From Landfill to Landmark
A healing of land and people.
Brighton Park, formerly the Henninger Landfill, was a construction and demolition debris landfill in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland that ceased operation in the 1980s. Western Reserve Land Conservancy is pleased to have had the opportunity to facilitate the development of this property into a public greenspace amenity, for enjoyment by Old Brooklyn residents and visitors alike.
A community space, more than 10 years in the making.
The vision of turning this brownfield site into an open green space for public recreation has long been held and shared by the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks, the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation and other community partners. Since Western Reserve Land Conservancy acquired the property in 2015 through funding from the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program, extensive environmental remediation has been completed to ensure that this retired landfill would be safe for recreational use. Additional funding has since been secured for passive park improvements and native plantings to restore the natural environment at this site.
The History of Brighton Park
The 25-acre park includes an all-purpose trail that will run through the property from Pearl Road to West 21st Street, connecting on the Pearl Road side to the existing trail through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Brookside Reservation. A natural surface trail has also been designed to meander through the northern portion property, with connections to both the neighborhood and the all-purpose trail. These trails are part of a broader vision to create greater pedestrian and bikeway connectivity throughout Northeast Ohio. In total, around 5,100 feet of trail has been added to this park, which will also include a scenic overlook with views of Big Creek and parking off of Pearl Road for greater public access.