Cleveland Spaces Vital Places

A program hosted and organized by the Sustainable Cleveland Vital Neighborhoods Working Group


Cleveland Spaces Vital Places is a series of seven (7) workshops designed to inform residents about resources and practices needed to revitalize vacant lots in their community.





Important Message:

Due to COVID-19, the dates and format of some of the Cleveland Spaces Vital Places workshop have changed.  


Upcoming Workshops


Join us for The Cleveland Spaces Vital Places Workshops, "Creating a Network".  There will be a set of three workshops that will focus on creating a network among those interested in turning vacant land into community spaces.  The workshops will be held virtually via the Zoom Platform.  You will need to register in advance.  


Networking Panel Discussion:

Moderator: Mark Chupp, MSW, PhD, CWRU, Mandel School

Panelists: Monique Williams Kelly, The Engagement Group; Erika Brown, Neighborhood Connections, Jonathan Welle, Cleveland Owns

Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Time: 6:00 -7:00 PM


Creating the Networking:

Workshop facilitators TBA

Date: Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Time: 6:00 -7:00 PM

Registration Link: Creating the Network


Speed Networking:

Workshop facilitators TBA

Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Time: 6:00 -7:00 PM

Registration Link: Speed Networking


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop via the Zoom platform.


Past Workshops and Resources:

Workshop 1 – Overview of Cleveland Spaces Vital Places Program

Date: July 27, 2019

Location: Trotter’s Place, 11401 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44108

  • Spirit Corner, Cleveland Heights
  • Gardening in the District, City of Cleveland Glenville neighborhood
  • Trotter’s Place, City of Cleveland Glenville neighborhood


Workshop 2 – Landing Your Project

Date: October 12, 2019

Location: Midtown Tech Hive, 6815 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103




Contact information at Cuyahoga County OSU Extension:


Summer Sprout is a program that provides materials, services, and education to participating community gardens within Cleveland. The goal is to support the residents of Cleveland in their efforts of starting and/or maintaining successful community garden projects.



Workshop 3 – It Takes a Village

Date: November 16, 2019

Location: Third Space, 1464 East 10th Street, Cleveland, Ohio


Notes from Workshop




Workshop 4 – Designing a Vital Place

Date: January 25, 2020

Location: Doan Classroom, Cleveland, Ohio




Workshop 5 – Land Trust

Date: March 7, 2020

Location: Fatima Family Center, Cleveland, Ohio




Workshop 6 - Fundraising

Date: May 7, 2020 (rebroadcast: May 16, 2020)

Location: ZOOM



Date: May 21, 2020 (rebroadcast: May 30, 2020)

Location: ZOOM




Workshop 7 - Managing, Maintaining and Securing Your Space

When: Thursday, July 16, 2020