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Cleveland Metroparks' TIGER Trails project set to re-connect lakefront in 2021

The two lakefront projects are pieces of a five-part project to connect the west side of Cleveland and downtown through a six-mile loop.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metroparks is transforming the city's lakefront as construction continues on their TIGER Trails project.

The project, which consists of five individual trail projects, will construct a six-mile loop, including a new bridge, and fill critical gaps in the transportation network through the city of Cleveland.

The Whiskey Island Connector trail is currently under construction and will link Edgewater Park and the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway to the Wendy Park Bridge, another one of the trail projects. The Connector is 1.25 miles long and will provide quick and easy access to Wendy Park on Whiskey Island.

The $6 million bridge, the Wendy Park Bridge project, will link the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail Lake Link to Wendy Park.

Both the Whiskey Island Connector and the Wendy Park Bridge are anticipated to be finished by March of 2021.

Funding for the five projects comes through way of a $7.950 million grant that the Cleveland Metroparks won in 2016 for its Re-Connecting Cleveland: Pathways to Opportunity grant application.

Two TIGER projects, the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway Connector and Canal Basin Park Connector, have already been completed are are open for use. Once all projects are completed, the trails and connectors will create a six-mile loop between Cleveland's west side and the west bank of the flats downtown.