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OH - First look: Cleveland Metroparks releases bold vision for remaking Lake Erie shoreline with recycled river sediment

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Metroparks and other public agencies want to transform part of the city’s East Side lakefront from a hard, mean-looking edge of sheet piling and boulders into tranquil coves and wetlands sheltered by a new offshore “isle.’'

That’s the core vision of CHEERS, the happy-sounding acronym for Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Study, a yearlong, $251,000 planning project that marks a first step toward protecting part of the lakefront that’s especially vulnerable to heavy storms.

In an online forum Thursday at 7 p.m., Metroparks will unveil initial plans to use recycled sediment dredged from the bottom of the Cuyahoga River to create roughly 80 acres of parkland between the East 55th Street Marina and Gordon Park. Public comments will be welcome. Go to

The goal of the project, which could take 15 to 25 years to complete, is to thicken a section of shoreline where Interstate 90 curves so close to the water that the highway had to shut down when hit by 20-foot waves during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

An opening in the lakefront breakwall to the north leaves the area fully exposed to the lake’s fury when storms blow from the north or northeast.

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