The great outdoors and COVID

During all the hardships that have occurred during the past (nearly) two years of global pandemic, the Cultural Gardens were fortunate in that we could offer an outdoor escape to Northeast Ohio residents and tourists from outside the area.

We have seen an uptick in visitors who could experience our outdoor museum and learn about the cultures of the world on a tour or leisurely stroll through the gardens, or during one of our programs.

We will continue to be that oasis – among many others in Cleveland – as we carry on our outdoor events.

On Sunday, Dec. 12, for example, we hosted our first ever holiday tree lighting party. We welcomed our Cultural Garden delegates, along with the Cuyahoga Cossacks, who led us in caroling, and Recess Cleveland, an organization that works to “activate” public spaces for children and families who often do not get to make use of city parks. The group drew five neighborhood families to play games, enjoy Christmas cookies and help us decorate our tree. 

The holiday party took place at our Centennial Peace Plaza; it was a special and heart-warming way to enjoy winter, and the Cultural Gardens.

Caroling in the plaza


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