Cleveland Metroparks take over six beaches, lakefront parks; Improvements planned

CLEVELAND - Priscilla Colville worked in New York until retiring 17 years ago.

She moved to Cleveland because New York was too expensive and she chose to live across the street from Lake Erie

She walks her dog every day and enjoys the scenery at Euclid Beach Park, even on rainy days.

As she walked by the news conference in the park announcing the transfer of park control from the state of Ohio, which has operated the parks for 35 years  to the Cleveland Metroparks, Colville rejoiced.

"It means this beach will be preserved and taken care of," Colville said.

Cleveland Metroparks, which also manages the zoo, has a reputation for keeping parks in great shape

It's expected they'll transform 455 acres of Cleveland lakefront parks, including Edgewater, Euclid and the East 55th Street Marina.

The state will kick in $14 million for improvements over the next three years.

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