Cumberland parking lot improvements to increase safety, water runoff quality

Site plan for the improved Cumnberland parking log. Courtesy: City of Cleveland Heights

The parking lot at Cumberland Park is being reconfigured and beautified in a project designed to increase the water quality of runoff that drains into Dugway Brook.

The $238,000 project is being funded by a grant from the Ohio EPA, according to Richard Wong, Cleveland Heights Director of Planning & Development.

Key to the project is construction of bioretention basins that, to casual observers, will simply look like plant-filled medians between rows of parking spaces. Wong said they will work as filters, removing the worst pollutants from rainwater as it runs from the parking lot into the drainage system, which empties into the Dugway Brook ravine on the park’s western edge.

Despite installation of the basins, the project will add five parking spaces, raising the capacity of the parking lot to 105 cars.

The project also allows for some safety improvements. In one, the driveway entrance will be rerouted to curve left upon entering. This will create a buffer between the driveway and pedestrian traffic in and out of the pool area.

The bicycle path that runs down a steep hill from Euclid Heights Boulevard also will be rerouted to connect with the existing parkwide bike path–-rather than the current layout which takes bicycles directly into the parking lot.

By mid-January, surveying work had already begun, and is scheduled to be finished by the time the swimming pool opens in June.

Bob Rosenbaum, a lifetime resident of Cleveland Heights, has been visiting Cumberland since the early 1960s.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 PM, 01.17.2011