Mar 21, 2024 - News

Irishtown Bend Park will include elements to honor Cleveland's Irish immigrants

An architectural rendering of a new park in Cleveland with walkways and shrubbery and skyline in background

Proposed sculptural doorways at Irishtown Bend. Rendering: LAND Studio

Irishtown Bend Park, the planned 25-acre park on the western banks of the Cuyahoga River, will honor the history of Irish immigrants in the city of Cleveland.

State of play: Renderings unveiled Tuesday by local nonprofit Land Studio include design elements intended to tell the story of 19th-century Irish refugees who settled on the near west side.

Zoom in: The hillside — this original "Irishtown Bend" neighborhood — is a registered historical site, and the park will include a five-acre section devoted to its history.

  • The renderings include sculptural front doors engraved with the original door numbers of the neighborhood's homes.

What they're saying: "We are tracing the origins of the neighborhood back to the 1850s, thoughtfully and respectfully," Land Studio executive director Greg Peckham said in a statement.

  • Land Studio created the renderings alongside San Francisco-based landscape architecture firm Plural Studio.

What's next: The continued removal of excess dirt.

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