August 26, 2021
A proposed park in the city’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood received a boost this month from the National Park Service, which awarded the city of Cleveland $ 661,724 to help develop the project adjacent to the Clark Recreation Center.
According to a statement from the National Park Service, the grant will be used to help develop the project at W. 56th and Clark, which is expected to include new infrastructure and landscaping, a wading pool, play equipment, a basketball court, tables outdoor games. , and park benches.
Clark-Fulton is one of the neighborhoods in Cleveland with the greatest potential to serve people with a new park, along with West Boulevard, Union Miles, Kamm’s Corners and Old Brooklyn, according to the Trust for Public Land. In an interview last month, TPL told The Land that the park could have a transformative effect on the Clark-Fulton area, which is the subject of more than $ 1 billion in new development.
âRight now, 83% of Cleveland residents have access to a park in less than 10 minutes,â said Sean Terry, director of the Ohio office of the Trust for Public Land, citing Clark-Fulton as the one of the neighborhoods in Cleveland that is in desperate need of new parks. “But there is a lot of room for improvement. There is a lot of room for improving the quality of the parks.”
According to the TPL Advancing Park Equity report in Cleveland, the new park “is expected to produce at least $ 256,000 in economic benefits each year.” Over the next 10 years, this park is expected to generate at least $ 2.08 million in economic benefits, although the benefits will continue to accumulate beyond this point. “
Officials for the City of Cleveland did not respond to the request for comment before the deadline, but representatives from TPL told The Land that the city has verbally committed to help fund the park and renovate the Clark Recreation Center. According to Terry, it is necessary to acquire several buildings and properties to make the new park a reality, a process which is currently underway.
He added that community involvement is the key to the park’s success. Although the Covid-19 pandemic hampered community engagement work planned last year, the group is moving forward this year. âOur goal is to center community voices in building community spaces,â said Terry.
The parks service this month funded “19 project proposals to develop or improve 15 parks and 4 trails in economically disadvantaged areas of 13 states,” the statement said. These projects are part of the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program and will result in a federal investment of $ 16.8 million in the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
“With these grants, cities are able to provide equitable access to their parks and other outdoor recreation areas where there are none, or few, at present,” said the deputy director of the NPS, Shawn Benge, in the press release. âLocal parks, especially in urban areas, are a vital resource for economically disadvantaged communities. This grant program is available for each state and stimulates outdoor recreation opportunities in communities. “
To learn more about the work of Trust for Public Land in Ohio, visit https://www.tpl.org/our-work/ohio. To learn more about Clark-Fulton, visit https://www.metrowestcle.org/. More information about Clark Avenue Park is here: https://www.tpl.org/our-work/clark-avenue-park.
Lee Chilcote is editor-in-chief of The Land.
The Land is a local news start-up that reports on neighborhoods in Cleveland and the suburbs of the inner ring. We deliver in-depth stories that encourage accountability, educate the community, and inspire people to take action.