Green Collinwood

What to Do with Yard Waste

We all know that it is not acceptable to dump tires, machine parts, plastics and other unnatural trash into our waterways. But many still believe it’s okay to put yard debris like grass and leaves onto a streambank, in a storm drain, or into a ditch.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 4:17 PM, 09.03.2020

Cleveland Plogs returns to East 185th in August!

Hey neighbors!   

Cleveland Plogs had another great socially distant plogging last month along Lakeshore Blvd.  A small but mighty group of ploggers stayed 6ft apart (which is easy to do when you keep moving!) and wore gloves and masks but didn't let COVID-19 get in the way of keeping or community clean! 

Missed out on the fun last month?  No worries because the fun continues this month when Cleveland Plogs heads to East 185th St Wednesday August 26th!  Ploggers will clean up and down the East 185th St business district.  We will be set up outside Villa Angela High School (18491 Lakeshore Blvd.) with bags, gloves and hand sanitizer. 

In order for everyone to keep their distance, small groups will be heading out on different routes. Masks are required when meeting to pick up supplies.  Once everyone has picked up trash on their route, we'll meet back at the Rec Center around 730pm for a socially distant but fun plogging photo - and if the concession stand at Wildwood is open, we'll head there afterwards for some Honey Hut ice cream!  We hope to see you there!

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 6:19 PM, 08.10.2020

Spring Into Ohio's First Native Plant Month

Along with a state bird, flower, tree, fruit, Ohio now has its first native plant month! What's even better, is that it is here. That's right, April has now been officially designated as Ohio Native Plant Month.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 4:36 PM, 04.01.2020

Registration Open for 2020 Master RAIN Gardener 5-Week Courses

Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP), Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (Cuyahoga SWCD), and Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District (Lake SWCD) are offering four 5-week Master RAIN Gardener courses in 2020 that will teach participants how to design, install, and maintain residential rain gardens. Rain gardens are bowl shaped gardens filled with plants that like it a little wet. They are designed to receive water runoff from surfaces like roofs, driveways, or lawns. They work with nature to collect, filter, and soak up this rain.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 5:31 PM, 02.05.2020

Cleveland Plogs 2020!

Cleveland Plogs is all about inspiring our community to discover the joy of plogging, from Waterloo to East 152nd, Lakeshore Blvd. to East 185th!  In fact, we had such a great time plogging our way through Collinwood in 2019 that we’re taking plogging into the next decade!  

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 5:13 PM, 01.12.2020

Cleveland Plogs WaterBOO!

Join Cleveland Plogs for our last and spookiest plogging of the year!

On Wednesday October 30th, ploggers will meet outside Waterloo Arts at the Waterloo Arts Tower (15600 Waterloo Rd) at 6pm. Ploggers will clean Waterloo Rd. and surrounding streets before wrapping up around 7pm.
After that, we'll wrap up and hit up one of the local watering holes of Waterloo and enjoy some pizza and spooky beverages.

Best part of all, come plogging dressed in your most frightening or fanciful costume! We'll award a prize at the end of the night to the best plogging costume - people's choice award!

Remember, you don't have to run marathons to go plogging! This will be slow paced run - just under 2 miles - with plenty of stops along the way - to pick up trash!

Please wear clothing and costumes you don't mind getting sweaty and a little dirty and please wear closed toed shoes - preferably shoes you don't mind running in! Water and light refreshments will be provided before we head out.

All ploggers will also receive a coupon to Chili Peppers Fresh Mexican Grill - good for 1/2 off your purchase of a meal item and drink - talk about a sweet deal!

Still don't know what the heck 'plogging' is all about?

Plogging is a fitness trend that originated in Sweden and is slowly spreading throughout the world. The term Plogging is derived from the Swedish phrase “plocka upp,” which translates to pick up. Plogging involves a combination of jogging and picking up trash along your running route using a plastic bag to collect the litter you find along your route. Plogging is great exercise and a great opportunity to make a positive impact on our environment and our neighborhood.

