CLEVELAND -- A missing link has been added to the Emerald Necklace.
Gov. John Kasich, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Metroprarks Brian Zimmerman made it official Thursday morning, effective immediately.
At Euclid Beach Park they signed an agreement turning over management of the parks to the Metroparks.
Zimmerman says the overall goal is to raise the standards of the Cleveland lakefront to the standards of the Cleveland Metroparks in terms of safety, cleanliness and user-friendly areas.
The city owns the parks and It had leased them to the state to manage and, in a three-way deal, management is now being assumed by the Metroparks.
The state is providing $14 million for needed upgrades and improvements.
Zimmerman said there will be immediate changes but this is a long-term process.
State lawmakers this year decided to let the city take over Cleveland Lakefront State Park, a string of six parks along the lakeshore beset with maintenance and crime problems.
The bill in the Ohio Legislature terminated a 50-year lease between Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.