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19th Annual Big Creek Watershed Clean Up
Saturday, June 3, 2017

3 locations

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
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).

Green Thumb Award Presentation
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

Green Thumb Award

Thank you to Parma Heights Mayor Byrne for joining us for our winter hike! Bon temps!

Mardi Gras Hike Sun., Feb. 26 at 1pm

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)

Holiday Open House 12/15/16

Holiday Open House 12/15/16

Thanks to the the GM Foundation for a 2016 $5000 Plant City Grant to Big Creek Connects!
GM Foundation donation to Community Partners

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, 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.

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.
April 13, 2009
Brooklyn Sun article [pdf]

Big 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 [15.8MB pdf]
Appendix C - Parcel Ownership Maps [pdf]
Appendix D - Cost Estimates [pdf]
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 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 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."

Download report [pdf]. Please note large file size - 79MB. For faster viewing, download specific sections:

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 A - Development Guidelines (384K)
Appendix B - Master Plan Maps (27MB)
Appendix C - Cost Estimate (230K)
Appendix D - Public Meetings (160K)

Study grants:

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:
  - FOBC 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 trail"
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

Newsletters: Big Creek Watershed News & Notes
Library - selected issues

Events archive

Plan Cover
Download the Plan (24MB) - includes Wetland Report & Maps (Appendix B)
Download the Wetland Assessment & Prioritization Report Only (Appendix B)

Proceedings - Water Quality public meeting 9/27/12

Proceedings: Above Our Heads, Below Our Feet

Proceedings: Low-Impact, Low-Maintenance Landscaping Trends

Proceedings: Putting the "U" in Urban Watershed Stewardship 3/9/2010

Big Creek Greenway Trail Alignment and Neighborhood Connector Plan - 2009
Big Creek Greenway Trail Alignment and Neighborhood Connector Plan

Master Plan Report [17.4MB]
Development Guidelines
Proposed Routes [15.8MB]

Urbab Wetlands Symposium 9/24

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