Still on the fence? You can learn more about plogging via the following links:

Freshwater Cleveland - Cleveland has a litter problem. Can plogging be the solution?

We Need This - We can all learn from plogging, the popular fitness craze taking over the world

City Lab - Pick Up Trash While You Exercise. It's Called Plogging

For more info, check out, email, or call 216-571-0685.

Happy Plogging!

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.06.2019

Cleveland Plogs East 152nd!

Join Cleveland Plogs every last Wednesday of the month through October for a neighborhood plogging cleanup!

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 05.05.2019

Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Environmental Studies Scholarship

South Euclid, OH, January 07, 2019 - The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed is pleased to announce its sixth annual scholarship in environmental studies.  This scholarship was created to aid at least one deserving student in his/her pursuit of a degree in environmental science, including engineering, hydrology, ecology, geology, biology or other fields related to environmental studies. 

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 4:36 PM, 01.30.2019

Make a difference: “Big Clean” looks for volunteers in 2019

The snow has fallen, trapping wrappers, bottles and other litter until the spring melt when the trash reappears along city streets. It is not a pretty visual, but YOU can help make a difference in the appearance of a cleaner, more beautiful Collinwood.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 5:21 PM, 01.08.2019

Public Input Needed for Euclid Creek Watershed Plan

Public input is needed to help update a watershed plan for the Euclid Creek watershed. A watershed plan is a comprehensive plan for achieving water resource goals for a geographically defined watershed.  The Euclid Creek Watershed encompasses 23.3 square miles in northeastern Cuyahoga County and a part of Lake County.  It covers portions of 12 communities including Beachwood, Cleveland, Euclid, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, and Willoughby Hills. Euclid Creek watershed includes 40+ miles of stream, 30 miles of which is open channel and 10 miles of which is culverted or buried, as far as 8 miles away from the Creek’s confluence with Lake Erie, our source of drinking water, at Wildwood Park in Cleveland. The watershed is nearly 85 percent developed. Non-point source pollution challenges include stream sedimentation / siltation, habitat alterations, stream ditching or channelizing, and other flow regime alterations stemming from high levels of impervious cover such as roads, driveways, and rooftops. Updates to this plan are led by Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District with funding from Euclid Creek Watershed Council and Friends of Euclid Creek through a Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District grant.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 1:14 PM, 12.07.2018

Stream Restoration of Euclid Creek at Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation Begins

We’ve broken ground on the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation Stream Restoration Project! The project is in the City of Willoughby Hills in Lake County in the Euclid Creek Watershed at the headwaters of the East Branch of Euclid Creek. The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District received a $156,462 grant through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Section 319 Grant Program to conduct the restoration project. The grant requires a local match of 40% which is committed by the City of Willoughby Hills through their Lake County Stormwater Management Program Funds, up to $104,000, and by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), up to $50,000. The project will remove a culvert with maintenance issues (replacing it with a riffle ford), create instream habitat, and reconnect the stream to its floodplain. Biohabitats was awarded the project on June 7th, 2018 and 60% designs were submitted and approved September 27, 2018.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 12:06 PM, 11.04.2018

Clean Water Fest Attracts Thousands

Guests from all over Ohio showed up on a beautiful fall afternoon to learn about where their water goes and what they can do to keep our Great Lake great. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District open house was a celebration of community and all things water is they opened the doors of their treatment plant and laboratory facilities for a day of education and entertainment.

The free event had more than 60 exhibitor booths including our neighborhoods own Linda Zolten Wood with the Collinwood painted rain barrel project. Congratulations to NEORSD for enhancing the quality of life in our neighborhood by protecting our water resources.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 8:10 AM, 10.14.2018

