Cleveland Metroparks officials are on track to finish a $1.6 million Huntington Reservation Enhancement Project just in time for summer.
Park officials project a new concession stand, dining area and garden will be completed and opened by Memorial Day, said Sean McDermott, the Cleveland Metroparks chief planning and design officer.
“The improvements at Huntington Reservation will pay homage to the historic charm of the reservation and provide more amenities for visitors to connect with the reservation’s spectacular views of Lake Erie,” he said. The concession stand will have a rustic feel, complete with stone pillars and wooden accents.
Crews are working on installing the structure’s interior plumbing and electrical. Once the interior is finished, Ground Works Land Design in Westlake will begin work on the 4,000-square-foot patio, including brick pathways, a garden and a fire pit, according to spokesperson Jeff Tolman.
The new concession stand will be 1,457 square feet and will offer an updated food menu, still being determined by park officials.
“We do not have a menu yet. The new concessions will feature a walk-up window for ice cream, drinks, bar and food,” McDermott said.
The project is being funded by a mix of private and public donations, including the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund. Money raised through the park’s Hunting Reservation Enhancement Fund is paying for it also, according to officials.
This is the second phase of a two-phase project to improve the park-going experience. The first phase was renovating the park’s bathrooms to include both family and individual usage. That project began in 2019 and was completed last year.
Park officials began looking at ways to improve the park in 2018 with a master plan for the area. The plan highlights several projects intended for the park, including shoreline stabilization, improving trail networks, and adding more playground equipment.
The concession stand’s opening is set for Memorial Day weekend. However, it could change due to the pandemic, McDermott said.
“As we continue to closely monitor the status of COVID-19 restrictions and construction progress Cleveland Metroparks will provide a more exact opening date via social media,” he said in an email.
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