Michael J. Zone Recreation Center
About the Work
The Zone Rec Center located on Lorain Avenue and W. 65th Street has undergone a complete revitalization. In early August 2012, the 22 acre greenspace was rededicated. The renovations delivered 22 acres of greenspace to the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood. The park has new play fields, baseball diamonds, a splash park, tennis courts, a dog park and has been designed and built with sustainable features to manage all storm water runoff on site. There are ecological elements like rain gardens, wetlands, and permaculture that connect the natural environment to the recreation areas. This was an important piece of the project since Zone Rec is located in Cleveland’s Eco Village. The EcoVillage is a nationally recognized demonstration project that showcases best practices in green building, transit-oriented design, urban agriculture and societal inter-dependence.
The Michael J. Zone Recreation Center has been transformed into a vibrant, active, engaging public space.
City of Cleveland
How It Started
Initiated by the Cleveland EcoVillage in partnership with the Councilman Matt Zone, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, and LAND studio, the Zone Recreation Center Sustainable Greenspace Master Plan was created through a three-year comprehensive community input process. A highly trafficked City of Cleveland recreation site with thousands of visitors each year, the center is located across the street from the EcoVillage Rapid station, and has nine schools within close proximity. Before renovation, the site included heavily utilized traditional recreation fields for baseball and soccer as well as 22 acres of underutilized greenspace.