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State turns over lakefront parks to Cleveland

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio is officially turning over a string of Lake Erie parks to the city of Cleveland.

Gov. John Kasich is joining Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other officials Thursday to sign documents that will seal the transfer of the waterfront recreational areas.

State lawmakers this year decided to let the city take over Cleveland Lakefront State Park, a string of six parks along the lakeshore beset with maintenance and crime problems. Cleveland Metroparks will now manage the properties.

The bill in the Ohio Legislature terminated a 50-year lease between Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It also authorized the state to spend $14 million as part of the agreement.

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