Otter Park Outdoor Classroom

Otter Park Outdoor ClassroomPhoto credit: The Trust for Public Land

Community organizations, schools, and residents near Otter Park now have a new space for recreation and environmental education. Together with partner Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, The Trust for Public Land designed an outdoor classroom that was built adjacent to existing playgrounds as well as a large green infrastructure basin in Cleveland’s Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone—28 acres of vacant land that has been repurposed into a center for creative agricultural activities.

Materials and interpretive signage line an educational pathway around the basin to help visitors learn about topics such as water quality, urban land reinvestment, native plant selection, and historic rivers in the area. The classroom is open to the public and available for use by community residents, organizations, schools, and education outreach programs.

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