Monday, November 7, 2011

Lake Metroparks 10-year Strategic Plan - The Urbanized Lake Plain

Lake Metroparks’ approach to planning and formulating strategic actions was to divide Lake County into six diverse districts. The establishment of districts will better enable the park district to focus future investment decisions on the unique opportunities and specific needs that exist within each district. The distinctive geography that defines Lake County has influenced development patterns and created unique districts.

The first of these districts is called the Urbanized Lake Plain.

Urbanized Lake Plain
Characterized by a relatively flat plain, the westernmost section of the county was easily developed and can be viewed as an expansion of Cleveland’s eastern suburbs into Lake County. The Chagrin River winds its way through the plain creating the district’s singular but dominant natural feature. The Urbanized Lake Plain includes the communities of Wickliffe, Willowick, Eastlake, Lakeline, Timberlake and Willoughby. 

Lake Metroparks included in the district are:
Chagrin River Park
Gully Brook Park
Lakefront Lodge
Parsons Gardens
Pine Ridge Country Club

Future Objectives
Because of its highly urbanized character, the natural resource identity of the district is currently limited. The key to success in strengthening that identity in the future lies in extending Chagrin River Park by establishing links between riverfront parkland surrounding community parks and Lake Erie. 

Click here to download the Urbanized Lake Plain information sheet.

In a continuing effort to meet the needs and desires of all Lake County residents, Lake Metroparks periodically reviews its approach to fulfilling the agency’s mission and goals. The park district has recently created a ten-year strategic plan that will inform decision-making with regard to policies, operations, maintenance and capital improvements over the next decade.

Lake Metroparks’ strategic plan examines how to best fulfill the agency's mission given the current and projected economic, demographic and environmental trends facing Lake County and the surrounding region.

For more information about Lake Metroparks' Ten-year Strategic Plan Executive Summary, click here.

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