Healthy places lead to healthy people. By building strong partnerships with neighbors, local businesses, faith organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies, the Land Conservancy is revitalizing communities and creating parks and preserves that bring nature to the urban environment.
At Western Reserve Land Conservancy, we create, restore, and maintain public parks and nature preserves across dozens of counties in northern Ohio. Our goal is to provide public spaces for education, recreation, and appreciation of nature.
In 2011, the Land Conservancy founded Thriving Communities, a program designed to revitalize properties left vacant and abandoned in Cleveland. Many of the hardest hit urban neighborhoods have been historically marginalized and discriminated against. The program identified areas where urban blight was at its worst, and partnered with local, state, and federal agencies, small business owners, neighbors, and nonprofits to secure funding to repurpose abandoned properties for positive community use.