Perils of Plastic

Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC) welcomed Dr. Sherri Mason from State University of New York at Fredonia to present her recent research on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes and its tributaries as well as plastic in our tap water, bottled water, beer and sea salt on August 14th at Beachwood Community Center. The event also featured Dr. Cathi Lehn from Cleveland Office of Sustainability, Director Diane Bickett from Cuyahoga Solid Waste District, and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon to talk about local plastic reduction efforts and the latest on changes to our county recycling program.  The night concluded with a question and answer session as well as ideas about how we can address this threat by making simple changes in our daily lives like refusing a straw or bringing re-useable bags to the grocery store. You can listen, watch, or read about several other presentations Dr. Mason made throughout Cleveland on the 14th on NPR (Sound of Ideas), City Club, and Look for a video of our program coming soon on our website:

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 12:19 PM, 09.07.2018

A Day at the Beach

From fishing and swimming to boating and birding, Northeast Ohioans enjoy spending time on the water.  And we’re not alone - Lake Erie tourism in Ohio generates nearly $13 billion in revenue annually. But a day at the beach and the nearshore habitat that fish, birds and other wildlife depend on can be easily ruined by ignorance and carelessness. 

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 11:14 AM, 06.07.2018

This Winter...use the Right S.A.L.T.

Road salt (sodium chloride) only works above 15°F. For colder temperatures use sand for added traction, or switch to an ice melting product designed to work at colder temperatures. 

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.10.2018

Street Cleanup for Lake Erie - Saturday Novmeber 4th!

Join your neighbors and community volunteers for our final street cleanup of 2017 Saturday November 4th at 10am!

Why a Street Cleanup?
Every time it rains, litter from our streets makes it way into our storm sewers and our storm sewers outflow either directly into Lake Erie or into creeks and tributaries. If it is on the ground, chances are it will make it into our water. Let's do our part to keep trash out of our waterways!

The Details:
Volunteers will meet outside the Collinwood Recreation Center (16300 Lakeshore Blvd.) in the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. for registration. Cleanup teams will pick up litter along Lakeshore Boulevard between Wildwood Park and East 156th Street. Gloves, bags, rakes and trash pickers will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own. We will have coffee and other refreshments

Volunteers under 18 are required to have a parent or guardian complete the sign in registration and volunteers under 13 are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Need motivation?
All volunteers will receive a coupon good for one half off the purchase of a drink and meal item from Chili Peppers Restaurant (869 East 185th Street). Please be sure to thank owner Steve Newman when you stop in!

Questions? Contact Stephen or Dan at 216-571-0685, or visit

See you out on the street!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 1:22 PM, 11.03.2017

International Coastal Cleanup Day at Euclid Beach Park - Saturday 9/16

Be part of a global beach cleanup in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program and the Ocean Conservancy. On International Coastal Cleanup Day, thousands of volunteers head to beach cleanups around the world to raise awareness about the challenges of plastic pollution in our water. Debris collected at the Euclid Beach cleanup is recorded on data cards and submitted to the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ocean Conservancy along with data from beaches across the globe!

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.14.2017

A New Community Garden is Sprouting in Collinwood

Spring has arrived and Summer is almost here. Some of your neighbors have staked out a plot in the Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries Community Garden.  On May 19th they took rake, hoe and wheelbarrow in hand to prepare the garden for planting.  They had the help of some of AMERICORPS volunteers and the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Cleveland Clean and Green truck. The truck was filled with all sorts of tools and supplies, including poison ivy solution and bad aids. A hoop house is being constructed on the property.  This structure will enable gardeners to harvest fresh produce until the end of November.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Fourth Annual Day in the Life of Euclid Creek

Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Volunteer Program and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District are pleased to announce their fourth annual Day in the Life of Euclid Creek event on Saturday, July 15th from 9am to 2:30pm.  This family friendly event provides a snapshot of a typical day in Euclid Creek, highlighting water quality in an urban watershed through a variety of monitoring demonstrations and tours of restoration projects from the headwaters to the mouth at Lake Erie.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017

The Big Clean! A two-city clean-up extravaganza Saturday, May 6th 2017

Following the success of Green Up Cleveland’s neighborhood-wide clean up last spring, Northeast Shores Development Corporation’s Quality of Life committee is teaming up with the City of Euclid for THE BIG CLEAN – empowering neighbors in Cleveland and Euclid to take greater responsibility for improving our neighborhood and our Great Lake!

