Mayor Jackson’s Waterfront Tour: The Future of Waterfront Development in Cleveland

On Wednesday, September 17th, Mayor Jackson conducted the second waterfront tour of his administration aboard the Goodtime III entitled Back to the Future II: The Waterfront Tour. The tour, which was attended by over 370 guests and members of the media, provided first-hand looks at locations along the waterfront where the City of Cleveland has planned development.

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The tour was narrated by the City’s Chief of Regional Development Edward Rybka and Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman. Mayor Jackson conducted a similar tour five years ago and used the latest as a comparison to highlight the accomplishments and achievements made in the process of transforming the City’s waterfront.

Projects and development covered during the tour included:

  • The redevelopment of North Coast Harbor
  • The North Coast Harbor pedestrian bridge
  • Downtown lakefront amenities and access
  • Coast Guard station renovation
  • Willow street bike lanes
  • The Flats East Bank Project
  • Flats West Bank development
  • The Lake Link Trail
  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium
  • Canal Basin Park/ Towpath Trail
  • The Metropark’s Rivergate
  • Cleveland Skate Park
  • Scranton Flats/Towpath Trail
  • New Innerbelt Bridges near Tow Path Trail

The theme of the night was focused on how the city is using these projects in order to rebuild and connect people to the waterfront.  Mayor Jackson emphasized that his goals for all waterfront development projects include protecting natural resources, encouraging economic development, increasing maritime trade, and creating opportunities for recreation and quality of life amenities. “Cleveland is one of the few American cities with both a riverfront and a lakefront,” said Mayor Jackson. “Our waterfront helped build this city and will serve as a vital part of Cleveland’s future – if we can do it right.”

Read the entire transcript from the waterfront tour here

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