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Bill would see Cleveland take over lakefront parks

9:20 AM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --  A proposal in the Ohio House would return a string of beleaguered state-managed Cleveland lakefront parks to the control of the city.

The Plain Dealer reports that the provision was included in a transportation bill introduced in Columbus this week.

It proposes that the city take over Cleveland Lakefront State Park, a string of six parks along the lakeshore beset with maintenance and crime problems.

The bill calls for termination of a 50-year lease between Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It also authorizes the state to spend $14 million as part of the agreement.

Cleveland Metroparks has long been considered the likely manager of the parks if the city regains control. The idea has the support of city officials.

The Associated Press

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