The City of East Cleveland’s Parks & Greenspace Plan is a community-driven plan for improving the City’s neighborhood parks, strengthening connections to parks, and leveraging parks for new development.
East Cleveland Parks & Greenspace Plan
East Cleveland has a tremendous network of parks and recreation spaces with more than 200 acres of parkland in seven City parks. The City of East Cleveland has more park space per resident than the national average and has historic, expansive parks that would be the envy of other communities.
East Cleveland was awarded funding for this plan through a competitive grant process from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. Building off previous visioning work in the City, County Planning facilitated the planning process by bringing together data, community leaders, citizens, and regional partners to craft a plan for action to improve park spaces, add amenities desired by residents, and use these spaces to enhance the sense of community.
The City of East Cleveland’s Parks & Greenspace Plan consisted of a five-phase process:
Current Conditions: The Current Conditions phase outlined current park amenities, analyzed demographics and land use, and identified areas lacking park space as a baseline for understanding the City’s park system and how it compares locally, regionally, and nationally.
Vision for Parks: In the Vision for Parks phase, residents outlined their vision for how parks should change, expand, or be preserved.
Recommendations: In the Recommendations phase, action steps were identified that can be taken to achieve the community’s vision for parks.
Implementation: The Implementation phase outlined priorities and responsibilities for actions to show how to accomplish them.
Parks & Greenspace Plan Document: In this final phase, the previous pieces were combined into a complete, final document.
Questions or comments about the East Cleveland Parks & Greenspace Plan should be directed to:
Mr. James Sonnhalter
Manager, Planning Services
Cuyahoga County Planning Commission