Lighthouse Park opens this month in Cleveland’s warehouse district

CLEVELAND – A pocket park paying homage to Cleveland’s original lighthouse that stood on the corner of West 9e The main street and avenue are nearing completion and a grand opening celebration is planned for later this month.

Lighthouse Park is a project that has been in the works for years and was planned with a desire to celebrate the historic site while improving pedestrian connections between the Warehouse District and The Flats, according to a press release from the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA). .

The park includes landscaping, seating, swings, an electrical hookup for device charging and a light bar element, the statement said. The project also adds bike racks and crosswalk improvements on Main Avenue at West 9e and 10e Streets.

Lighthouse Park in Cleveland’s Warehouse District, opening late August.

During the design of the park, residents were asked how they would use it and what amenities they would like to see there.

Lighthouse Park in Cleveland’s Warehouse District, opening late August.

“As we engaged with the community on the park, we were continually reminded how important spaces like this are in a neighborhood – as a place to just hang out with your dog outdoors and take in the fun. ‘air,” said Thomas Starinsky, vice president of urban planning. and Design, DCA. “It was important for the organization to build on experimental pop-up parks and come up with a park like this with high-quality design, quality craftsmanship, and swing sets.”

A grand opening celebration is planned at Lighthouse Park on August 24, 2022 at 3 p.m., organizers said. It will include a live musical performance, light refreshments and food, as well as remarks from Mayor Justin Bibb, DCA President and CEO Michael Deemer, and other project funders and contributors.

The park is built around six steps and a brick wall, the only remnants of Cleveland’s first lighthouse.

RELATED: Have you ever wondered why these steps and this wall are on the corner of Main Avenue and West 9th?

Watch our story about Cleveland’s unique landmark below:

The Mysterious Steps on Main Avenue and West 9th Street

The original lighthouse cost $8,000 to build and the stone tower was 55 feet tall with 11 lamps and 14-inch reflectors, according to Lighthousefriends, which did a comprehensive history of Cleveland lighthouses.

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Western Reserve Historical Society.

Main and Water Lighthouse (now W. 9th) in the 1870s.

The lighthouse was a reflection of the times. In the 1820s and 1830s, the young town was beginning to grow because of shipping, and ships needed guidance to enter the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.

The project was funded with federal funds through the Northeast Ohio Regional Coordinating Agency, The Cleveland Foundation, The Ohio and Erie Canalway Strategic Initiative Program, The George Gund Foundation , private donations, DCA and the Warehouse District Development Corporation.

“If we want to have a positive impact on the quality of life in our community, we must continue to cultivate partnerships where the City works with non-profit organizations and provides great opportunities like Lighthouse Park to become a reality,” said said Bibb. .

For more information on the project, the history of the lighthouse and the surrounding park, click here.

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