Euclid Advances Next Phase of Waterfront Improvements

Phase II of Euclid’s waterfront plan will feature a three-quarter mile multipurpose public trail and a sand “paddle-craft beach”. This project is in the engineering and design stages and positioned to break ground in 2017.

“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.

Phase 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. 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.

This 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. In 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. 

Please join us for a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall during a special meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission. That evening a presentation of the final E.185th Street TCLI plan will also be presented by Northeast Shores Development Corporation.

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

Allison Lukacsy

Allison Lukacsy is the Community Projects Manager at the City of Euclid. You can reach her at (216) 289-8160 or by email at

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 5:03 PM, 05.05.2016