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 5:26 PM, 04.11.2017

Community Garden at 154th Street

Do you like fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you like to garden? Here’s how it works. The garden is located at 794 E 154th St.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 3:59 PM, 03.09.2017

A Few Simple Resolutions

Around this time of year most of us make New Year’s Resolutions: reduce stress, lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with family. These are all worthy goals and could take quite a bit of effort to accomplish. However, there are also some easy resolutions we can make to improve the environment. Small efforts can make our world a better place for all of us. Pick a few to try. 

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 12:11 PM, 01.13.2017

Rain Barrel Workshop on September 15th at Euclid Senior Center

Learn how to harvest rainwater for all of your garden needs and to combat stormwater pollution in your community by constructing a rain barrel!  Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, City of Euclid and Friends of Euclid Creek are hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop on Thursday, September 15th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Euclid Senior Center (1 Bliss Lane, 44123).  The $60 fee includes a 60 gallon barrel, all materials and downspout diverter, but it is free to come and listen.  Registration is required by Thursday, September 8

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.09.2016

Upcycle Garden Night!

Ballot Box winner Michael Hudecek and Upcycle Parts Shop is joining forces with the Collinwood Friends Garden for a day of beautification! Join us for pallet bench making, sidewalk painting, and garden clean up!

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 12:36 PM, 07.10.2016

You Can Keep Our Great Lake Great

Thanks to a grant from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), RTA bus riders, joggers, dog walkers and motorists along Lakeshore Boulevard have a reminder about what small part we can play to maintain the health of Northeast Ohio’s greatest natural asset – Lake Erie.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.11.2016

Siggy's Village Community Garden is Coming

Do you like fresh fruits and vegetables? Do you like to garden?  Join the fun!  Folks are preparing Siggy’s Vilage Community Garden for planting fruits and vegetables. The garden is located at 794 East 154th Street. We need you to help weed and water the beds. In exchange for your help, you will get first pick of the produce at harvest time. Fruits and vegetables wil be distributed to Collinwod residents free of charge.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.11.2016

Coit Road Farmers Market Growing Season Ahead

The Coit (Road Farmers’ Market was built in 1932 and originally operated by a cooperative of farmers.  The non-profit East Cleveland Farmers’ Market Preservation Society was formed in 2001.  An all-volunteer staff operates the Market.

Market Hours and Location

Shop year-round on Saturdays 8 AM to 1PM

Wednesdays 10 AM to 1PM June thru October

The Market, located at the intersection of Coit and Woodworth Roads near East 152nd  and Noble Rd, is open Saturdays all year 8:00AM to 1:00PM and Wednesdays from 10:00AM to 1:00PM June through October.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.11.2016

Friends of Euclid Creek Announces Third Environmental Studies Scholarship

The Friends of Euclid Creek (FOEC), a grass-roots, non-profit charitable organization which advocates for the health of the Euclid Creek watershed, is pleased to announce the availability of its third annual scholarship in environmental studies.  This scholarship was created in order to aid one deserving student in his/her pursuit of a degree or certificate in environmental studies, field biology, or any scientific field related to watershed health.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 5:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Siggy's Village Community Garden and Free Urban Market

Siggy's Village Community Garden and Free Urban Market will be opening in the spring of 2016. This project will be headed by a committee consisting of volunteers from the community, who will plan, organize and develop a self sustaining garden.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:41 AM, 11.25.2015

Volunteers Needed for Wildwood Park Fall Cleanup Day

Please join Euclid Creek Watershed program partners as we conduct restoration activities at the wetland and cleanup the bioswale garden.

When: September 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Where: Wildwood Park - Euclid Creek Reservation, Lakeshore Blvd. and East 174thStreet Cleveland, 44110, Meet at Wildwood Picnic Pavilion

Dress for weather (long sleeves, pants, work boots, gloves)

Register on Cleveland Metroparks’ Website by September 16.

All groups welcome, children under 18 must have adult supervision and fill out and bring a Cleveland Metroparks waiver signed by a parent/guardian.  

