Dedication Ceremony: May 16, 2008
Location/Ward: Plymouth Road and South Hills
Boulevard, Ward 15
Acreage: 21.12 acres (including Harmody Park)
Project Description: The Department of Parks
restored and preserved 21 acres of prime riparian corridor, wooded ravine
and open space through land acquisition and placement of a conservation
easement. In addition a 2/3-mile asphalt paved, all-purpose trail linking
Harmody Park with the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail was constructed—thereby
creating public access from the surrounding neighborhoods into this
natural ravine and to the Towpath Trail. The trail included retaining
walls of varying heights planted with native plants, interpretive, way
finding and educational signage, scenic lookout areas, custom benches,
and hand crafted timber railings. Restoration elements included erosion
and water quality improvements, native plant installation, invasive
plant removal, and a native grass seed mix and native woodland wildflowers.
1220 West Sixth Street Suite 300
Cleveland OH 44113
Floyd Browne Group
450 Grant Street
Akron OH 44311
Division of Research, Planning & Development
Mark C. Fallon, Commissioner
Donald A. Kasych, Senior Landscape Architect
F. Buddie Contracting, LTD.
12120 Sobieski Avenue
Cleveland OH 44135
Cost: $1,342,265 (construction)
$745,316 Clean Ohio Conservation Fund grant
$498,000 G.O. Bond Proceeds
$40,000 CMHA land donation value
$10,000 Ohio & Erie Canal Association grant to OBCDC
$273,850 value of in-kind service and property
$285,000 Ward 15 G.O.Allocation ($5k Ward 16)
- The Clean Ohio Conservation Fund grant was awarded in 2003. Old
Brooklyn Community Development Corp., Ohio Canal Corridor and Department
of Parks and City Planning staff collaborated on the City’s
- An invasive species plant removal was conducted in November 2005
by James Ford Rhodes High School biology teachers Kim Swaggard-Svec
and Jim Gazda and approximately 25 students. The teachers and students
removed over 1,500 invasive plants that were choking out native species.
They pulled and bagged Japanese knotweed and other non-native plants.
The students learned about invasive plants, public relations (educating
people about the project), science data collection and community awareness
of the importance of greenspace.
- The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District constructed/rehabilitated
the Big Creek Interceptor, part of which is located in the ravine
in 2006/07. Rehabilitation of numerous manholes, catch basins, culvert
headwalls and other stormwater drainage structures were included.
One of five work shafts was constructed in the Treadway Creek ravine
and required temporary and permanent easements from the City of Cleveland.
Construction began in January 2005—the original completion date
was projected as July 2006. Unfortunately, the City of Cleveland was
not allowed to start construction of the trail project until the Big
Creek Interceptor job was completed, which finally was done in May
2007. Interpretive signage about the sewer work was designed with
the assistance of NEORSD staff. The cost of the entire Big Creek Interceptor
project most of which cannot be seen was $12,700,000.
- The Cuyahoga County Engineer provided survey services through Ohio
Canal Corridor equipment grant funds, which saved more than $20,000
for the project.
- The Clean Ohio Conservation Fund required the City to grant a conservation
easement on the greenway. The City is granting the easement to West
Creek Preservation Committee at a cost of $20,000. The Greenway will
be conserved by West Creek for its scenic, natural, aesthetic, recreational,
and education resource in its present state as a natural, scenic,
wooded and riparian area, constituting a natural habitat for plants
and wildlife. Illegal dumping in the ravine, which has been an ongoing
problem, will be eliminated.
- Ohio Canal Corridor a non-profit agency committed to ‘building
a different kind of a park’ has conducted RiverSweep, a clean-up
program that included the Treadway Creek Greenway for the past few
years, including this year’s program on May 10, 2008. Tons of
garbage was removed in this 1,200-strong volunteer effort. Thanks
to the Treadway Creek Greenway Restoration project this year the garbage
was somewhat reduced, however a minority group of ignorant residents
continue to mistreat the ravine.
- Natural resource community education program opportunities are
to be explored by the local schools and the Old Brooklyn Community
Development Corp. In addition, the local councilman proposes a trailblazer
program to be the eyes and ears on the trail. Anyone interested in
joining should contact the Ward 15 Office.
Prepared by: Division of Research, Planning & Development
April 3, 2008
Additional Background Information
Creek Greenway & Trail Openings
December 1, 2007 and May 16, 2008
On December 1st neighbors gathered at Harmody Park to celebrate the opening
of the new all-purpose trail in the Treadway Creek Greenway. Hot chocolate,
cider and pastries were enjoyed as well as golf cart tours of the two-third's
mile-long trail and 20-acre greenway/ravine. See coverage in the January
of the Old Brooklyn News
The official opening of the trail on May 16, 2008
at 8:30 a.m. included U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, City
of Cleveland Mayor Jackson, Cleveland Councilmen Brian Cummins and Kevin
Project Partners and Supporters: City of Cleveland; Cuyahoga
County Engineer; Councilman Brian Cummins, Ward 15; Councilman Kevin
Kelley, Ward 16; Cuyahoga County Natural Resources Assistance Council;
F. Buddie Contracting, Ltd.; Friends of Big Creek; Ohio Canal Corridor;
Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation; Rhodes High School Environmental
Studies; Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens; State of Ohio Issue I - Clean
Ohio Green Space Conservation Program.
It is hoped that there is interest in neighborhood stewardship of the
greenway and trail and that residents will volunteer to assist with
periodic maintenance, environmental management and safety issues.