September 6-8, 2018
Join us to learn more about Cleveland’s innovative cross-agency and cross-sector partnerships and how they are working collaboratively to improve Cleveland’s park system and the health and quality of life of its residents.
Like many post-industrial cities, Cleveland has been revitalizing its downtown and neighborhoods by investing in parks and trails with a focus on access, equity, and connectivity. After 50 years of investments in cleaning the Cuyahoga River and improving Lake Erie, Cleveland is now enjoying a revitalization of its waterfront and leveraging that access to connect communities, amenities, and infrastructure.
We invite public and nonprofit park professionals, planners, funders, landscape architects, and other urban greening professionals to join us for a one-of-a-kind study tour to learn about collaborative approaches to revitalizing communities through strategic park investments. We will be visiting key sites like Public Square, Edgewater Beach House, the Red Line Greenway, and Rockefeller Park Cultural Gardens.
Join us to learn more about Cleveland’s innovative cross-agency and cross-sector partnerships and for the opportunity to network with place-based funders working on parks and placemaking as an urban revitalization strategy. This tour will highlight community-led efforts to inclusively plan and program parks and break down how partners are working collaboratively to improve Cleveland’s park system and the health and quality of life of its residents.
- Attendees will learn how Cleveland has leveraged cross-agency and cross-sector partnerships, particularly with urban infrastructure agencies, such as the Sewer District and Port Authority, to revitalize its waterfront, connect its neighborhoods and develop its parks as integral urban infrastructure.
- Attendees will learn strategies for developing culturally-relevant, neighborhood-specific programming in collaboration with community development organizations, neighborhood nonprofits and residents, providing equitable access to safe, vibrant, and active neighborhood parks.
- Attendees will explore public space activation and programming that extends beyond traditional park boundaries and into places like vacant lots, publicly accessible private property, and public transit lines. Through the successful cross-sector management of public and private spaces available to the public, Cleveland park partners have greatly expanded the accessibility of public spaces that serve a park function, meeting residents where they are.
Support for the Cleveland Park Study Tour is Provided by: