Common Ground: Sunday, June 30, 2019

Click here to download the Common Ground 2018 Community Survey results

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 our 2019 theme:

My environment was…
My environment is…

My environment will be…

Our surroundings shape who we are as individuals. They influence our collective identity. Whether it is our built environment of homes and streets, our social or cultural environment in which we were raised, or the natural environment that surrounds us all, the world around us impacts us deeply.

This summer, Common Ground will bring the community together to discuss this impact — past, present, future. How has your environment changed? How is it better? How can we work together to keep improving?

Join us next summer, and stay tuned to learn more!

When IconWhen is it?

Common Ground will take place on Sunday, June 30, 2019. 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 will be provided by the Cleveland Foundation.

What is Common Ground?

Common Ground is a day of community conversation. 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 30. Registration, conversation facilitation, and promotional support will be provided to all Common Ground hosts, but registration is required. Stay tuned for more details.

Host a Conversation 

HOST REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 7. 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 2018: FredWalksCLE – A neighborhood event series exploring the place we call home

As a part of Common Ground 2018, the foundation and its partners presented a series of events celebrating the history of our neighborhoods and the organizations working in them. FredWalksCLE events highlighted 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. 

Stay tuned by signing up for the Cleveland Foundation newsletter at the bottom of this page to hear about Common Ground 2019 Fread Walks opportunities.


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.


May 16Arcade

FredWalksCLE: Downtown Cleveland Alliance-Architectural Historic District Tour

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Join Thomas Yablonsky, Executive Director of the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, for an architectural tour of Euclid Avenue and adjacent Historic Districts. The tour will begin at The Arcade (41 Euclid Avenue) and will focus on Historic Preservation and adaptive re-use development projects. 

May 23Public Square

FredWalksCLE: Downtown Cleveland Alliance-Take a Hike Civic Center Tour

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Join us as we explore the history, culture and new projects in the Civic Center District. Along the way, we will be greeted by actors portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. 

It’s notable to mention that, in its tenth year, more than 30,000 visitors have enjoyed Take a Hike Tours.  

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. 

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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. No registration required. Please meet at the Fourth District precinct building at 11 a.m.

June 2Michela Picchi’s mural in progress on W. 28th Street and Detroit Avenue.

FredWalksCLE: Hingetown Mural Walk

1 p.m.

In 2016, the Cleveland Foundation brought international artists and local Cleveland artists together with the goal of creating street-scale art as a part of Creative Fusion: Street Art Edition. The artwork included photographic and painted murals and structural sculptures located along the Detroit Avenue Corridor in Ohio City’s Hingetown neighborhood. But these pieces were only the latest additions to a neighborhood rich in outdoor arts. Join us for a mural walk to explore the legacy of this project and others on June 2 at 1 pm.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Gather at St. John’s Episcopal Church for a guided tour of Ohio City’s murals dating from the Works Progress Administration to the era of Instagram and everything in between. The conversation will proceed in Parish Hall in case of inclement weather. 

June 12CVNP

FredWalksCLE: Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Underground Railroad Hike

10 a.m.-Noon

FredWalksCLE asks the question: What would you be willing to fight for? Those who fled slavery were willing to fight for their freedom. Join park ranger, Pamela Machuga, and costumed volunteers, as they explore the fight for freedom in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which historians believe was part of the Underground Railroad. 

Meet at Ledges, 405 Truxell Road, Peninsula

June 18CVNP railroad

FredWalksCLE: Cuyahoga Valley National Park-Scenic Railroad Train Ride

7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Climb aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and explore the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Join Park Rangers and volunteers as they share stories and point out the many sights and sounds of the CVNP.