Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan

Updated January 2018

“Euclid is close to realizing a brilliant lakefront project that could serve as a precedent for Cleveland, if not the entire Great Lakes region.” – Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer (November 2017)


Euclid’s vision to provide unprecedented public waterfront access, habitat enhancements, and upland stability is moving closer to reality after reaching significant milestones in 2017 and early 2018.

A video of Phase II improvements can be viewed here:

An interactive virtual tour of Phase II can be viewed here:

Phase II Updated Milestones:

  • State and Federal permits for Phase II of Euclid’s Waterfront Improvements Plan are in their final stages of approval for Phase II of the Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan, which is positioned to break ground by summer 2018. This milestone reflects years of planning and the support of public and private partnerships. 
  • In January 2018, Euclid City Council authorized the City to advertise for bids this spring. During a public presentation of the Plan, the Council unanimously voted to move forward with the bidding process. A year previous to this meeting, Council authorized the Phase II final engineering and design contract of consultant SmithGroupJJR.
  • In Fall 2017, the City successfully executed easement agreements and property donations from project area stakeholders, setting the stage for improved economic opportunity in the region while providing ecological benefits, erosion control, and unprecedented public access to Lake Erie.
  • In Fall 2017, the Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan was the subject of multiple news articles extoling the ambition of the project. You can read The Plain Dealer’s architecture and art critic Steven Litt’s review here:
  • Throughout 2017, the City of Euclid successfully raised over $600,000 in new grant funds, leveraging funds previously raised. The largest award was $.5M from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Ohio Trail Fund. We were one of only three organizations in Cuyahoga County to receive funding this round. The City recently applied for $2.76 from FEMA in addition to a State Capital Budget request of $2M. 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. 

About the Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan:

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 nearly $2M James 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 additional information, please contact:
Allison Lukacsy-Love, Community Projects Manager
(216) 289-8160


The News-Herald article on the waterfront May 23rd

Jan. 16, 2018 Euclid City Council Public Meeting Update

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)