CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio City Incorporated just announced it will be closing Market Avenue in Ohio City on July 1 to install a pop-up park, or what they’re calling, “a playful public space."
The project will cost the neighborhood approximately 10 parking spaces across the street from the West Side Market, but the goal is to attract even more foot traffic by expanding public space.
Market Avenue is already closed periodically throughout the year for pop-up markets on weekends.
“Ohio City is one of Cleveland’s most walkable neighborhoods, so committing more of our public right of way to pedestrians just makes sense,” said Thomas McNair, executive director of Ohio City Incorporated.
“We’re always open to new ideas that serve and entertain Ohio City’s residents and visitors,” Bridget Barrett said, who is vice president of sales and marketing for the Great Lakes Brewing Company. “Market Avenue has been our beautiful, bustling home since 1988 and we’re grateful that Ohio City Inc. engaged us and our neighbors to explore this new closed-street concept. We’re excited to see how it develops.”
Kerry McCormack, city of Cleveland Ward 3 councilman, said the project will be “relatively inexpensive” but did not put a price tag on the it.
“Creating a pedestrian and bike friendly Market Avenue by cutting off vehicular traffic is a step towards a more human friendly neighborhood for everyone,” McCormack said.
If this pilot project works, there is a chance the street could be closed permanently next year.
By closing the street and installing seating, lighting and public art it will extend the already existing Market Square Park another block.