Common Ground - Community lunch meeting at Public Square

Save the Date for Common Ground: Sunday, June 24, 2018


Click here to download the Common Ground 2017 Snapshot. (PDF)

On a single day, you can be a part of an exciting region-wide initiative to explore our community’s power to communicate and connect in order to build a stronger, safer and more dynamic home. Common Ground creates a network of community conversations where residents can meet, share a meal, connect and discuss this year’s theme: “Why does place matter?”


When IconWhen is it?

Common Ground will take place on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Hosts can plan their mealtime conversation for any time during the day that works for them. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or anything in between – the choice is yours!

Who IconWho should participate?

Any Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga County resident who cares about the future of our community and wants to be a part of a forward-looking conversation. 

Where IconWhere will it happen?

Common Ground conversations can be held in any location. Previous events have been held in homes, parks, churches, and libraries. Locations can be private, or registration can be open to the public. Registration tools are provided by the Cleveland Foundation.

What is Common Ground?

Common Ground is a day of community conversation. On June 24, community members, neighbors, families, and organizations across the region will host mealtime conversations about the future of our region. United by a common question, all Common Ground conversations have the same goal: to create spaces where meaningful connections are made and purposeful actions begin. 

How can I participate?

Residents can get involved in Common Ground by hosting a conversation or participating in one or more on June 24. Registration, conversation facilitation, and promotional support will be provided to all Common Ground hosts, but registration is required. 

Host a Conversation 

Work with your neighbors, co-workers or friends to host a conversation on June 24 in the space and at the time of your choosing.


Common Ground: FredWalksCLE – A neighborhood event series exploring the place we call home

As a part of Common Ground 2018, the foundation and its partners are also presenting a series of events celebrating the history of our neighborhoods and the organizations working in them. FredWalksCLE events highlight the valuable resources we share, the ambitious projects that aim to improve and protect them, and the individuals doing the work that makes Greater Cleveland an amazing place to call home. 

This list will continue to grow, so check back often, and follow #CommonGroundCLE and #CG2018 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Robert Muller

Photo courtesy of Rob Muller

May 8 & 11 

FredWalksCLE: Downtown with Dr. Keating and Nelson Beckford

Join us for two walks with urban planning professor Dennis Keating Ph.D and the Cleveland Foundation’s Program Director for Neighborhoods and Community Engagement Nelson Beckford for a casual walk to explore Downtown Cleveland – its history, its present, and its future.  

May 8

FredWalksCLE: Downtown – Campus District, Playhouse Square

1 p.m.

May 11

FredWalksCLE: Downtown – lower Euclid Avenue, Public Square and the Warehouse District

1 p.m.



May 11

FredWalksCLE: East End Neighborhood House Mother’s Day Open House

4:30 p.m.

Join us at an Open House highlighting the work of East End Neighborhood House! East End Neighborhood House’s mission is to provide the families of our community culturally diverse and compassionate social services, education and activities so that each member—from child to senior—can become self-sufficient and thrive. East End Neighborhood House dreams of a strong community where every member is empowered through tools, knowledge, and support to be productive, loving and resilient.

In the spirit of Ubuntu, a South African humanistic philosophy staff practices, this dialogue will dive deeply into the importance of space for the hundreds of mothers served at East End. In May as we celebrate Mother’s Day, it is notable that each year East End services a minimum of 600 homes Lead by Women who are Mothers.

Dinner and refreshments will be served.


StewardNatureEandWMay 19

FredWalksCLE: Stewarding Nature East and West, West Creek and Doan Brook Watershed Hikes

  • 10:30 a.m. – Watershed Stewardship Center, Parma
  • 1:30 p.m. – Nature Center at Shaker Lakes 

FredWalksCLE explores the eternal question – East Side/West Side? Our water can’t tell the difference! Join us to explore our region’s watersheds via two beloved streams east and west: West Creek and the Doan Brook/Shaker Lakes. These two hikes are planned so you can do both on the same day, so join us for one or both and celebrate the differences and similarities in our local waterways while learning about the advocacy that keeps them healthy. 

Presented in partnership with the Cleveland Metroparks, Doan Brook Watershed Partnership, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Outdoor Afro, and the West Creek Conservancy.


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Photo courtesy Capt. Keith Sulzer

May 24

11 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

FredWalksCLE: Walk with a Cop – 4th District with Capt. Sulzer

Join us for a walking conversation with Captain Keith Sulzer and representatives from the Cleveland Police Foundation and Fourth District as we learn about community policing and current community building efforts!

Presented in partnership with the Cleveland Police Foundation and the Fourth District Police Station.