MOOS @ Buckeye
In January 2015, the MOOS project launched in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood. Our first project site was Britt Oval, an open space across the street from St. Luke's Pointe, a former hospital now home to numerous community organizations and a senior housing facility. The student's design interventions were temporary, but intended to guide future investments in permanent public space enhancements for the site. CUDC staff and three project partners worked with the students to develop design ideas that adapt to weather conditions and user preferences.
Our 2015 project partners were:
Malcolm Burton Founder of My Brother My Sister youth engagement program
Alex Gilliam Founder of Public Workshop in Philadelphia
D'Angelo Knuckles Neighborhood leader and independent radio broadcaster
Erick Rodriguez Enterprise Rose Fellow at Burten Bell Carr Development, Inc.
Arlene Watson Principal of Mobius Grey a local graphic design and communications firm in Cleveland
Following a successful inaugural year of workshops and built playscapes, the MOOS project continues on Britt Oval into 2016. The second year of activities will enable deeper community engagement through partnerships established at the Boys & Girls Club and the East End Neighborhood House’s My Brother My Sister program. 12 students will be selected for the MOOS program, including a few returning students and first-time participants.
In addition to improvements on the Britt Oval green space, the second year activities may address other placemaking opportunities nearby, including improved pedestrian crosswalks, neighborhood wayfinding, transit waiting environments, and public art installations. The focus area offers multiple assets for the project to leverage, including the Cleveland Public Library’s Rice Branch, senior housing at St. Luke’s Manor, the E. 116th RTA Rapid Station, and the Buckeye Farms urban agriculture site on Woodland Avenue.
Making Our Own Space @ Buckeye is made possible through the generous support of the Saint Luke's Foundation.