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You are part of a new beginning!

Imagine yourself in Cleveland Public Square on a warm fall evening, taking a stroll around the KeyBank Promenade when you hear a delightful tune! You look up to find a small bird nestled in a tree overlooking The Gund Foundation Green. Then you notice many trees blanketing The Square. This simple moment reminds you of your favorite tree, the cherry tree, and how it symbolizes good fortune, new beginnings, and revival.

Three Weeping Cherry trees were rooted in the Medical Mutual Perennial Garden for current and future generations to enjoy good fortune in the heart of Cleveland. The trees are generously donated by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and their addition builds momentum for beautiful new beginnings! Their gift is just one more way Cleveland Public Square is participating in the effort to reforest our city.

Following the tree planting, local business leaders convened in The Square for ROC in CLE Corporate Breakfast presented by Kaulig Companies in partnership with Scott and Julie Mawaka Charitable Foundation to hear Dee Haslam (Owner, Cleveland Browns), Paul Dolan (Owner, Cleveland Indians), Len Komoroski (CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers), Matt Kaulig (Chairman, Kaulig Companies), and Tim Clepper (President and CEO, Kaulig Companies) discuss the reforestation of Cleveland and how we can all be part of this important mission.

130 trees alongside many species of grasses, bulbs, perennials, and shrubs create the rich natural landscape of Cleveland Public Square. Created specifically for Cleveland by James Corner Field Operations, the design takes into account the climate of Northeast Ohio and Downtown Cleveland’s urban environment–leveraging Public Square’s unique characteristics to build a palette of beautiful fall colors, rich summer and winter textures, and vibrant springs.

The next time you take a stroll through The Square, pause for a moment to listen to the birds sing and remember that YOU are a part of a new beginning in Cleveland.


The Group Plan Commission is a civic nonprofit that programs, maintains, and operates Cleveland Public Square. The Group Plan Commission's mission is to renew the heart of downtown Cleveland for today’s citizens and future generations by transforming and connecting the city’s signature public spaces.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s mission is to provide the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. They envision thriving, prosperous communities nourished by vibrant natural lands, working farms, and healthy cities.


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