June 8, 2021
9:00 am-9:30 am
General Networking Rooms (E)
Coffee chat, hallway conversations … since we cannot be together in person, join our virtual morning networking rooms to say hello and chat with fellow summit participants.
9:30 am-10:30 am
Akron Civic Commons: Co-Creation, Co-Design and Co-Stewardship of Accessible, Equitable and Welcoming Parks, Trails and Public Spaces (F)
Since 2017, community residents, City of Akron officials, community partners and Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition have been working together to create accessible, equitable and welcoming parks, trails and public spaces along 3 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Akron, Ohio. Guided by the principles of relationship building, socioeconomic mixing, value creation and environmental sustainability, Akron Civic Commons is leveraging over $20 million in private, local, state and federal resources in the redevelopment of Lock 3 and Summit Lake Parks along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and the center of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.
10:30 am-11:00 am
Workshop Focus Breakouts (G)
Participate in an interactive breakout discussion to take a deep dive into the topics covered in the “Akron Civic Commons: Co-Creation, Co-Design and Co-Stewardship of Accessible, Equitable and Welcoming Parks, Trails and Public Spaces” summit session.
11:15 am-12:15 pm
Embrace the Lake: CHEERS for Access, Equity, and a Resilient Future in Cleveland (H)
The Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Study (CHEERS) area sits at the intersection of social vulnerability and environmental risk. CHEERS seeks to expand habitat, increase resilience and connect area residents to the lakefront. Working with community partners and local organizations, the team created flexible and approachable engagement strategies to reach the most vulnerable residents. This strategy toolkit evolved as they learned more about the community and found new ways to overcome challenges. Findings include the importance of walking tours and other short-term engagements to build park and trail users as partners seek to create long-term improvements to the lakefront.
- See the inner process of a partnership working to retrofit and expand access to Lake Erie as a foundational and resilient community amenity.
- Discover the lessons learned from community engagement during COVID-19, social unrest, and political change and the importance of local organizations in the process.
- Explore how resiliency projects align to improve public and ecological health, support community and economic development goals, and provide opportunities to bridge long-standing, historic divides between communities and underutilized assets.
12:15 pm-12:45 pm
Workshop Focus Breakouts (i)
Participate in an interactive breakout discussion to take a deep dive into the topics covered in the “Embrace the Lake: CHEERS for Access, Equity, and a Resilient Future in Cleveland” summit session.