Earn-a-Bike Program

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The Ohio City Bicycle Co-op partnered with the Active Living Committee, Metro Health, Stockyards Clark Fulton, Brooklyn Center Community Development Corporation, and Sherwin Williams to implement the Earn-a-Bike program in the Stockyards Neighborhood. Launching in the Summer of 2014, the Earn-a-Bike program was an in-depth bike repair and riding course for youth. By completing the program, students earned a refurbished mountain bike, with a new helmet and lock. This program was free to participants.

Jumpin' at Jefferson

Jumpin’ at Jefferson includes a one-day basketball clinic for kids ages 9-12 and a three-on-three basketball tournament for youth ages 13-17. This event was put on by the Friends of Jefferson Park and made possible by generous donations from community partners such as Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation, Cleveland City Council, Fairview Hospital, St. Ignatius, and the Cleveland Police Athletic League.

Community Development Outreach Survey

The Active Living Committee developed a survey for Community Development Corporations to complete based upon their active living infrastructure and activities for residents. The results of this survey led to the conclusion that there are a good amount of active living opportunities that exist. However, the state of the infrastructure, little programming geared towards adults and seniors, and perceptions of safety all hinder usage and participation in these local active living opportunities. For a more detailed summary of our findings click here.

Shared Use (in partnership with HIP-Cuyahoga)

The Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-C) goal is to build opportunities for everyone in Cuyahoga County to be healthy, which includes active lifestyles. The Healthy Cleveland Initiative's collaboration with HIP-C is vital due to the overlap of data and funding sources, which allow both organizations to better succeed in their missions. The Active Living Committee specifically aims to collaborate on the opportunity of shared use, which means making our public spaces such as schools, places of worship, and community centers more available for after-hours activities at free or reduced rates.

Partnership with YMCA Reach Grant

Healthy Cleveland's Active Living Committee has partnered with the YMCA to help fund two neighborhood focus groups. Focus group leaders will speak with residents about their personal barriers to active living opportunities, such as recreational centers and/or neighborhood activities. By engaging at the resident level, we will have a better understanding of how residents feel about their active living spaces. Even more, we'll be able to identify what we can accomplish as a committee to increase active living opportunities in the community and limit the number of barriers residents face.

We have chosen two distinct communities for our resident focus groups - the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre Neighborhood and Slavic Village. Focusing on these two neighborhoods will allow us to capture the needs of both eastside and westside communities.

Learn more about these two communities:

  1. Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre Neighborhood Development Office
  2. Slavic Village Community Development Office