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Dike 14 nearer to opening
Nature has converted a dredging dump into a unique part of the Lake Erie shoreline
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Google maps is already renaming Dike 14 as the "Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve"
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The public will be able to explore a unique area of the Lake Erie shoreline beginning perhaps as early as this summer.

Today (wed), a Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority committee took the first step to open up the Dike 14 Nature Preserve. Nature lovers have been clamoring for years for access to site about four miles east of downtown Cleveland. 

The nearly 90-acre peninsula started as a place for the city to dump dredged silt.  For the last decade, it’s been fenced-off to the public, and   Port Authority President William Friedman says nature has transformed it.

Friedman on the evolution of Dike 14

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Friedman says the Port Authority’s full board is expected to approve opening Dike 14 at its May 18th meeting.  No specific opening date has been set, but Friedman says it will probably open for  just a few days a week at first.  He hopes Cleveland Metroparks or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will run the site.
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Related WKSU Stories

Public meetings to reveal results of environmental assessments of Dike 14
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Dike 14 Spared From New Round of River Dredging
Friday, March 9, 2007

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