Origins and Intent
The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (County Planning) first introduced the Cuyahoga County Greenspace Plan and Greenprint in 2002.
Even as the most urbanized county in Ohio, Cuyahoga County was fortunate to have a significant inventory of open space. However, in many areas its use was limited by fragmented ownership, degraded by mismanagement or poor planning, or remained inaccessible by the general public. County leadership recognized the value of this remaining open space, in terms of the long term benefits that parks, trails, and recreation amenities contribute to environmental protection, how these green space areas improve our quality of life, and how redevelopment opportunities may be enhanced.
The original Greenprint functioned as a web-based map inventory. County Planning mapped and illustrated the current locations of parks, greenspace corridors, waterways, roadways and trails, and included community centers, activity centers, and town centers. It also highlighted priority areas for protection, restoration, trail development, and other “green” improvements. Though available through the County Planning Commission website, the Greenprint remained a static map featuring 2002 data, and its applicability was limited as a downloadable .pdf file.
Advances in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology have allowed County Planning to repurpose the 2015 Greenprint as a “live” document, a fully-interactive mapping tool that can be readily updated to reflect current conditions in our built and natural, unbuilt environment. Further, the Greenprint now exists across several platforms, and can now reach a larger potential audience of users.
Each of the topical chapters in the Greenprint Guide Book provides a descriptive overview of the natural feature, rationale for the importance and value of this natural asset in our community, and recommended land use practices for communities and land owners. At the end of each section are links to a wide range of valuable resources and additional information on this topic.