COLUMBUS, OH -- A $1.7 million project to stabilize and protect
the upper bluff of Edgewater Park is now underway at Cleveland
Lakefront State Park, according to the Ohio Department of Natural
ODNR engineers have monitored a gradual slip in the bluff over
the last 12 years. Recently, that slippage began to pose a
significant threat to a popular multi-use trail and other park
facilities. The current stabilization project will protect the
integrity of Edgewater Park as a recreational facility and secure
its use for future generations of visitors. All work is slated for
completion in August 2004.
The heavily used recreational trail across the bluff has been
temporarily relocated to the south side of the construction site
for the convenience and safety of park visitors. The park's Circle
Parking Lot will be closed during the construction period.
"We want to maintain the multi-use trail as an important
recreational link between the upper and lower portions of the
park," said Dan West, Ohio State Parks chief. "Once construction
is finished next summer, the trail will be reestablished on its
former site for the bikers, joggers and hikers who use the
facility on a regular basis."
A fenced construction area is located between the parking lot
and the Dansa sculpture. In coming weeks, excavating equipment
will begin stripping away the bluff's damp and unstable topsoil
face to reveal a shale substrata. While the topsoil dries in a
designated area nearby, workers will install a subsurface drainage
system on the shale bluff. The dried topsoil will then be
compacted and replaced over the new drainage system.
Additional planned improvements at the park include a repaved
parking lot and roadways.
About 10.5 million people visit the various units of Cleveland
Lakefront State Park each year to swim, bike, picnic, hike and
boat. It is the most frequently visited state park in Ohio and
affords some of the best skyline vistas of downtown Cleveland.
Anyone seeking further information about the project should
contact Cleveland Lakefront State Park at 216-881-8141.