SmithGroup's guiding master plan details recommendations for expanded public access, creation of new sand and cobble beaches, enhanced shoreline habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species, a large public recreational marina, redevelopment of underutilized, vacant properties and improved regional trail connections. SmithGroup has also helped the city secure more than $2.1 million in funding. The plan is already spurring public-private partnerships and private investment in the community, with more than $17 million in new construction and renovation recently completed within the nearby downtown and adjacent shoreline areas.
The first phase of the plan included a public fishing pier, which would become a key step toward illustrating the community’s commitment to implementing the plan’s recommendations and bolstering the support needed for further investment. The construction of a ¾-mile lakefront public access trail paralleling coastal structures and new beaches that stabilize the shoreline and enhance resilience marked the plan’s second phase. Future planned phases include the development of a recreational marina, a public beach house for community events, and a nature-based playground. When completed, the project will vastly enhance transportation connectivity by linking two public lakefront parks, underinvested neighborhoods, Euclid’s central business district and the Lake Erie Coastal Lakefront Bikeway.
SmithGroup helped the City of Euclid secure more than $13 million in funding toward the construction of the lakefront improvements. The plan is already spurring investment and public-private partnerships in the community: more than $17 million in federal, state, local and private funds support construction and renovation projects in adjacent shoreline areas and downtown. Euclid’s award-winning plan demonstrates that a public waterfront is not only an enjoyable amenity for its residents, but also an economic development tool and strategy that supports more equitable lakefront access for all.