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SN: a great infill project in the heart of the rust belt, Cleveland, OH, transforming decaying and underused parking lots into a landmark park along the Erie Canal. The park will also incorporate historical reproductions of key features of the Ohio & Erie Canal circa the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Cleveland City Planning Commission approves early plan for Canal Basin

CLEVELAND, Ohio’s Planning Commission on Friday enthusiastically approved an early “framework” plan for the proposed Canal Basin Park, a 20-acre public space that would celebrate the Ohio & Erie Canal and how it helped shape the city.

“It’s truly extraordinary,” said Tim Tramble, a member of the Planning Commission. “I think it’s going to be a great contributor to the consistent in-migration to our city.”

The plan describes how an area twice the size of Public Square would be transformed from crumbling parking lots and weed-choked remnants of the canal to one of the city’s most important parks.

The park will ultimately serve as the northern gateway to the Towpath Trail, which when finished will connect the city to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and other points to the south.

“I believe it will be a national model for how to recover an urban space that’s been damaged and abused,” said Craig Kenkel, superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.