Conceived in 1903 by Daniel Burnham, John Carrère, and Arnold Brunner
For a city with such a storied public park system, Cleveland has a dearth of green spaces Downtown. That’s part of what makes The Mall, a long public park in the Group Plan District, so important. The Mall was conceived as a public space along which the city’s major structures would be built, and by and large it has served its purpose.
It’s not huge, as far as urban parks go. Its design is unassuming: segments of well-kept grass separated by concrete walkways and a couple main streets. It’s peaceful enough that you’d hardly know you’re standing on top of the new Convention Center. The center didn’t alter the skyline, but its construction did elevate a section of the mall. Take advantage by jogging up the wide stairs Rocky-style to take in the lake, the Rock Hall, and our hometown Factory of Sadness.
Turn around for one of the best ground views in all of Downtown: the soaring figure of the Fountain of Eternal Life, framed perfectly between the Cleveland Public Library and the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse. With Public Square re-opening this summer, let’s hope Cleveland keeps adding more green spaces Downtown to match all the ones just outside of it.