About Big Creek Watershed

Big Creek, the 3rd largest tributary of the Cuyahoga River, enters the Cuyahoga River 7.4 miles above the mouth of the Cuyahoga in Cleveland at Lake Erie. Big Creek's watershed contains over 130 miles of streams and culverts. Together they drain nearly 38 square miles from 8 municipalities — Cleveland, Brooklyn, Linndale, Parma, Parma Heights, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, and North Royalton. Over 90% of the watershed’s area has been developed and nearly 40% of the land surface has been made impervious, making Big Creek the most heavily urbanized watershed of any major tributary in the Cuyahoga River Watershed. This degree of urbanization provides tremendous challenge…and opportunity!

View larger pdf map from the FOBC brochure (print version mailed upon request)

Denison Avenue and Triskett Road bound Big Creek roughly on the north, I-71 on the west and State Road on the east. The southern boundary slopes in a rough diagonal line running from near Snow Road near I-71 to Pleasant Valley Road between West 130th and York to Wallings Road near State Road.

Watershed map


Map courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission

FOBC Conceptual Plans for Proposed Trail Alignments

Big Creek greenway/parkway -
Envisioned in a 1920 Cuyahoga County road map, circulated by William A. Stinchcomb, during a term as county engineer. Stinchcomb mapped out the "emerald necklace" and is known as the founder, father, chief architect and long-time director of the Cleveland Metropolitian Park District (Cleveland Metroparks).
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Lower Big Creek Valley Greenway Redevelopment & Restoration Plan: prepared by Floyd Browne Group in association with schmidtcopelandparkerstevens, June 2008. Project partners: Cleveland Metroparks, City of Cleveland, Ohio Canal Corridor, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation.

The plan presents "a new vision for the Valley Greenway. The creation of this vision incorporates detailed future land use, public access, infrastructure, ecological restoration and environmental regeneration, open space and trail linkages and economic development concepts."

Section One: 1. Introduction; 2. Valley Resources; 3. Public Involvement; 4. Trail Route Alternatives; 5. Trail & Greenway Concept (Upland & Valley Trail Descriptions (19MB)
Section Two: 7. Environmental Regeneration Efforts; 8. Suggested Land Use Changes (Camping Site, Adventure Sports Site, Harshaw Chemical Site, Ecological Restoration - Henninger Landfill, Martin Enterprises Aggregates, Brookside Auto Recycling Yard); 8. Priorities & Next Steps; 9. Funding Strategies (34MB)
Appendix B - Master Plan Maps (27MB)


Lower Big Creek Study: Land Use, Environmental and Transportation Conditions in the Lower Big Creek Area of Cleveland, Ohio: An Assessment and Strategy for Future Action Phase 1 Report Final 2002
Comprehensive planning effort in the Lower Big Creek Valley area in the City of Cleveland east of Ridge Road and south of the I-71 Corridor to the Cuyahoga River focusing on the valley east of Pearl Road and the upland neighborhoods of Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Center. Includes environmental, land use, transportation, and recreational and economic development elements. Principal author: John Beeker, PhD. 228 pages
Executive Summary

State of Big Creek Report, Cuyahoga River RAP + NOACA April, 2001 (278K pdf- 26 pages)

Aerial photos of Lower Big Creek:
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Aerial: Big Creek from Metroparks Zoo east to Cuyahoga River

Aerial: Big Creek from Brooklyn east to Metroparks Zoo

Aerial: Big Creek north course through Brooklyn with Stickney Creek

Aerial: Big Creek from Big Creek Reservation south into Brooklyn