Wade Park Community Engagement Center

West Facing Rendering of new community engagement center

"The Land" Article: February 10, 2023

Rendered illustration of the front exterior of Wade Park house

Preserving a Rich History

When Western Reserve University moved to University Circle from Hudson in 1882, so began a long and fruitful relationship with the City of Cleveland and the vibrant neighborhoods adjacent to campus.

Today, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) continues this legacy of community engagement by welcoming local residents to its campus to enjoy free concerts, lectures, and community events, as well as sports camps for children and academic camps for teens.

Something for Everyone

Case Western Reserve is in the process of renovating an historic Wade Park home to create a dedicated physical space for use by neighborhood residents and community groups.

This space, to be known as the Wade Park Community Engagement Center, will:

  • provide a dedicated location for community-facing activities and programs.
  • be a place where CWRU faculty and students can come together with residents and community members from the surrounding neighborhoods to learn from each other and create opportunities to enhance education, build relationships and networks, and improve the economic conditions for the neighborhoods and the people within it.
  • serve as a resource for members of surrounding communities to share their ideas of how CWRU can best support and add value to the neighborhood. 
  • welcome intentional interactions between the campus community and neighborhood residents.
Arial view of the location of the community house

Renderings of the Revitalized Wade Park Location

Interior Renderings of the community house


FIrst Floor layout for the Community Center