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Green Thumb Award
Cleveland's Metro West Community Development Office (serving Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods) held its Annual Celebration on Jan. 26, 2017. Among the Neighborhood Awards, presented by area councilmen, was a Green Thumb Award to Big Creek Connects by Ward 13 Councilman Tony Brancatelli. The award was for "outstanding contribution to our neighborhood through greenway advocacy and watershed stewardship." The award included a recognition from Cleveland City Council (Council members: Brancatelli – Ward 12, Cummins – Ward 14, Council President Kelley – Ward 13, McCormack – Ward 3 and Zone – Ward 15). Also presented to BCC was a tribute from the Ohio Senate (Senators Michael Skindell, District 23 and Sandra Williams, District 21).
From left: Cleveland Ward 13 Councilman Tony Brancatelli, BCC Board Members Greg Cznadel and Ann Kuula, Metro West Managing Director Adam Stalder, BCC Board Chair Mary Ellen Stasek, BCC Executive Director Bob Gardin
Thanks to everyone who braved the weather and came out to our holiday party. Thank you to the TapStack for the hospitality, to P Jay's Pizza and Happy's Pizza for the "pies" and to Rakauskas Architecture for the meatballs. Check out the splendid cake from Cake Royale that was as delicious as it was beautiful! The generous contributions are greatly appreciated. (Original event notice here)
Thanks to the the GM Foundation for a 2016 $5000 Plant City Grant to Big Creek Connects!
In the news - media coverage:
"Big Creek bike-pedestrian greenway eyed for vicinity of abandoned 'Parma Freeway'," Alison Grant, The Plain Dealer: May 8, 2015, p. A1.
"Trail and greenway planners envision a greener, healthier, more connected future for Cuyahoga County," Steven Litt, cleveland.com: June 13, 2014.
"The Friends of Big Creek take a hike and explore the Oxbow area, " By Mark Holan, Special to the Sun News, March 17, 2014.
"Community Uses Green Space To Combat Storm Water," by Karen Schaefer, WOSU Public Media, August 2, 2013.
"I Did It: Created a watershed group for Big Creek; Small acts for Big Creek," GreenCityBlueLake, February, 2013.
"Friends of Big Creek bring native plants to Parma High," Jack Marschall (Jack's Corner), January 10, 2013, Parma Sun Post.
"Preserving the past, preserving the future: Historical home being restored, sold to preserve Big Creek land," July 17, 2011, by Jaime Anton, The Post.
"Preservation group rehabbing historical North Royalton home on Ridge Road," July 7, 2011, by Sara Macho, Sun News.
"Brooklyn Big Creek Watershed Clean Up turns into fun for volunteers and boy scouts," June 11, 2011, by Mark Holan, Sun News.
"Hikers explore Parma conservation area: West Creek Committee, city share ownership after purchase from Busch family."
Parma Sun Post 05/05/2011 by Mark Holan
"Brook Park considers plan to improve Big Creek watershed"
Sun News 12/02/2010 by Ken Baka
"Parma should preserve land, add storm water detention at Parmatown, study says"
Sun News 11/19/2010 by Bob Sandrick (This article appeared in the 11/18/2010 print issue as "Watershed study challenges Big Creek planners."
"Parma Heights passes resolution for balanced growth initiative"
Sun News 11/16/2010 by Mark Holan
"Group is promoting a cleaner watershed."
Feature article about FOBC by Ken Baka in the Parma
Sun Post 9/24/2009.
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Watershed Grant
NEORSD recognizes that watershed organizations play an
important role in helping local governments and residents
address flooding, erosion, and water quality concerns through innovative
stormwater management practices, and stream and wetland restoration,
and that this work compliments the NEORSD's commitment to clean
water and supports the goals of the Stormwater
Management Program. NEORSD further recognizes the funding challenges
faced by watershed organizations. To address this issue and in an
effort to build and grow organizations' capabilities, NEORSD instituted
a competitive Watershed
Grant Program to provide support for staffing
and operating costs of qualified watershed organizations.
proud to announce qualification and receipt of a Watershed Grant
for the fourth year under this program. We are pleased to be a project
partner in this program and look forward to contributing to NEORSD's
goals for sustainable stormwater management and infrastructure solutions.
