African-Americans represent 13 percent of the national population, but only represent seven percent of visitors to the National Park Service. The reasons for this disconnect are varied: for many, the outdoors evokes lynchings, trauma, and flight from slavery and discrimination. Others simply feel excluded as parks and outdoor activities are largely led by whites.
Access to the outdoors and greenspaces is vital to the social fabric of a community and to individual's health and well-being. Many initiatives are underway at both the national and local level to increase the use of parks by minorities and to diversify the employment staff of park systems.
How do we ensure equitable access to parks, greenspace, and natural amenities? What efforts are underway in Cleveland - and are they working?
Join us for a conversation with local and national leaders on diversity, inclusion, and the future of parks and recreation.
Dudley Edmondson, photographer and author, Black & Brown Faces in America's Wild Places
Whitnye Long Jones, Let's Move! Outside Community Coordinator, YMCA of Greater Cleveland
Brian Zimmerman, CEO, Cleveland Metroparks
This conversation will be moderated by City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop.
Tickets: $20 (includes snacks and one drink ticket)
Location: Edgewater Beach House
6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Cleveland, OH 44102