Just this summer, we celebrated the rededication of Public Square following a $50 million transformation that gave our city a vibrant new gathering space in the heart of downtown. The Cleveland Foundation supported the redesign of Public Square with an $8 million lead gift, in line with our longstanding commitment to support world-class public spaces for Greater Cleveland residents and visitors.
Since the reopening of the square in June, inclusive community programming has drawn new and diverse visitors to the space. The seasons may be changing, but colder weather won’t freeze activity on the square. We’re excited to announce a day of free ice skating on the Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink, to coincide with the return of Winterfest to Public Square!
From 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Nov. 26, skaters will enjoy free skate rentals and a free 45-minute session on the ice, weather permitting. The Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink will remain open for the season until Feb. 28, 2017 with skating available at cost. If you plan to attend the day of free skating on Nov. 26, please note that tickets are required – be sure to get the details here.
Along with the day of free skating, we’ve also announced a $100,000 grant to support ongoing community programming on Cleveland Foundation Centennial Plaza on Public Square. Our grant will help continue high-quality programming throughout the coming year to cater to a variety of interests, with event categories that include education, music, art, culture, wellness, recreation and food.
“Cleveland Foundation’s generous support of Public Square Programming and Operations extends our ability to provide ongoing free activities and events to the entire community on the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Plaza and Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink,” said Sanaa E. Julien, CEO, Public Square Programming and Operations. “Public Square’s financial and social impact is now being realized and ongoing activation will further the Group Plan Commission’s mission of transforming the heart of our city for today’s Clevelanders and for generations to come.”
We can’t wait to see what’s happening next in Public Square. Stay in-the-know about upcoming events and programs via http://www.clevelandpublicsquare.com/. We hope to see you in the square!