What's OUT there Weekend

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 09/04/2023 - 08:40.
09/09/2023 - 07:38
09/10/2023 - 07:38

 What’s Out There® Weekend (WOTW) Cleveland will bring to light the local character of the city as reflected by its publicly accessible parks, gardens, plazas, cemeteries, memorials, and neighborhoods. The region boasts more than 24,000 acres of publicly accessible green space, including a National Park, several scenic reservations, seminal landscapes designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm, A.D. Taylor, Ernest Bowditch, Ellen Shipman, and others, and exciting contemporary projects enlivening the city’s center. In addition to significant works of landscape architecture, the area possesses a rich diversity of cultural landscapes, including several sites included in the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, such as Lake View and Erie Street Cemeteries.

Working in collaboration with myriad local partners, TCLF will make visible and instill value in the places that make the region unique, and engage the public to promote their sustained stewardship and interpretation. WOTW Cleveland will engage a large and diverse audience (typically 1,000+), offering two days of free, expert-led tours, encouraging participants to discover the little-known design history of places they may pass every day.

SATURDAY – September 9 

Cleveland History Center (Bingham-Hanna House) | 10:00 – 11:00 AM | led by Chris Lynn (AECOM) and Ann Sidelar (Western Reserve Historical Society) 

Nord Family Greenway | 10:00 – 11:00 AM | led by Andrew Gutterman (Sasaki)  

  • Tour participants are invited to continue with a tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Fine Arts Garden (please register for both tours).  

Ohio & Erie Canalway | 10:00 – 11:30 AM | led by Meghan Tinker (Canalway Partners) and Mera Cardenas (Canalway Partners) 

  • This is a bike tour. Attendees must supply their own bike.  

Woodland Cemetery and the Underground Railroad | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | led by Dorothy Salem (Woodland Cemetery Foundation) 

Cleveland Botanical Garden: What does it mean to be a Green Museum | 10:30 – 11:30 AM | led by CBG Staff 

  • Walking tour of biomes (Madagascar Spiny Forest & Costa Rica Cloud Forest) and Rose Garden  

Cleveland Museum of Art Fine Arts Garden | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | led by Matt Langan (STIMSON) and Jeffrey Strean (Cleveland Museum of Art).  

  • Tour participants are encouraged to attend the preceding tour of the Nord Family Greenway (please register for both tours).  

Cleveland Lakefront Reservation: CHEERS Tour | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | led by Cleveland Metroparks.  

  • Tour will explore the Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Strategy (CHEERS). 

Norma’s Garden at The Gathering Place | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | led by Virginia Burt (Virginia Burt Designs) 

Cleveland Botanical Garden: A garden of our time | 12:30 – 1:30 PM | led by CBG Staff 

  • Walking tour reviewing the history and placement of CBG and Holden Forests & Gardens in the Cleveland & northeast Ohio landscape with an eye to the future.  

Cleveland Mall | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | led David Ellison (D.H. Ellison Co.) and Jim McKnight (City of Cleveland).  

  • Tour participants are invited to continue with a tour of the Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden (please register for both tours). 

Lake View Cemetery | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | led by Kathy Goss (Lakeview Cemetery).  

  • Tour participants are encouraged to register for and join the tour of nearby Forest Hill Park at 3:30pm. 

Cleveland Public Library Eastman Reading Garden | 2:00 – 2:45 PM | led by Melissa Carr (Cleveland Public Library) and John Skrtic (Cleveland Public Library).  

  • Tour Participants are encouraged to attend the preceding tour of the Cleveland Mall (please register for both tours). 

