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The 2,200-foot-long, $15 million Nord Family Greenway creates connections among our campus and the Cleveland community

Students regularly meet up and pass each other on the 15-acre Greenway, designed by Sasaki Associates and supported by gifts from the Eric and Jane Nord family, the Cleveland Foundation, the Curt and Sara Moll family, Toby Devan Lewis and Current, powered by GE.

As an usher at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, I’ve attended lectures by famous authors, watched performances by great musicians, and, just last week, listened to my first opera. It’s a job I really enjoy— and now I even like going to it.

The Nord Family Greenway opened in the spring of 2018, providing a beautiful, direct path from our main campus to West Campus, where the Maltz Center sits. The tree-lined route starts just outside the Tinkham Veale University Center, where I often meet friends to walk to work and other performances. It then stretches in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art, through a long grassy area, over Doan Brook and across the street to the Maltz Center.

It’s more efficient and safer for me: Before, I’d trek nearly 45 minutes from my residence hall to work, navigating side streets and intersections. Now, it’s a quick 15-minute walk that’s really pretty.

The Greenway also has helped me explore my new neighborhood, 1,000 miles from my hometown of New Orleans. Right after the Greenway opened, my friends wanted to see what it was that so many organizations and donors had joined to create. While walking it, we realized, “Hey, we should go to the museum too—it’s right here.”

There are so many cultural opportunities near our campus, and the Greenway makes it easy for us to access them all.

Isabella Beninate, a sophomore studying communication sciences

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