Near West citizens draw future Zone Rec at second workshop
Resident of Cleveland's Near Westside have begun to envision a premier ecological renovation on 25 acres of greenspace surrounding the city-owned Michael J. Zone Recreation Center.
The site hosts thousands of visitors every year, seeking after-school opportunities and recreation options. It also borders I-90 where thousands of daily commuters rush past it.
As part of the Cleveland EcoVillage project, community members have participated in two design charrettes intended to ask, "How can the Zone Rec greenspace educate thousands of people a day about ecological renovation, meet the recreational needs for the surrounding neighborhoods, and provide a strong community center for the EcoVillage area?"
To date, over 150 neighborhood residents have attended design charrettes, educational meetings, or participated in design committees focusing on the future of the space. The most recent meeting was on June 11, 2003. In this meeting, the participants played the role of landscape architects and worked in teams to draw the future of the greenspace with all the features they most desired. Some of the main suggestions drawn include:
Councilman Matthew Zone, EcoCity Cleveland, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, ParkWorks and the Cleveland Green Building Coalition have all joined forces to make this most recent Cleveland EcoVillage project a national model. Click here to see some of the drawings and read more of the outcomes .