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | led by Stan Hywett Hall Docents 

Garfield Park | 2:00 – 3:30 PM | led by Chris Cheraso (Cleveland Metroparks) 

Cleveland Botanical Garden: How does your Garden Grow…and evolve | 2:30 – 3:30pm | led by CBG Staff 

  • Walking tour of Annuals Allee, Rose Garden, Restorative Garden, Woodland Garden 

Public Square | 3:00 - 4:00 PM | led by Nora Romanoff (Bedrock) and Rick Grospitch (Group Plan, Public Square)

  • Tour participants are encouraged to register for and join the preceding tours of nearby Cleveland Mall and Cleveland Public Library Eastman Reading Garden, beginning at 1:00 PM.

Dunham Tavern Museum and Gardens | 3:00 – 4:30 PM | led by Chris Merritt (Merritt Chase) and Lauren Hansgen (Dunham Tavern Museum and Gardens) 

Forest Hill Park | 3:30 – 5:00 PM | led by the City of Cleveland Heights and the East Cleveland Parks Association 

  • Tour participants are encouraged to register for and join the preceding tour of nearby Lake View Cemetery at 1:00pm.  


SUNDAY – September 10 

Cleveland Cultural Gardens | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | led by Lori Ashyk (Cleveland Cultural Gardens) 

Shaker Lakes (Horseshoe Lake) | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | led by Matt Langan (STIMSON), Glen Valentine (STIMSON), and Roy Larick (Bluestone Heights) 

Holden Arboretum: Gardens designed with intentional diversity and succession | 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM | led by CBG Staff 

  • Walking tour of Tree Allee, Rhododendron Garden, Holden Grove and Streamside Meadow 

Cleveland Lakefront Reservation: Bus Tour | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | led by Cleveland Metroparks 

  • Bus provided by Cleveland Metroparks

Holden Arboretum: Evolution of an Arboretum and Garden | 12:15 – 2:00 PM | led by CBG Staff 

  • Tram tour of Core Gardens relating history of the site, land use changes, merger with CBG and how public gardens stay relevant to communities and respecting landscape needs. This tour is wheelchair accessible. Please contact aileen [at] tclf [dot] org for more information and registration. 

Ralph J. Perk Plaza | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | led by Jim McKnight (City of Cleveland) 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | led by Rebecca Jones (National Park Service) 

Acacia Reservation | 1:00 – 3:00 PM| led by Jenn Grieser (Cleveland Metroparks) 

Southside Conservation Easement (Formerly part of Gwinn Estate) | 2:00 – 3:30 PM | led by Renee Boronka (Western Reserve Land Conservancy) 

Holden Arboretum: A Pollinator Garden is not just for summer | 2:30 – 4:15 PM | led by CBG Staff 

  • Walking tour of Butterfly and Wildflower Gardens 


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Attend Forest Hills and Lakeview Cemetery Tours

The Cultural History of Dugway Brook has been largely forgotten. 

Let's REMEMBER> https://clevelandhistorical.org/tours/show/35


Dugway Brook, among the bluestone brooks that flow into Lake Erie, is all but invisible today. Generations ago its serpentine branches plunged into culverts buried beneath streets, parking lots, and parks. Though mostly unseen, Dugway traces a path through the heart of Cleveland Heights.

Along its scenic courses, visionaries chased dreams. John Peter Preyer carved orchards and vineyards from the Dugway valley. Orville A. Dean built a successful dairy business. John D. Rockefeller, Frank Cain, and Eric Mendelsohn created some of the city's most iconic places: Forest Hill, Cain Park, and Park Synagogue. Yet citizens mostly forgot about the brook amid relentless suburban expansion.

Cleveland Heights, 60,000 strong by 1960, was a mosaic of suburban neighborhoods and business districts. Heights High teens joined many others in the humming Cedar-Lee business district. A two-mile greenbelt of parks transformed one branch of Dugway into ballfields, playgrounds, and other recreational facilities.

By the 1960s and 1970s, devastating floods in University Circle prompted new concerns about Dugway, leading to the construction in Lake View Cemetery of the largest poured-concrete dam east of the Mississippi. Today we are rediscovering Dugway Brook as a fragile yet important resource.