East Bell Commons

Turning Point Statue
Tent Pad
Turning Point Statue at Night

In April 2018, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art unveiled their plan to create a park, known as East Bell Commons, on a highly visible area along East Boulevard. The 4.2 acre property sits opposite of the museum and the university’s Tinkham Veale University Center. It was the former location of the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The temporary park provides tree shaded walkways, a designated tent pad and the Turning Point sculpture, which had been previously located in the area across the street where the University Center now resides. The project represents an interim measure to be in place while the two organizations continue to consider the property’s best long-term use. It was designed by Sasaki and completed in 2019. The landscape builds upon Sasaki’s previous project, the Nord Family Greenway, to create a contiguous and cohesive open space.

East Bell Diagram

Given the size of the park, it is broken up into 5 distinct zones, each capable of being reserved for different purposes.


  • Zone 1 has a designated tent pad, capable of holding an 82' x 82' tent. The area also has electrical hook-ups.
  • The Turning Point statue sits between Zones 2 & 3 and is illuminated in a sea of colors at night.
  • Wifi is available throughout the entire area.
  • Sidewalk lights can be turned off at night if needed for movie viewing.
  • Public parking is located across the street underneath the University Center.
Zone Distanced Capacity
Zone 1 140
Zone 2 34
Zone 3 28
Zone 4 49
Zone 5 236
All Zones 487
Zones 1 & 2 174
Zones 1 & 5 376
Zones 2 & 3 62
Zones 3 & 4 77
Zones 4 & 5 285
Zones 1, 2 & 5 410
Zones 1, 4 & 5 425
Zones 3, 4 & 5 313