(Cleveland Metroparks) – Cleveland Metroparks this week officially unveiled the new Euclid Beach Pier in Euclid Creek Reservation. The new pier is 315-feet long and 16 to 24 feet wide, extending 150 feet over Lake Erie. The newest park amenity was designed to improve accessibility and offers guests clear views of the downtown skyline and historic Euclid Beach shoreline that can be enjoyed from permanent benches and Adirondack chairs.
The pier features three custom archways that pay homage to the historic park and former Euclid Beach Amusement Park. Silhouettes by local artist Brinsley Tyrrell are incorporated in the ironwork and feature images of dancers, carousel horses, steamships, the Thriller Car, Rocket Ship Car, Laughing Sal, and more.
“The new Euclid Beach Pier plays a pivotal role in connecting the community with the lakefront,” says Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman. “It not only offers a picturesque location for gathering with family and friends but expands opportunities for nature-based education and programming.”
The new pier is built to endure the severe lake conditions Lake Erie can experience through the winter. Cleveland Metroparks Planning and Design team managed the project, which included several rounds of public input and an extensive permitting process. KS Associates and Nerone & Sons, both Cleveland based firms, provided the engineering and general contracting, respectively.
The $2.5 million-dollar project was supported by Cleveland Metroparks capital improvement funds, the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund, the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The pier, and its associated improvements, completes the second major phase of overall enhancements to the lakefront portion of Euclid Creek Reservation. Since 2013, Cleveland Metroparks has made a series of improvements, including the connection of off-shore breakwaters with submerged sills resulting in a sustainable swim area, a new pedestrian bridge over Euclid Creek connecting the park, Villa Angela bathhouse renovations, sustainable stormwater improvements to the Wildwood Marina parking lot, installation of Destination Cleveland’s ‘Cleveland’ script sign, recent capital and operational improvements to Wildwood concessions and marina, and a new management center that services Euclid Creek Reservation.
Guests can enjoy the new Euclid Beach pier as summer programming at the park begins to ramp up. Cleveland Metroparks free weekly summer concerts at the park kick off Friday, May 31 from 6 – 9 p.m. with Euclid Beach LIVE presented by Dollar Bank and continue every Friday through August 2nd, 2019. Other free live music events include Urban Line Dance Instruction and an African Drum Circle. Ponder at the Pier, Flowers Along the Creek, and Birds, Blooms & Butterflies are among the naturalist-led programs at Euclid Creek Reservation. For a full schedule of free programs visit clevelandmetroparks.com.