Euclid stretches over four miles of Lake Erie shoreline. But the city has only 600 feet of public access.

Until next spring, anyway, when crews will break ground on a ¾-mile waterfront trail across private lots. Eventually, the city’s $30 million, 15-year vision calls for a second lakefront park to bookend the trail, with a marina, boat launch and restaurant.

“There has historically been industry on the waterfront in all Rust Belt cities. We built a highway on ours,” said Allison Lukacsy, Euclid community project manager for the development department. “This is for the 48,000 people who don’t live along the lakefront.”

In 2013, the first phase of the plan added a fishing pier to Sims Park.

Here’s what the plan includes:

Pier: Now, gently sloping asphalt paths lead to the 250-foot pier, on the edge of sandy beach. On a recent weekday afternoon, families played at a sand beach while friends strolled the pier, which often hosts weddings or anglers.

Trail: The trail will finally rid the lake the hunks of concrete thrown onto the shore when I-90 was built, Lukacsy said.

Property owners are granting public easement along the ¾-mile path. Only one property owner in the path refused, so the city bought the land. One reason property owners support the access is that the work will stabilize their property, which lose more than 13 inches of earth to erosion every year. Crews will create gentle slopes out of the walls of cliffs, remove invasive species and plant hardy shrubs and grasses. Private steps will be added for property owners to reach a stone beach, which hasn’t been possible in years.

From the bluff, property owners won’t even be able to see the handicap-accessible, 10-foot-wide trail just above the waterline, Lukacsy said.

The trail will cost about $11.5 million, paid for mostly with state grants and Cuyahoga County casino money. Plans will be presented to the city’s Architectural Review Board in December.

Marina: The plan calls for a public boat launch and a marina, where a breakwater wall will jut into the water and hook around, creating a calm area for swimming and stand-up paddleboarding. A kiosk could rent boards and paddles, and a restaurant could have a patio on the water.

“People have been talking about this forever,” Lukacsy said.

The marina plan has been in the works for more than a decade, when developer K&D Group bought four-rise apartment buildings and took control of 242nd Street, which ends at the lake.

Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Sunny Simon called the plan “transformational.”

“I’m hoping with this restoration it’s going to become a destination,” she said.

Lukascy said the city is well-positioned for the future, as more Ohioans embrace the importance of water and the importance of Lake Erie. The neighborhoods along the lake and the Cleveland Metroparks’ Euclid Creek Reservation have the strongest property values, she said.

“It’s just one of the many things we’ve got going on here,” she said.