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For the Love of CLE: Why Parks Matter

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

Historically, the term health often referred to simply the presence or absence of disease. Today, it is commonly recognized that health encompasses not only physical components, but social, economic, and environmental ones as well.

The answer may lie in parks, not prescriptions. Well-designed parks, playgrounds, and public green spaces provide a free place for moderate physical activity, mindfulness, and play, access to healthy food and clean water, and offer opportunity for neighborhood interaction. However, green space in the urban core is limited and where present, is often perceived as unsafe due to a lack of people, activity, and connection with the neighborhood.

Northeast Ohio may be home to a Great Lake, a national park, and the Cleveland Metroparks, but urban access to outdoor spaces – especially in poor neighborhoods of color where chronic disease rates are higher – is limited. Why? What can and should be done to create or activate more green spaces so all have the opportunity to thrive?

Join us for the third forum in our For the Love of Cleveland: The Power of Place series, a FREE conversation in Public Square on how parks can help improve public health.

Panelists include:
Jacqueline Gillon, Community Engagement Specialist, Thriving Communities Institute at Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and Slavic Village resident
Stephen Love, Program Officer, Environment, Cleveland Foundation
Alex Robertson, Program Director, Recess Cleveland
Shanelle L. Smith, State Director, The Trust for Public Land

This conversation will be moderated by Rick Jackson, ideastream® senior host/producer.


June 19
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Cleveland Public Square
Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113 United States
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