Irishtown Bend

Cleveland, OH

Irishtown Bend embodies latent cultural and ecological opportunities in America’s post-industrial river cities.

This 34-acre site on the steep banks of the Cuyahoga River, once home to a vibrant Irish community and a network of railroad depots, warehouses, and docks, has sat vacant, disconnected from its surrounding neighborhood, and unsafe for use for decades.  A new vision plan leverages the immediate need to keep the severely eroding slope from sliding into the Cuyahoga River, a critical infrastructural corridor and active shipping channel, with the creation of a new urban waterfront park providing open space and recreational opportunities to the adjacent underserved community now disconnected from the river. The vision celebrates the site’s cultural and industrial history while adding ecological value to a traditional bulkhead stabilization.