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CLEVELAND LAKEFRONT STATE PARK

CLEVELAND LAKEFRONT STATE PARK

The CLEVELAND LAKEFRONT STATE PARK, with administrative headquarters at 8701 Lake Shore Blvd. in GORDON PARK, was established in 1978 by the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (Div. of Parks) at the request of the City of Cleveland and functions under a lease agreement (1977) between the department and the city. The agreement provides that the state, which allocated $5 million for capital improvements for Cleveland lakefront parks, be responsible for the maintenance, development, and improvement of park areas along the Lake Erie shoreline, including EDGEWATER PARK, the E. 55th St. Marina, the lakefront section of Gordon Park, Wildwood Park at the foot of Neff Rd., and EUCLID BEACH PARK. By 1984, a 100-year master plan detailing systematic development of the park was partially implemented by many additions and improvements, including facilities for fishing, boating, swimming, and picnicking and day-use facilities at all designated park areas. In 1990 12 acres were purchased from the former Villa Angela campus of Villa Angela-St. Jos. High School to be added to the Euclid Beach segment, bring the total acreage of the park to 462.