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Green Space + Parks

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

RTA & Van Aken Center

Placemaking puts Shaker residents in the mix of Van Aken District plans

The City of Shaker Heights turned to its residents for input on how the forthcoming Van Aken District development will take shape and appropriately reflect the rest of the iconic city.

Welcome to Glenville

VIDEO: From Superman to Superfly & Beyond!

From fascinating historical details to today's green shoots, this delightful short from Neighborhood Connections and the Famicos Foundation trains the spotlight on a classic Cleveland neighborhood – Glenville.

Norton Furniture

Cleveland's 10 best oddities: the ultimate RNC scavenger hunt

Fresh Water uncovers the weird, the overlooked, the hidden, the has-been and even the naked in this rollicking roundup.

Cracking Art Group installation near the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ahead of the RNC, art blooms across the 216

From an army of giant snails invading the Cleveland Public Library's Downtown branch to colorful murals lining RTA's Red Line, the 216 is alive with new eye-popping art to welcome RNC visitors.

Cleveland Metroparks Go Ape Treetop Adventure course'

First person: going ape

Despite a fear of heights, Fresh Water contributor Hollie Gibbs took to the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course in the Cleveland Metroparks' Mill Stream Run Reservation and lived to tell about it.
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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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