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Perk Park - Photo Bob Perkoski

Public parks offer more than convenient refuge from the pressures of urban existence; they create a sense of community by bringing people of various backgrounds together in an informal setting. For that reason, parks matter now more than ever, some could argue. As large public works projects finally begin to take shape in and around Cleveland -- from the Medical Mart and Convection Center to the Lakefront and Flats East Bank projects -- its imperative that meaningful public spaces be part of the local conversation. "The quality of open spaces is a measure of the desirability of a city," Greg Peckham of LAND studio notes. "Parks and park systems really matter to people."

Features

Philippe Cousteau Jr.

Take me to the water: Philippe Cousteau visits Cuyahoga Valley National Park

World Water Monitoring Day attracted a high-profile visitor to Northeast Ohio: Philippe Cousteau, grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau. Together with local environmentalist James Trogdon, Cousteau led a group of 150 students from four area schools in testing the water quality of the Cuyahoga River.

ODOT’s new Towpath Trail segment

PHOTOS: Exploring the new section of the Towpath Trail and beyond

The ever-evolving Towpath Trail now includes a small but mighty quarter-mile stretch from Sokolowski's University Inn to Hart Crane Park (near Merwin's Wharf) with a passageway under the Inner Belt Bridge. 

Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 at Edgewater Park

PHOTOS: Scenes from the solar soiree at Edgewater Park

The Associated Press called it "the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history," and Edgewater Park certainly played its part in that—attracting thousands of Northeast Ohioans for a lively lakefront watch party. 

Tree planting in Cleveland

Reclaiming Cleveland's "Forest City" moniker at the root level

There's a whole campaign underway to bring the Forest City back to life. Here's the story of the foot soldiers in that effort—trees raised to green up our urban neighborhoods.

Lake Link Trail Phase II

New Lake Link Trail segment unveils a wonderland in the Flats

The newest half-mile section of the complex path offers up history, industry and unique views of the city that will be new to most locals.
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Lake Erie Surfing in November at Edgewater Park - Photo Bob Perkoski

Surfin' #CLE

Some may think the end of summer may spell an end for enjoying Lake Erie, but this scrappy group of Cleveland surfers is just getting started.

Cleveland Metroparks’ West Creek Reservation

Cleveland Metroparks: 100 Years Old (and Counting!)

New Day Cleveland devotes an entire episode to our city's Emerald Necklace as it turns 100 years old this July.
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Green Space + Parks Founders

alec mcclennan

alec mcclennan

City: Emerging Neighborhoods
Meet Alec McClennan, founder of Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, a Cleveland landscaping company with 25 employees.
steve manka

steve manka

City: MidTown
Meet Steve Manka, founder of Manka Design Studio, a public art firm in Midtown.
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