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Cleveland Metroparks plans to pour millions into lakefront parks
FEMA and state money will help with some repairs
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Hurricane Sandy wiped out a large part of the Edgewater marina just west of downtown Cleveland.
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The Cleveland Metroparks hopes to spend about $17 million this year on capital improvements at all of its facilities, including the lakefront parks it took over last summer from the state.

During a meeting today, park officials presented board members with proposals including general maintenance, road repair, trail construction, new buildings and erosion repair. Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman says about $9 million is recommended this year to fix up the Gordon, Wildwood, Villa Angela, Euclid Beach and Edgewater lakefront parks.

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"There is some FEMA work that the state is still under contract with: work at Edgewater Marina; there's some shoreline protection areas that need to be shored up as well as the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway. We're also taking money from our capital budget from our 10-year outlay to include almost $4 million more of additional money within this next three-year period."

Zimmerman says over the next three years, the park system hopes to spend more than $17 million solely on the lake-front parks; $14 million of that came from the state. The Cleveland Metroparks board will vote on this year’s capital proposals at its March 27th meeting.

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