Acceptance of the The Big Creek Greenway Trail Alignment and Neighborhood
Connector Plan by the Brooklyn City Council.
April 13, 2009
Sun article [pdf]
Creek Greenway Trail Plan
Master Plan Report
February 2009 - prepared by the Floyd Browne Group [17.4MB pdf ]
Appendix A - Development Guidelines [pdf]
Appendix B - Master Plan Maps
Appendix C - Parcel Ownership
Appendix D - Cost Estimates
Appendix E - Frequently Asked
Trail Questions [pdf]
Adoption of the Lower Big Creek Valley
Greenway Redevelopment & Restoration
Plan by the Cleveland City Planning Commission
February 6, 2009
Thanks to all the contributing partners and all who have stood in
support of this plan that is so important to Cleveland,
the Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods, and to the Big
Creek watershed. The plan will be added to the update of the city master
(Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan). It is a major step toward
the next phases: funding, engineering, construction
Lower Big Creek Valley Greenway Redevelopment & Restoration
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."
report [pdf]. Please note large file size - 79MB. For faster
viewing, download specific sections:
One: 1. Introduction; 2. Valley Resources; 3. Public Involvement;
4. Trail Route Alternatives; 5. Trail & Greenway Concept (Upland
& Valley Trail Descriptions (19MB)
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)
A - Development Guidelines (384K)
B - Master Plan Maps (27MB)
C - Cost Estimate (230K)
D - Public Meetings (160K)
August 10, 2007 - Trail Alignment Study - TLCI Grant awarded
FOBC and project partners were awarded funding for a feasibility study
to connect the Cleveland Metroparks Brookside and Big Creek Reservations
with a trail alignment through the City of Brooklyn. FOBC, Cleveland
Metroparks, and the cities of Cleveland and Parma join the City of
Brooklyn as co-sponsors for the $75,000 study ($60,000 grant with
a $15,000 local match) funded by the federal Transportation for Livable
Communities Initiative (TLCI) grant program.
The Big Creek Greenway Trail Alignment and Neighborhood Connector
Plan will examine potential linkages with surrounding neighborhoods
as well as Brooklyn municipal/office/retail areas. The all purpose
trail network will provide a safe alternative mode of transportation
for its users and identify opportunities for interpretive exhibits
and ecological restoration.
- Brooklyn Sun Journal Aug.
23, 2007 [pdf]
- FOBC News release [pdf]
May 7, 2007 - Watershed Management Plan - CMAG Grant awarded
Big Creek watershed communities of Brooklyn, Parma, Parma Heights,
Brook Park, and the southwest wards of Cleveland partner with FOBC
and the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) to develop a comprehensive
community plan for the Big Creek Watershed. The RAP was awarded a
$20,000 (with 50% local match) Ohio Coastal Management Assistance
Grant to develop the first phase of a Watershed Management Plan—data
collection and analysis of information for Watershed Inventory, Assessment
and Problem Definition.
- Coastal Management Assistance Grants award news release: www.ohiodnr.com/news/may07/0522coastalgrants.htm
news release [pdf]
Old Brooklyn News June
2008 [pdf 8.6MB]
Archive coverage in the Sun News:
Brooklyn Sun Journal Dec.
8, 2005 "Towpath, park links eyed"
Brooklyn Sun Journal Dec.
29, 2005 "City will not use eminent domain to create bike
Brooklyn Sun Journal Apr.
27, 2006 "Group helps protect Big Creek"
Brooklyn Sun Journal Jul.
20, 2006 "'Friends' explore city's 'Kingdom' for trail links"
Conceptual plans for proposed trail alignments