Green Space + Parks

Perk Park - Photo Bob PerkoskiPerk 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."

Come Together: South Euclid looks for vendor to make healthy eats at Bexley Park
The City of South Euclid has more than 60 acres of parks in its four square miles, each with a wealth of recreation options. South Euclid Parks and Recreation director Daniel Subwick wants to add healthy eating to the menu at Bexley Park—the city's largest and most popular park.
Gardening withdrawal cure-all: Nature Center offers class to start seeds now for spring planting
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes recognizes that many people’s green thumbs are itching to get outside and dig in the soil during this cold, dreary period of winter. So, it is hosting a Winter Seed Sowing Workshop, using seeds from the Nature Center's Native Seed Library, to get people ready for spring plantings.
Holiday brilliance: Wild Winter Lights returns to Metroparks Zoo
For the fifth year in a row, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is bringing back Wild Winter Lights—its biggest holiday celebration that transforms the zoo into a winter wonderland with musical light shows, an enchanted forest, and Santa Claus himself.
Enhancing nature: Metroparks' Zimmerman has spent past 13 years on improvements, more to come
Many positive changes have occurred at the Cleveland Metroparks since Brian Zimmerman took over as CEO in 2010, with many more projects ongoing and on the horizon.
On the prowl: Young bobcat joins the Perkins Wildlife family at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Diego, a one-year-old bobcat, arrived the CMNH's Perkins Wildlife Center in March. He is adapting well to his new home and getting to know fellow bobcats Bob and Bitty.
Water music: Cleveland Metroparks announces 16-week traveling waterfront Summer Concert Series
Cleveland Metroparks is gearing up for summer, with its Summer Concert Series at various Metroparks waterfront locations. starting May 18, and opening its summer operations and lifeguarded swim areas.
Holden Forests & Gardens celebrates Arbor Day
Arbor Day is tomorrow, Friday, April 28. In honor of the day set aside for the planting, upkeep, preservation, and celebration of trees, Holden Forests & Gardens has a bunch of activities planned.
The fate of Euclid Beach Motor Home Park
After more than a year of planning and community meetings on the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, Western Reserve Land Conservancy in February told the residents they must move out and the property will become a part of the Cleveland Metroparks and a larger revitalization project for North Collinwood and Lakeshore Avenue.
Take a hike: Cleveland Metroparks 2023 Trail Challenge is underway; a look back at the 2022 trails
The Cleveland Metroparks 2023 Trail Challenge is underway! Find out how to enroll and read about Erin O'Brien's experiences on the 2022 Trail Challenge in this recap.
Enjoy the weather: Spring is in full bloom at the Cleveland Metroparks
Spring has arrived in Northeast Ohio, and Cleveland Metroparks has planned plenty of April activities to get out and enjoy the weather.
Help the Cleveland Metroparks Police Department name the two newest additions to the K-9 unit
The Cleveland Metroparks Police Department welcomed two new K-9 officers-in-training to its force in December. As they begin training, they need names.
Holden Arboretum receives federal earmark to fund local urban reforestation efforts
The Holden Arboretum will receive $335,000 in Congressionally directed spending to help preserve and expand Northeast Ohio's tree canopy, thanks to Senator Sherrod Brown.
Keeping it clean: Metroparks embraces green infrastructure to naturally treat stormwater runoff
The Cleveland Metroparks has slated four 2023 projects that will naturally clean millions of gallons of stormwater and expand the park system's stewardship of our fragile fresh water.
Metroparks Trail Challenge: Menacing trees, meandering trails, a mysterious castle in North Chagrin
In the spirit of the Halloween season, FreshWater writer Erin O'Brien ventured out to Squire's Castle at the Cleveland Metroparks' North Chagrin Reservation to investigate whether the property is really haunted. Read what she discovered on this leg of the 2022 Trail Challenge.
Doan Brook, Metroparks to host two free outdoor family workshops
The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is hosting two free family-friendly events this month that will get the entire family out for fun learning experiences in the autumn air.
Blazing trails: SCA Metroparks Trail Corps program involves youth in parks conservation
The Student Conservation Association Cleveland Metroparks Trail Corps program gets students and young adults involved in parks and land conservation efforts while they learn about environmental issues, build and repair trails along the Emerald Necklace, and spend a summer in the parks system.
Metroparks Trail Challenge: Kayaking and other water fun on Hinckley Lake
Writer Erin O'Brien has taken the Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge and has been chronicling her challenges. In her eighth installment, O'Brien traveled to the Hinkley Reservation to test her kayaking skills for the first time.  
Experience the world: What to expect at One World Day 2022
This weekend, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens will host the 76th Annual One World Day to celebrate and honor Cleveland’s diverse cultural and ethnic makeup that represnts more than 30 countries around the world.
Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A landscape of diversity, looking toward the future
As the Cleveland Cultural Gardens continues to expand, plans are in various stages to install 10 new gardens. John Grabowski and Lauren Pacini look to the future in this fourth and final installment of this four-part series. 
Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A landscape of diversity, the later years
The 1965 Hart-Celler Act widened patterns of U.S. immigration beyond Europe. With that pattern came the origins of more than a dozen Cultural Gardens that represent Asia and Eastern Europe. Lauren Pacini chronicles this period of Cleveland Cultural Gardens history in this third installment of this four-part series.