Friends of Horseshoe Lake

Frequently Asked Questions

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) recommended that Horseshoe Lake be converted to a floodplain resulting in the lake being permanently drained. Currently, the NEORSD plan for Horseshoe Lake is to convert the area into a park. The Sewer District has NOT committed to paying for ongoing maintenance, landscaping, or improvements to the park after dredging the lake. It is unclear how much the cities of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights would be left to pay.

Friends of Horseshoe Lake formed to advocate for residents of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, visitors from Northeast Ohio, and Horseshoe Lake. We have worked with a team of engineers and legal experts to develop a financially viable, safe, alternate plan that replaces the dam and restores a smaller Horseshoe Lake. Managing flood control and stormwater can be done while preserving history and our lake for generations to come.

  • We have raised the visibility of FOHSL and our desire to save the lake at community events, including the Sewer District’s virtual public form, held August 25 and open house, held August 27. 
  • FOHSL created a survey seeking public input on the two options and believes that residents of both cities deserve to have their voices heard. 
  • FOHSL has submitted a public records request for all documents from the two cities as well as the Sewer District surrounding the decision to destroy Horseshoe Lake.

FOHSL has worked with TRC, an engineering firm with extensive experience in dam projects, to find a plan for Horseshoe Lake that rebuilds the dam and restores a smaller version of Horseshoe Lake. This would manage stormwater and flood control, is safe for surrounding areas, and would preserve the history and natural resource of Horseshoe Lake. It is a win-win for the communities.

There are city council  members in both cities that are vocal supporters of FOHSL, but currently both Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights mayors are supporting  the NEORSD’s plan.  We believe this is due to a lack of public input and transparency in the decision-making process for Horseshoe Lake.

  • NEORSD destroys Horseshoe Lake and converts it into a floodplain
  • As a result of public pressure and our continued visibility and input, NEORSD adopts our alternative plan and preserves Horseshoe Lake. Get involved here.

Currently, the NEORSD plans to enter into the design phase of their proposed project in 2023-2024, begin construction in 2025 and complete the project in 2026.

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