Innerbelt National Forest
The Innerbelt National Forest will create a temporary forest and public space on an adjacent section of the decomissioned Innerbelt Freeway in Akron, Ohio, creating a connection between the downtown and West Hill neighborhoods and providing a shared space for residents from different socioeconomic levels to come together.
This space will be a test to show demand for a permanent green space on the freeway itself once it is open for redevelopment. The space will live for three months in the summer of 2018, feature trees, trails, unique lighting elements, and water features. Programming such as concerts, farmers markets, and movie screenings will draw young professionals working and living downtown, college students who rarely explore outside campus, and residents from the other side of the freeway, to come together in a unique and inviting space. All materials used for the project will be re-used or re-planted and learnings will be shared with the City of Akron and local organizations who can continue to steward a permanent green space on the freeway.
There are several ways to get involved with the Innerbelt National Forest. We are currently collecting stories to display on the site of what life was like before the Innerbelt was built. Stories will be installed on the site and will create a powerful arc of what once was, what is, and what could be.
We are also seeking Rangers to help steward this space. Rangers are volunteers who will help the space come to life and are eager to share the possibilities of joy and connection with people. Rangers receive an Innerbelt National Forest t-shirt and are an integral part in making the project come to life.
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