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Cleveland Metroparks celebrates opening of Brighton Park

The new park is in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood near the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metroparks unveiled its newest 25-acre park Tuesday.

Brighton Park is now a part of Cleveland Metroparks Brookside Reservation. It is a joint project between the Cleveland Metroparks, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and others. 

The park is the result of the restoration project on the former Henninger Landfill. It links the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Brookside Reservation.

At Tuesday's event, representatives from the Cleveland Metroparks, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation (CDC) and local residents and business owners were on hand.

Speakers included:

  • Rich Cochran, President and CEO, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Anthony Brancatelli, Councilman, Cleveland City Council Ward 12
  • Debbie Berry, Vice President, Cleveland Metroparks Board of Park Commissioners
  • Kristin Wilson, President, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation
  • Jim Rokakis, former Cuyahoga County Treasurer

According to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, the old Henninger Landfill was once a dumping ground for discarded construction materials and waste, including parts of the former Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The landfill ceased operations back in the 1980s.

Clean up on the site finished back in 2017, and groundbreaking on the park began in August of 2020.

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