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Our Emerald Necklace: What's Next for the Cleveland Metroparks

Environment & Sustainability

Our Emerald Necklace: What's Next for the Cleveland Metroparks

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Friday, August 19, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Forum begins at 12:00 p.m.

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Some refer to it as our "Emerald Necklace;" others know it as the best park system in the nation. Since its creation more than a century ago, Cleveland Metroparks has long had a reputation of providing residents of Greater Cleveland and visitors to Northeast Ohio with access to nature and the opportunity for respite that is essential to our lives. What began with a donation of just three acres of Rocky River Valley bottomland has grown today to more than 24,400 acres, 300 miles of trails, eight lakefront parks, and a nationally acclaimed zoo that Clevelanders treasure.

Brian Zimmerman joined the Metroparks as CEO in 2010, beginning a tenure of intense growth and a commitment to service delivery. Within those last 12 years, the park district expanded significantly: the creation of the Lakefront Reservation and Acacia Reservation are monumental achievements, but they're just a fraction of what the district has accomplished. In November, voters will be asked to approve a 2.7 mill levy, securing the operations revenue that supports the park district’s essential services, programs, and enhancements such as expanded trail connections. Join us for a conversation with Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman about the parks, the value they create in our community, and your tax dollars at work.

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