Big progress announced for Irishtown Bend stabilization and future park with skyline views

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/07/big-progress-announced-for-irishtown-bend-stabilization-and-future-park-with-skyline-views.html

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A project to stabilize the Irishtown Bend hillside and create a new park on top of it with spectacular views of the downtown skyline and the Cuyahoga River is gaining money and momentum.

On Friday, the board of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority awarded a contract not to exceed $3.3 million for detailed design work that could lead in 18 months to firm estimates for the cost of stabilizing the hillside, plus construction contracts that could be put out for bids.

Without the work, the hillside could collapse, blocking industrial shipping and rupturing a major sewer line.

Named for a 19th-century Irish immigrant settlement, Irishtown Bend is a long-vacant, weed-choked hillside that descends from behind buildings on West 25th Street to a muddy curve on the Cuyahoga River, where bulkheads have decayed.