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 are creating 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 will feature 90 trees, trails, and events that seek to create a connection between the Downtown and West Hill neighborhoods and provide a shared space for residents to come together. The forest will be activated for two months in August and September of 2018 and will help inform the long-term use of the Innerbelt Freeway. All trees and plant material will be rehomed.
There are several ways to get involved. Share a personal story about the Innerbelt for the forthcoming Innerbelt Museum, come to a volunteer action day, or apply to become an Ambassador.