New Fort Hill Stairs open in Metroparks

Fort Hill Stairs open

ROCKY RIVER, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Metroparks officially opened the new Fort Hill Stairs. The steps are located behind the Rocky River Nature Center. The former Fort Hill Stairs were removed and 155 new stairs were constructed on Fort Hill.

The design and engineering challenges of building the stairs required geotechnical guidance, and resulted in the use of 294,000 pounds of concrete - drilling to depths of 18 feet.

In addition to growing the stair count by 20 steps, they are fifty percent wider, measuring six feet across. Total investment for the project was $450,000, which includes design and construction costs.

During Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony, members of the Lakewood Firefighters Association made a ceremonial run up the stairs to mark the official opening to the public. The group used the former steps as part of their conditioning.

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