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Cleveland Foundation pledges $5 million to link the lake and the river
The gift is part of the foundation's 100th anniversary and it's embracing of the lake

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The Lake Link will connect the Cuyahoga River to Lake Erie with a hiking and biking trail.
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The Cleveland Foundation is putting up $5 million for the Cleveland Metroparks and Trust for Public Land to build a trail linking the lakefront to the Flats.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the latest roll-out of the foundation’s 100th anniversary celebration.

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The hiking and biking trail will extend from the westbank of the Flats up through Whiskey Island, following the path of an old – and overgrown rail line.

The Cleveland Foundation’s executive vice president, Bob Eckardt says the grant is key to linking two of the region’s key assets – and the rest of the region.

“We were given as a community the river and the lake, and too often have turned out back to them. And I think now we’re really facing them and we’re seeing, ‘Gee, these really not that far. Wouldn’t it be great to connect them as well.’”

Eckhart says the MetroParks have already started clearing the dense brush that covers much of the tracks, and that the four-phases of the work should be done by 2016.

The gift is part of a year-long celebration of the foundation’s 100thanniversary. Earlier this year, it announced a commitment of $8 million to revamp Cleveland’s Public Square.

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