Dock in downtown Cleveland and take in the city

Downtown Cleveland will become a port for those recreational
boaters looking to tie up and take in a ball game, visit the Great
Lakes Science Center, or tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded through its
Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant money to build a transient
marina at the existing North Coast Harbor in downtown
Cleveland.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the
City of Cleveland and partners, will receive $1,450,400 and match
that with $509,600 to build new floating docks for 53 transient
boat slips including 3 handicapped-accessible slips and ramp, a new
shower, restrooms, laundry building, and amenities.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awards BIG Program grants to
support recreational boating and associated tourism activities,
which is estimated to generate more than $1.1 million for the
Cleveland area.

“Downtown Cleveland is home to many attractions and the transient
marina and amenities will attract boaters to the Cleveland area,
and thus provide an economic boost for the local community,” said
Julie Morin, the Service’s grant coordinator.

Funding for the BIG Program comes from the Sport Fishing and
Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust
Fund. This fund is supported by boaters and manufacturers through
excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and
boat fuels.

Grantees use Boating Infrastructure Grant funds to construct,
renovate, and maintain facilities with features for transient boats
(those staying 10 days or less) that are 26 feet or more in length
and used for recreation. Grantees may also use funds to produce and
distribute information and educational materials about the program
and recreational boating.

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