Lower Lake Multipurpose Trail
Lower Lake Multipurpose Trail Community Engagement
Monday, October 30, 5:30 pm
Meet at Lower Lake Dam (Brook Rd. & S. Park Blvd.)
We invite you to share your feedback and ideas on a planned paved trail along the north side of South Park Boulevard. Construction of the Lower Lake Multipurpose Trail will begin in spring 2024. Join us to learn more and provide feedback on the Trail’s location. In the event of severe weather, please check this webpage for updates.
The City’s Planning Department is in the process of developing the Lower Lake Multipurpose Trail, a new 10-foot wide asphalt, multi-purpose trail approximately .44 miles in length, located between Lower Lake and South Park Boulevard in Shaker Heights.
The Lower Lake Multipurpose Trail will provide a paved, safe means of accessible, non-motorized transportation and recreational trails south of Lower Lake along South Park Boulevard, while filling the gap in the cycling and pedestrian network by connecting the eastern and western portions of the Shaker parklands.
The western terminus is near the intersection of Coventry Road and South Park Boulevard and the eastern terminus is near the intersection of South Park Boulevard and North Woodland Road, as illustrated in the proposed site location map. The design process and community engagement will help determine the exact location of the final trail.
The Shaker Lakes parklands are a popular recreational destination for residents of Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, and beyond. The history of this linear series of ravines, lakes, natural areas, woods, and greenspace dates to the Shakers, a religious sect that settled here from 1822-1889. Later, the Shaker Lakes parklands were purchased by local developers and soon donated as parklands. The entire site is part of the North Union Shaker Site and the Shaker Village Historic District, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Lower Lake Multipurpose Trail will serve as a connector to the Lake-to-Lakes Trail, a critical 6-mile multipurpose trail for the region, and will continue improving regional and local recreational trail connections and improving access for all users to the Shaker Lakes, a unique and historically significant recreational resource in Northeast Ohio. This new trail will also provide a safe, off-road alternative transportation link and complete a missing link in a “basic” bike suitability network that connects North Woodland to North Park Boulevard via Brook Road. The trail will directly connect to the existing off-road path along North Park, which is identified as a regional greenway connection in the Cuyahoga Greenways Plan.
A $412,000 project budget of local and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) funds will be used for construction of the new trail in 2024. ODNR funds are Clean Ohio Trails funds.
Investments will include a 10’ wide, ADA accessible, multipurpose trail with trail signage and amenities and other enhancements designed to improve both access and safety, while connecting the existing sidewalk and trails around Lower Lake.
For questions or comments, please contact Anna Mates in the Planning Department.