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

October Garden Party- Seeking Volunteers!

Who: All ages

Where: The Collinwood Friends Garden, at the corner of E 156th and Corsica

When: Sunday, October 4th, 2-6pm

What: Community members are in need to help the garden clean up after the growing season; this involves pulling plants up, weeding, spreading compost, and tarping the beds to prepare for winter. We will have raffle prizes, music and food to celebrate getting together for a job well done!

Why: Doing this will repair the overused soil and prevent weeds from growing in the fall to spring, which means an earlier start to the growing season since we won’t have to spend so much time preparing the beds. You can also learn how to extend the growing season into the fall and prepare your own beds for winter.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

P.S. Don’t forget to send in your favorite recipe for the Healthy Collinwood Cookbook! Email entries to or mail them into:

Northeast Shores Development Corporation

Attn: Collinwood Friends Garden

317 e 156TH St

Cleveland, OH 44110

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 6:40 PM, 09.08.2015

Healthy Collinwood Cookbook

The Collinwood Friends Garden, located on the corner of East 156th and Corsica, is compiling recipes for a Healthy Collinwood Cookbook! Please share with us your yummiest and freshest recipes that you love to make. If possible, include a photograph! Submit entries to by September 10th.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 7:10 PM, 08.09.2015

Calling All Volunteers for the Collinwood Fire Memorial Garden!

The Little Red Cap Project :

Clean-Up The Garden

Sat. July 18th  8 am - 12 noon

Memorial School on E 152nd.

Know many of you will have heard about our new Little Red Cap Project, to restore the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden!

We had a great meeting on June 13th, and decided that the first thing we had to do was get the Garden presentable - basically weeding and getting a good layer of mulch down to keep it weeded. (If you weren't able to be there, and want to be part of this - just email or call me or Charlotte, so we'll be able keep you informed - and thanks!)

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:02 AM, 07.12.2015

The Little Red Cap Project Restoring the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden

Are you interested in Collinwood History? Are you a gardener? Are you interested in our Collinwood Community? How About all Three? It's time to do something for the Collinwood School Fire Memorial Garden. And we need your help! 

This Project is so new - it's literally just a few weeks old, by the time you see this - we've only just begun to talk to people. We're planning to get to more community meetings, but already we're pleased with the interest and support people are showing. And we thank you all!

As promised then, you're invited to our first Community Meeting, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Collinwood Recreation Center to begin making plans to restore (and then maintain) the Memorial Garden. 

The Garden has been a fixture in our Collinwood neighborhood these past 20 plus years, originally built to replace the original garden that remembered the Collinwood School Fire tragedy. In 2008, with the 100th Anniversary of the Collinwood School Fire, people in the community began doing some work now and then, weeding some planting etc. In 2013, some of the students at Memorial, working with our local Collinwood Nottingham Historical Society banded together, and formed the Memorial Garden Angels, doing some weeding themselves, and planting those wonderful geraniums along the front edge of the Garden (red and white for the school's colors). 

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 12:53 PM, 05.31.2015

Eastside Greenway Plans to Connect 19 Greater Cleveland Communities with Bike and Pedestrian Paths

Imagine living close to a trail system that connects neighborhoods throughout the eastern portion of Cuyahoga County with employment centers, transit, services, parks and green spaces. Imagine walking or biking to school, work, the store, or a park. Imagine being able to bike from the Euclid Creek Reservation to the Shaker Median Trail, or from Rockefeller Park to the North Chagrin Reservation. Imagine the Eastside Greenway.The Eastside Greenway  will increase pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in and between the eastern portion of Cleveland and 18 suburbs: East Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Highland Hills, North Randall, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Euclid, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Bratenahl, Orange Village and Warrensville Heights. Leaders from these cities are working alongside planners and other regional organizations, like the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, LAND studio, the Cleveland Metroparks, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Bike Cleveland, to develop a plan for the greenway that can be used to guide the way to implementation.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:11 PM, 05.18.2015