment flow, revetments to protect the upland and public access points connecting the trail are also included. At the western terminus – just past the location of a future marina - a sand “paddle-craft beach” will be created to launch kayaks, canoes and other small craft into Lake Erie.

“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.

Click to EnlargeThis exciting vision to reclaim Euclid’s historic waterfront began in summer 2009 when the City of Euclid engaged SmithGroupJJR, an experienced waterfront engineering and design firm, to plan and implement waterfront enhancements. A series of public open houses took place throughout the City in addition to conversations with local, State and Federal agencies that helped the City identify grants to fund major components of the multi-phased project.

While the immediate focus was on Sims Park and the new fishing pier, key components and the next phases of work include the much needed stabilization of the shoreline, reforming the cobble and sand beaches and creating a coastal habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.

Click to EnlargeIn April 2016 JJR’s Project Landscape Architect and Engineer met with shoreline property owners and the Waterfront Steering Committee to develop options, discuss easements and set a timeline for permitting and construction of Phase II.

A $4 million Cuyahoga County Casino Revenue Fund loan, of which $2 million is forgivable, provides a significant portion of the necessary funding. Additional project funding is provided by Federal, State, private foundation and local funds. 

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