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An ambitious plan to redevelop Cleveland’s east side lakefront with trails, beaches and a new offshore island took a critical step forward Friday morning. That’s when the Cleveland Planning Commission approved the Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience plan, also known as CHEERS, which would add more than 80 acres of new parkland and better connect residents with the water.
The nonprofit organization Organic Connects provides programs ranging from field trips that teach kids how to fish to environmental internships for urban youth. In addition to helping city kids connect with the outdoors in Cleveland, the group also helps to train young people for future environmental careers.
On Friday, July 9th, Cleveland Metroparks celebrated the opening of the city’s most distinctive new playground: the Lindsey Family Play Space, a one-acre park that includes such unique features as boulders, water and sand, tunnels, climbing structures, a twisting slide, and shaded areas to rest.
The Cuyahoga River is famous for being the “crooked river” — not for its whitewater. Yet when a massive freighter the size of the Terminal Tower comes by, it quickly becomes a different experience. At a press conference, groups involved with the Share the River initiative shared information with the public about how to stay safe and have fun.
Beginning at the eastern edge of Zone Recreation Center and threading through Ohio City before connecting to the Centennial Lake Link Trail, the $6 million Red line Greenway connects the near west side to downtown Cleveland while offering views of industry, nature and the city along the way.
Cleveland is a cleft land, and not just because of the Crooked River. For centuries, railroads, highways, ravines, utilities and more have barricaded us from each other and from our waterways, which didn’t attract us anyway. A confusion of roads and bridges high and low have linked us and kept us apart.