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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A new pier complete with views of downtown Cleveland, the sunset and features that pay homage to the history of Euclid Beach Park is now open.

The Cleveland Metroparks’ grand opening of the pier in the Euclid Creek Reservation took place Wednesday morning.

“The new Euclid Beach Pier plays a pivotal role in connecting the community with the lakefront,” CEO Brian Zimmerman said in a press release.. “It not only offers a picturesque location for gathering with family and friends but expands opportunities for nature-based education and programming.

The 315-foot-pier partially extends over Lake Erie and is the latest addition in a series of ongoing park improvements that began in 2013, when the Cleveland Metroparks acquired that portion of lakefront. The pier itself was designed for the views.

“By design, it went out over the lake and bends,” said Zimmerman. “Most (piers) are perpendicular. To really connect the vision into downtown and the sunsets are absolutely fantastic on this side of town.”

The grand opening celebration kicked off at 11 a.m. and included  include samples of the upcoming summer programming, including an African drum circle and urban line dance instruction along with rides in the Euclid Beach rocket car. Euclid Beach Park is located at 16301 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland.

Zimmerman  said the pier is “really a community asset here.”

There are three arches along the pier with iron work featuring different decades in the park’s history. The first pays homage to the original dance hall, with dancers and horses. The pier transitions with a second arch honoring the famous amusement park, and a third that features boats, birds, butterflies and people fishing.

“Really again paying respect to Lake Erie,” said Zimmerman.



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