Cleveland Cultural Garden Colombian Garden Project

The Ohio Colombian Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in July 2018 for educational, charitable purposes and most importantly to keep present and alive the heritage of Colombian cultural values and traditions. They support and promote education, peace, culture and community development throughout the state of Ohio.

They have been working to create a Colombian Cultural Garden. It would be the first Hispanic heritage garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain.

Ivan Cerquera, Luz Elena Klopp and Maria Pujana made a presentation at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation board meeting on January 9, 2019 describing their mission and plans.

Ivan Cerquera, Luz Elena Klopp amd Maria Pujana presenting

Ivan Cerquera, Luz Elena Klopp amd Maria Pujana presenting 

Among their points were:

  • 10.8% of Cleveland’s population is Hispanic. 3.5% in Ohio.
  • Currently there is no Colombian or Hispanic garden
  • Proposed location near Ethiopian Garden on MLK
  • 3000 square feet
  • Proposed Budget $500,000
  • Design Team – Cathy Soergel Marshall, Coordinator Associate Professor Kent State University
  • Will be a foundation for other Latin gardens and guide and support other communities to follow
  • Renderings and Architect Design planned by 8-1-19
  • Launch July 20, 2020

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation board voted to approve the Ohio Colombian Foundation as community representative for the proposed Colombian Garden.


Maria Pujana, Dan Hanson, Luz Elena Klopp amd Ivan Cerquera


Maria Pujana, Dan Hanson, Luz Elena Klopp amd Ivan Cerquera


Congratulations on this important step!

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