Statement Regarding Transfer of Lakefront Property
On Thursday, May 30, Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners approved a long-term lease with the City of Cleveland for approximately 511 acres of lakefront parks. This action is a pivotal step in a process that will allow Cleveland Metroparks to assume management of certain lakefront properties that were previously run by the State of Ohio. The property transfer is expected to close in early June.
The properties include Villa Angela, Wildwood, Euclid Beach, Gordon and Edgewater parks and the East 55th Street Marina that are spaced out along 14 miles of lakefront property.
On April 1, 2013, Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that included a measure to terminate the lease with the city of Cleveland and transfer management of the parks to the city. On April 23, Cleveland City Council voted unanimously to transfer management of the 14 miles of lakefront property to Cleveland Metroparks. The Park District will also receive $14 million in state funds to assist with the transition and provide for necessary upgrades.
“Helping transform Cleveland’s lakefront is a key strategic direction for Cleveland Metroparks,” said Brian Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer. “The Park District is committed to bringing our high standards for park management to the lakefront properties. Today’s action by the Board of Park Commissioners follows months of discussion, due diligence and hard work among state, city and Cleveland Metroparks leadership.”