Marvel at more at ice sculptures at North Coast Harbor’s annual Ice Fest. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

Nearly 260,000 people visited Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor this year for festivals, summer sports in Voinovich Park and other events.

That doesn’t include the Clevelanders and tourists powerwalking the East Ninth Street Pier at lunch time or strolling on a summer evening to see a Lake Erie sunset. Or visitors to museums, Cleveland Browns games or the Goodtime III cruise ship.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance, which manages the harbor, hosted events in the harbor on 59 days. The harbor had 130 events over the season, including races, parades and special events, like the North Coast Harbor Boat Show, which takes over the Rock and Dock transient marina for a September weekend.

Annual signature events include:

  • Ice Fest at North Coast Harbor– free family event Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • North Coast Namaste – weekly free yoga Tuesday nights, June through September
  • Lakefront Leagues Kickball, Volleyball and Bocce – Weekly league nights Wednesday, May through September
  • Ship Shape Run Club: free coach lead runs/workouts Thursday nights, May through October
  • Kids Fish CLE for Free, with the Cleveland Police Foundation — July
  • North Coast Harbor 15K, 10K & 5K Run, with proceeds benefited Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland — October

Not only is North Coast Harbor a popular destination for events, we host many photographers, runners and out of town visitors stopping by the Cleveland Script Sign or taking in a Lake Erie sunset,” the alliance writes in a news release. “The park is booked all summer long with wedding ceremonies, kickball nights, free yoga, races and the occasional pop up festivals; but there are also welcomed periods of time where the park can be a park without a production taking place.”

The alliance added Bocce ball courts this year and replaced seating. Trees are lit throughout the holiday season. And the first residents have moved into the Harbor Verandas apartments on the pier.

The city of Cleveland is planning a $17 million pedestrian drawbridge over the harbor, linking Voinovich Park with the Great Lakes Science Center and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.