Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan

Updated September, 2020

“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)

Latest project news:


The Euclid, Ohio Waterfront Improvement Project is a transformational, precedent-setting erosion mitigation and public access infrastructure project that is essential for livability, economic growth and community resiliency.

  •  Project: Euclid Waterfront Improvement Project, Phase II: Shoreline Stabilization and Lakefront Public Access Trail
  • Lead Authority: City of Euclid (local municipality), Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • Overall Phase II Implementation Construction Cost: $13.4M* - $6.8M Phase II – West anticipated completion in June 2020 ($6M Local (County and Municipality; $500k = State (ODNR); $300k = Federal (GLC, NOAA, EPA))
  • Shovel Ready: The City of Euclid broke ground on Phase II – West in September 2018 and reached substiantial completion on this phase in December 2019. The City anticipates soliciting Phase II – East for bids in May 2020 with anticipated construction from August 2020 – December 2021.
  • Type: Urban, Suburban
  • Job Creation: An estimated 228 jobs created with the Overall Phase II Shoreline Stabilization and Lakefront Public Access Trail implementation*
  • Economic Growth: By transforming Euclid – the 13th largest municipality in the State of Ohio and a majority-minority, low-income community – into a livable city, the Project will help attract businesses to the region and spark a new wave of outdoor tourism for residents and visitors alike. The project directly connects Lake Erie and public lakefront amenities to the City’s central business district. Additional retail, residential and restaurant development is anticipated as well as a future public marina.
  • Transportation Connectivity: When complete, the Lakefront Public Access Trail will connect two public lakefront parks including one in a low-moderate income census tract. It will directly connect to the Lake Erie Coastal Lakefront Bikeway (SR 283) and public transit lines connecting Lake County to the east and Downtown Cleveland to the west.
  • Health Benefits: Ohio’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan states that walking is the most popular outdoor activity. Off-road bicycle and pedestrian non-motorized trails provide a safe, low-stress network to commute and recreate. The Project has the potential to promote healthy, active lifestyles and decrease long-term health-care costs due to improved community health.
  • Community Resilience: The Project is located within ODNR-designated Coastal Erosion Areas, swathes of lakefront land that are subject to loose over 1’-0” of earth and infrastructure annually due to climate impacts including more frequent storm events, warmer temperatures preventing the Great Lakes from freezing and impervious development of the upland. Critical infrastructure in the project area included storm and sewer connections as well as residential single family and multi-family units.
  • Uniqueness: Euclid’s project is precedent setting for its innovate public/private solution to combat erosion, a model being sought for reproduction throughout the Great Lakes region. By negotiating permanent easements from nearly 100 stakeholders, a public access trail atop a concrete seawall buffered by limestone revetments mitigates the catastrophic erosion jeopardizing most immediately 1400 majority low-moderate income renters in four apartment towers in the Phase II – East construction area. By opening up ¾ of a mile to public access, the Project enhances equitable access to our region’s greatest natural asset and protects the community from natural disaster.

 * Estimated at 17 jobs per $1 million spent, according to a study commissioned by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) job creation; jobs in terms of full-time equivalents

Project Update:

Euclid City Council Authorizes Next Phase of Waterfront Construction as First Phase Comes to a Close

The Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan - an innovative project to expand public access across historically privatized land and a solution to shoreline stabilization being sought as a model across Great Lakes communities – hit milestones this summer.

On July 20, Euclid City Council authorized the next phase of construction, Phase II – East and awarded a $3.67M contract to Mark Haynes Construction, the current contractor and apparent low and best qualified bidder. The contractor mobilized on the City-owned lots at the far east end of the project area, around E.248th Street, with plans to revet the shoreline this fall and winter.

The majority of the funding for this next phase is public, including $2.67M awarded to the City by FEMA through their pre-disaster hazard mitigation fund (PDM/HMA). It represents the first time an erosion project of this magnitude has been funded through this program. Other sources include ODNR, the HarborTown TIF and private donations through the project’s capital campaign.

Also in July, Mark Haynes Construction submitted for substantial completion on the current $6.8M construction phase headed east from Sims Park. Visitors will see intermittent activity continue on this phase throughout the summer and early fall as the City, contractor and engineer address punchlist items.

A paved section of trail beginning from the fishing pier is open to the public and I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy a walk or bike ride or to sit on one of the new benches to watch the sunset. Visitors to the park are invited to send photos to

At the end of June, the City closed on more than 6-acres behind Lakeside Cove Apartments, land bordering Sims Park and the new trail. This property was acquired through a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission with assistance from Western Reserve Land Conservancy and will become a natural extension of Sims Park.

Project Links:

Watch the Lincoln Land Institute’s "Euclid 2020: Lakefront City" 4+ minute documentary at the link below, featuring interviews with Mayor Holzheimer Gail and Council President Mancuso. The video is part of the "Making Sense of Place: The Lives of Cities" documentary project featuring Cleveland, Portland and Phoenix - focusing on Euclid’s revitalization with the Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan as the catalyst. and

A video rendering of Phase II planned improvements can be viewed here:

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

A quick-fact flier on Phase II of the overall Euclid Waterfront Improvements Plan can be viewed here: City of Euclid Lakefront Development

 The News-Herald article on the waterfront May 23rd

For additional information, please contact:
Allison Lukacsy-Love, Director, Planning and Development Department
(216) 289-8160

July 31, 2018 Euclid City Council Presentation

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)