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Cleveland's Irishtown Bend Park project secures necessary funding, set to open in 2026

Irishtown Bend Park will connect Ohio City on Cleveland's near west side to the Flats, downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie. The Cleveland Metroparks will provide $3.3 million to build a riverfront trail that will become the missing link that finally connects the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to Lake Erie. "This is really a once-in-a-generation opportunity to link our neighborhoods down to the waterfront and create a public space that everyone can enjoy," McNair said. Irishtown Bend is steeped in Cleveland history -- where Irish immigrants working at the docks built their shanties on the sloping banks of the Cuyahoga River. The land is too soft to construct buildings, but planners saw its potential. The project also included input from residents at nearby Riverview Towers since the park would become the nation's first waterfront park directly attached to public housing. READ MORE: https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/cleveland/irishtown-bend-park-cleveland-project-2026/95-dc01ce35-3da1-48c8-934b-d63c890d7b8d

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