Irishtown Bend's Riverfront Park Could Either Get a New Zip Line Or a Farmers Market

click to enlarge Overhead view of Irishtown Bend, that could soon become one of Cleveland's premier parks. - Photo via aerialagents/Instagram
Photo via aerialagents/Instagram
Overhead view of Irishtown Bend, that could soon become one of Cleveland's premier parks.
There's two directions Irishtown Bend could go. The rundown area on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River currently being renovated into a 17-acre riverfront park could either turn into a pavilion for picnics, farm terraces and a zip line, or a "rolling lawn, natural meadows, a farmer's market and a 'water treatment garden,'" reports.

A meeting will be held tomorrow night at the St. Ignatius High School Breen Center for the Performing Arts from 5:30 to 7:30, to help decide what could be added to Irishtown Bend.

Tom McNair, executive director of Ohio City Inc., the nonprofit leading this effort with the Port of Cleveland, LAND Studio, and City of Cleveland, told Scene in an email:
The point of the meeting will be for our consultants to present their ideas for the hillside which are based on feedback they’ve received from the public to this point. Those ideas are essentially shown through two concepts, though those concepts just allow them to talk about a multitude of possibilities. The meeting, after the presentation, will be interactive and all attendees will be able to give feedback via comment cards that are being designed for people to both comments generally about what they like and what concerns they have, but also to choose from different thematic images that best convey the feel of different components that they like.

After this feedback is collected the consultants will be focused on articulating the vision with the image collected, and we will begin focusing on how to implement the hillside stabilization through that vision. Tomorrow night will be the best opportunity for the public to weigh in before that direction is set.

But before the park can begin construction it is necessary to fix the hillside in order to avoid a collapse. Back in 2015, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority presented their findings in a study on the deteriorating hill, saying it could cost $50 million to fix. A significant decrease from when the Army Corps of Engineers estimated repairs at $240 million.

Although there's still a lot of work ahead before any physical changes can happen to Irishtown Bend, McNair and other planners told that "proposals could be ready for presentation to the city's planning commission by Sept. 1."
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