City of Euclid


Euclid Waterfront Improvements

Euclid, Ohio

.75 miles of shoreline/1.2 km

Engineering, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning

Merit Award - Unbuilt Works

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“Lake Erie is a positive asset, and making the lake available for public use not only gives the community recreation, but it will also create significant economic development.”

—Mayor Bill Cervenik


SmithGroupJJR is working with the City of Euclid to realize an ambitious, multiphase plan for revitalizing the Ohio city’s Lake Erie waterfront. The guiding master plan details recommendations for expanded public access, creation of new sand and cobble beaches, enhanced shoreline habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species, a large public recreational marina, redevelopment of underutilized, vacant properties and improved regional trail connections. SmithGroupJJR has also helped the city secure more than $2.1 million in funding. The plan is already spurring public-private partnerships and private investment in the community, with more than $17 million in new construction and renovation recently completed within the nearby downtown and adjacent shoreline areas.

The Sims Park Fishing Pier and accessible trails mark the first phase of plan implementation, providing expanded fishing access and improved connection to the park’s trails. The completion of this popular destination was a key milestone for the community, helping to broaden its appreciation for what a remarkable resource its waterfront can be. The City and SmithGroupJJR are currently moving forward with the next phase of design and permitting: a .75-mile series of public pathways and boardwalks interwoven with innovative shoreline protection, habitat and recreational enhancements.