Celebrate Trails Day | Cleveland

Celebrate Trails 2023


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Celebrate Trails Day | Cleveland

Come Celebrate Trails in Cleveland on April 22nd with this unprecedented opportunity to go for a casual bicycle ride with Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne, and Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman!

This special ride will begin and end at iconic Merwin’s Wharf, with a route highlighting the past, present, and future of Cleveland’s emerging trail network. With so many major new projects on the horizon, this will be a first-of-its-kind opportunity to view the future with the leaders that will usher vision into reality.

Riders can expect to use both trails and roads during the 5-7 mile route, but they will be in good hands with assistance from Bike Cleveland and squad support from Slow Roll Cleveland.

Hosted on the fourth Saturday of April, Celebrate Trails Day is an annual spring celebration of America’s trails. Started by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in 2013, the celebration encourages people all across the country to get outside and enjoy the nation’s exceptional trails and trail systems.

Helmets are strongly encouraged, and all participants are required to bring a working bicycle. The Ohio City Bicycle Co-op will be on hand to provide bike safety checks. 

Cleveland’s Celebrate Trails Day event is a collaboration between the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland Metroparks, Slow Roll Cleveland and Bike Cleveland.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023; 1:00-3:00pm 

Location: Merwin’s Wharf (1785 Merwin Avenue, Cleveland, 44113) MAP

Parking: Limited parking at Merwin’s Wharf. Please consider riding to the event, or parking in the lot of the West Side Market.

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During the 2023 Celebrate Trails Day ride we’ll hear about, and ride by a few future trail projects. Here is more information about the projects.

  1. Irishtown Bend (https://courbanize.com/projects/irishtownbendpark/information)

Spanning the western bank of the Cuyahoga River from Detroit Road to Franklin Avenue, the Irishtown Bend Park project will stabilize the hillside, create a 23-acre waterfront park, and complete trail connections between the Red Line Greenway and the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail, ultimately linking to Lake Erie and the Towpath Trail. This project is currently in the design and engineering phase.

  1. Cuyahoga Riverfront Master Plan (https://bedrockdetroit.com/press-releases/riverfront-redefined-bedrock-and-the-city-of-cleveland-unveil-the-cuyahoga-riverfront-master-plan/)

Bedrock’s Cuyahoga Riverfront master plan establishes a 15- to 20-year vision for 35 acres of the eastern Cuyahoga riverfront, including shore-to-core connectivity between the Cuyahoga River and Public Square through Tower City Center. The master plan includes direction for riverfront boardwalk, trail connectivity, and the potential addition of over 2,000 residential units, 850,000 square feet of office space, and more than 12 acres of public space.

  1. Memorial Bridges Loop (https://www.bikecleveland.org/memorial-bridges-loop/)

The Memorial Bridges Loop connects the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Detroit-Superior) and the Hope Memorial Bridge (Lorain-Carnegie) to create a three-mile bicycling and walking loop and regional link to the surrounding trail network. In 2022, the portion of the trail along West Huron Road and Ontario Street secured a $432,000 federal grant and is currently in design.

  1. Detroit-Superior Bridge Lower Deck

Historically home to regular streetcar service until the 1950s, the lower level of the Detroit-Superior Bridge is currently inaccessible to the public except for periodic special events. In partnership with stakeholders, Cuyahoga County is working to reinvigorate a planning process to assess the feasibility of potential future public access and connectivity.

  1. North Coast Connector (https://clevelandnorthcoast.com/)

The North Coast Connector is a proposed land bridge connecting the grassy lawns of Mall C and City Hall to the lakefront. It would span over the railroad tracks and the Shoreway to restore access and repair a divide that is more than a century old. The City of Cleveland is currently leading a process to determine feasible alternatives for this connection.

  1. Superior Midway (midwaycle.org)

The Midway is a vision for connected bikeways across Cleveland that physically separate bicycle riders from vehicles using treatments such as landscaping or other amenities. The first Midway segment will provide a safe, convenient, and comfortable link along Superior Avenue between E. 55th Street and Public Square. The Superior Midway begins design this Spring.

  1. Lorain Midway

The Lorain Midway is a west-side complement to the Superior Midway, and will span Lorain Avenue from W. 20th Street to W. 65th Street as a sidewalk level separated bikeway connecting the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge to the Red Line Greenway and other neighborhood amenities. The City is beginning preliminary engineering this Summer while working to raise additional funding for construction.

  1. RAISE Cleveland Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning (https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/about/planning-design/raise-cleveland-bicycle-pedestrian-planning)

In 2021, Cleveland Metroparks was awarded a RAISE planning grant from the US Department of Transportation to advance design of four east side trail connections of regional significance.

  1. Slavic Village-Downtown Connector will link the Slavic Village neighborhood to Downtown Cleveland along Broadway Avenue.
  2. Iron Court Connector (Broadway to Opportunity Corridor) will link the Slavic Village-Downtown Connector to the existing Opportunity Corridor multiuse path, providing an off-road connection for residents from Downtown to University Circle.
  3. Morgana Run Extension will connect the existing Morgana Run Trail to Mill Creek Falls and the Garfield Reservation, providing Slavic Village and Union Miles residents direct access to more than 6.4 miles of existing trails.
  4. Euclid Creek Greenway will connect the Euclid Creek Reservation with the Lakefront Reservation, creating 6 miles of direct connectivity to existing parks and trail connections.


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