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

Euclid residents (and leashed dogs) enjoy Sims Park and all it has to offer – including a newly opened-to-the-public bike and walking trail along Lake Erie.

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 $2.67+M 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.

More information on the Euclid Waterfront can be found on the City of Euclid’s website.

Allison Lukacsy-Love

Allison Lukacsy-Love 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 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:26 PM, 08.10.2020