ciCLEvia Central planning brings out the inner-child

On Tuesday, May 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. more than 15 Central residents and community partners gathering at Care Alliance’s Central clinic for a CiCLEvia Central design and planning meeting. Hosted by CiCLEvia and Burten, Bell, Car Development, Inc. the community planning meeting was the first step in designing Central’s first ever CiCLEvia Open Streets Cleveland festival happening Sunday, July 16 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Attendees were asked to build their favorite childhood memory of a street.
Attendees were asked to build their favorite childhood memory of a street.

CiCLEvia temporarily closes portions of city streets to cars and opens them to people to play, walk, and roll. The event transforms Cleveland streets into a public space for residents to try different forms of people-powered movement and meet new neighbors and friends. CiCLEvia Central will close off a stretch of Quincy/Community College Ave.

Tuesday’s planning meeting focused on bringing out the inner child in each participant. Attendees formed small groups and used arts and crafts materials to build activities and events they would like to see at CiCLEvia Central. Residents and community partners were discussed the following topics:

What activities would you like to create to combine fun and fitness in your neighborhood?

Building a favorite childhood memory of a street

Many ideas focused on recess and field day games such as races, four-square, lawn games, basketball, football and kites. CiCLEvia routes will feature themed activity hubs so the group at the planning meeting came up with ideas for hubs including a “gym class” hub and a “ultimate field day” hub.

“People were really excited to think of different ways we could use the street for all sorts of games, similar to what happened on the last day of school when many of us were young,” said Emma Maloney, CiCLEvia executive team.

A second CiCLEvia Central planning meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, with location to be determined.

Planned by a coalition of health and sustainability advocates, as well as neighborhood champions around the city, ciCLEvia is a movement that began in 2016 along West 25th Street and continues to grow and connect with additional Cleveland neighborhoods. CiCLEvia promotes a culture of health through active living and sustainable transportation in Cleveland’s neighborhoods, with activities such as yoga, Zumba, boxing, dancing, live music, and more.

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood is partnering with CiCLEvia to bring the event to the Central neighborhood. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is an event sponsor.