News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . .
19th Annual Big Creek Watershed Clean Up
Garlic Mustard Pull – Brookside Reservation – May 27: Details
RiverDay – May 20: Details
RiverSweep 2017 – May 13th: Details
2017 Big Creek Balanced Growth Partners meeting. Learn more...
Green Thumb Award
Thank you to Parma Heights Mayor Byrne for joining us for our winter hike! Bon temps!
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."
"Brook Park considers plan to improve Big Creek watershed"
"Parma should preserve land, add storm water detention at Parmatown, study says"
"Parma Heights passes resolution for balanced growth initiative"
"Group is promoting a cleaner watershed."
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Watershed Grant
FOBC is 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.
Master Plan Report
February 2009 - prepared by the Floyd Browne Group [17.4MB pdf ]
Adoption of the Lower Big Creek Valley
Greenway Redevelopment & Restoration
Plan by the Cleveland City Planning Commission
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 plan (Connecting Cleveland 2020 Citywide Plan). It is a major step toward the next phases: funding, engineering, construction and more.
Lower Big Creek Valley Greenway Redevelopment & Restoration
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."
Download report [pdf]. Please note large file size - 79MB. For faster viewing, download specific sections:
August 10, 2007 - Trail Alignment Study - TLCI Grant awarded
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.
May 7, 2007 - Watershed Management Plan - CMAG Grant awarded
Old Brooklyn News June 2008 [pdf 8.6MB]
Archive coverage in the Sun News:
BIG CREEK WATERSHED BALANCED GROWTH PLAN - 2010