A park at Meadowbrook and Lee?

One year, at a local holiday pottery sale, I bought my younger daughter a decorative plate; it is all black except for one corner where there is a rising yellow moon. Underneath the moon are the words, “The barn burned down, now I can see the moon.” I could never be that sanguine, but I am a firm believer that change creates opportunity. My point?  The Orlean Company’s plan to build apartments and retail on the city-owned property at Meadowbrook and Lee fell through. I don’t know why.
We all want a vibrant local economy, we just have different ideas about how to make this happen. Many of us think that a smart, sophisticated urban greenspace at Meadowbrook and Lee is what will put feet on the street and make the Lee Road neighborhood even more appealing.
If you are one of those people, we hope you will bring all your ideas and join a community conversation on Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Lee Road Library.
A few preliminary ideas are: grass sculptures; a sculpture park (maybe we can borrow some art from the Sculpture Center); spots for food carts or food trucks; a Dugway display (Dugway Brook is culverted near this site); an amphitheater; a dog park for two hours in the morning; a skateboard park certain hours of the week; murals on a wall that separates the upper and lower sections; water sculptures that operate from stormwater runoff. Any and all ideas are wanted. Even if we can’t use them all at this site, they may inspire other projects elsewhere in the city.
If you can’t attend the forum on June 10, please send your ideas and images to Alice Jeresko, director of the Dug-9 Greenspace Advocates, at ajeresko@icloud.com.

Fran Mentch

Fran Mentch
Cleveland Heights

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