The Resources Section is divided into 4 areas:

  1. The Cleveland area Waterfront

  2. Ohio’s Lake Erie Waterfront

  3. Waterfront planning in general

  4. Other waterfronts: Toronto & the Province of Ontario’s Waterfront Trail

The Plain Dealer, mainly through Steve Litt, provides a great source of information on the waterfront here

Search for articles like First Energy Lakeshore Plant, North Coast Harbor, Pedestrian Bridge, Main Ave Design Competition, East Side Lakefront Greenway, Tiger Grant Metroparks, Irishtown Bend and others.

*See Project Updates on this website for direct links


City of Cleveland –

Click on City Departments and select City Planning Commission, Waterfront Plans are listed as Special Purpose Plans and include:

  • Connecting Cleveland: The Waterfront District Plan (2004)

  • Cleveland’s Lakefront Development (2014)

  • Cleveland’s Downtown Lakefront Plan (2012)

  • North Coast Pedestrian Bridge (2009)

  • Dike 14 (2006)

  • US Coast Guard Station (Old) (2006)

The Department of Port Control has responsibility for Burke Lakefront Airport and North Coast Harbor.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga Count Port Authority –

The Port aims for a balance between work and recreation on Cleveland’s waterfront. Click on ‘Marine and Logistics’ for the business of the port.

Click on ‘Environment & Infrastructure’ for information on green initiatives, dredging, bulkheads,   Irishtown Bend and more.

Cleveland Metroparks –

Celebrating 100 years in 2017 and a Gold Medal Award in 2016 for excellence in Parks and Recreation Management. Cleveland Metroparks is directly funded by voters and has its own board of directors.

Click on About, then Cleveland Metroparks Organization, then Strategic Plan for information on their lakefront planning

Click on Parks, then Visit for info on the 18 reservations that cover 23,000 acres.

3 reservations are on the lakefront: Huntington, Lakefront, and Euclid Creek

LAND Studio –

LAND is a non-profit and was created from a merger of Parkworks and Cleveland Public Art, LAND has a  body of innovative work, click on Projects and then Connected Waterfronts for info on the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail, Red Line Greenway, Irishtown Bend, and other projects

Canalway Partners –

Partnership between the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metroparks, the old Ohio Canal Corridor. The Ohio & Erie Canal of the 1830’s provides the blueprint for the modern Towpath Trail that extends from Cleveland to about 65 miles south. The Towpath Trail project connects Canal Basin Park with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Towpath Trail uses the Cuyahoga River to negotiate its way thru the industrial portion of the Valley.


The West Shoreway project is an Ohio Dept of Transportation (ODOT) project. Lakefront design relies on roadway projects that involve the State and Federal  government.

NE Ohio Regional Sewer District –

Water quality depends on our ability to treat wastewater. Project Clean Lake is proceeding to upgrade the region’s capabilities.



Click on Recreation, then Lake Erie, Guides to beaches and public spaces. There is also a birding guide and coastal atlas. ODNR is the Ohio Dept of Natural Resources


Go to the Related Links on the lower right side of the homepage. The mobile app is new and advises on places of interest depending on location. Ohio Sea Grant has excellent research and info on the health of Lake Erie. A birding guide, info from visitor’s bureaus along the lake, and other info is available.


Green City Blue Lake –

GCBL is part of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The BLUE Project was a joint project of EcoCityCleveland (forerunner of GCBL) and the Cleveland Waterfront Coalition from 2001, It is a primer on waterfront planning showing conditions in Cleveland and other cities. Mainly authored by David Beach. Click on ‘Research,’ then go to Lakefront Design and click on Best Practices for Urban Waterfronts

An aerial tour of Cuyahoga County’s lakefront is available, as well as a lakefront railroad bypass study and more.

Projects for Public Spaces –

Click on Placemaking Resources, then Waterfronts


Toronto & Ontario, Canada –

Waterfront Toronto is a joint effort of the Federal government, Province of Ontario, and City of Toronto.       Other lakefront cities bordering Toronto are included. Click on ‘Our Vision and Projects.’

Ontario, Canada coastal waterfront trails –

Waterfront trail of Ontario, not all dedicated trail, covers 3 Great Lakes (Erie, Ontario, and Huron),   Lake St. Clair, and the Detroit, Niagara, and St. Lawrence Rivers.




The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Great Lakes Information

Great Lakes Information Network

Lake Erie Access Points

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

Lake Erie Travel

Lake Erie Shores and Islands