Irishtown Bend (ITB), once the site of a 19th-century Irish shantytown, is a largely deserted, overgrown green oasis that in recent years has geologically moved, slipping enough to split roads and shake up a major sewer line. Because of this, in 2017 a community-based effort created a vision of what the future greenspace could look like. Since then, a coalition of governmental and nonprofit partners have been working together in order to stabilize the hillside and build a 23-acre, waterfront park, replacing and vacant land and buildings with a welcoming space open to all people in Ohio City, Cleveland, and beyond. That space will provide incredible views of the downtown skyline, which has been obstructed for decades.
Additionally, the new Irishtown Bend Park will improve connections between Ohio City and the Flats, Downtown, the Cuyahoga Riverfront, and Lake Erie through the completion and connection of regional trails like the Redline Greenway, the Towpath Trail, and more.
Demolition of existing buildings, which happened this past spring, marked the beginning of the next phase in this process. Including a recently launched effort to conduct more community outreach and engagement with those living closest to the proposed project and the creation of a small Committee of Champions, hyper-local residents who are guiding the project team in engagement with the rest of the community in an equitable fashion.
With the help of the Committee of Champions and the entirety of the project team, it is time to start designing the final Irishtown Bend Park, moving from the vision of 2017 to the reality of this beautiful 23-acre change to the face of Cleveland. We are inviting and asking for your input, advice, and support as we move forward.