At a Glance

Bank stability and function are restored to a degraded stream in an active, urban park.

Project Description

Brooklyn, Ohio's Veterans Memorial Park, located just behind City Hall, is one of the city's largest recreational sites. Flowing through the park is Stickney Creek. When stormwater from surrounding development began eroding the creek to the point at which gabion baskets along its banks began collapsing, the City of Brooklyn recognized the need to develop a more resilient solution. The West Creek Conservancy selected Biohabitats to help the City design and construct a nature-based restoration to stabilize the creek and enhance its habitat, ecological function, and recreation opportunities.

The restoration involves regenerating more than 1,500 linear feet of the natural stream system, including six acres of associated floodplain. The restoration design, which features boulder toe, toe wood and buried soil riprap protection and soil lifts with live branch layering, also involves improving and relocating streamside trails and enhancing viewsheds. Biohabitats was the prime contractor for this design-build effort, with Meadville Land Service acting as prime subcontractor leading construction implementation.

The restored Stickney Creek corridor will enhance floodplain riparian functions and habitat while creating abundant opportunities for public outreach and education.
(video by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District)



Great Lakes

Physiographic Province

Erie Lake Plain


Stickney Creek

Expertise Areas

Community, Design & Build, Urban Ecology, Water


City of Brooklyn


Brooklyn, Ohio, United States

Project Team
  • West Creek Conservancy
  • Big Creek Connects
  • Meadville Land Service
  • Chagrin Valley Engineering
  • ASC Group
  • Crowley's Vegetation