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ABOUT

In 2015, The League of  Creative Interventionists hosted a 500 person community meal on the Innerbelt Freeway and asked residents from all over the City of Akron what they wanted to see in the future of the space once it closed to automobile traffic. 87% of the participants wanted a space for connection and nature. In 2018, we created a temporary green public space on an adjacent section of the decommissioned freeway to test this idea and gain valuable insight for a potential permanent green public space on the freeway. The Innerbelt National Forest featured 90 trees, trails, and events that provided a shared space for residents to come together. The forest was activated for two months in August and September of 2018. We hosted 26 events over 8 weeks with over 400 visitors and paid local artists over $70,000. Due to the success of the pilot, we are now working with the City of Akron to make the space permanent.