Edgewater is the place to be during a Cleveland summer, whether you’re wading at the beach, fishing from the rocks or dancing at Edgewater Live.
Cleveland bought the land that would become Edgewater Park in 1894. Today the park sits on more than 130 acres and boasts some 6,000 feet of shoreline.
An impressive bathhouse fell into disuse and was neglected in the 1940s. It became a constant target of vandals and was demolished in 1950.
Athletic facilities further inland were razed to make way for the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in the 1950s.
Cleveland turned the park over to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in the face of dwindling funds in 1978. But decades later the state agency faced its own funding and staffing problems and the park fell into disrepair once again.
Now the Cleveland Metroparks runs the park, earning major kudos for improvements that have lured crowds to Lake Erie.
Last year, even before the cool Beach House was built, attendance jumped to 1.3 million — a big chunk of the 3.5 million visitors across the Metroparks lakefront parks, beaches and marinas.