Meet Me in The Square

Public Square Public Opening June 30, 2016- Photo © Bob Perkoski,

Public Square Public Opening June 30, 2016- Photo © Bob Perkoski,

In the fall of 2002, a group of Clevelanders stood together in our city’s center and thought about what it could be: a beautiful, vibrant, and active space that would create a legacy for generations to come.  In order to make this vision a reality, LAND studio, in partnership with James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), best known for New York’s High Line, crafted a visionary plan for Public Square. LAND studio and JCFO worked with the Group Plan Commission (GPC) to create true placemaking – equally weighted between physical transformation and ongoing programming that makes Public Square a vibrant hub for Cleveland, day and night, year round. Donley’s, the Cleveland-based construction company, was brought in to execute the reimagined and inviting Public Square.


The previous four quadrants of Public Square have been merged into a single public park. The northern half, a large sloped lawn, includes Overlook Hill and Concert Hill. Well-suited for casual everyday use, this design also creates a natural amphitheater for events like movie nights and concerts. The southern half of the Square is a hardscape plaza that includes a café and seating, a speaker’s terrace, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and a mirrored-fountain water feature. Lush, seasonal landscape creates a soft colorful space that invites people in and encourages them to stay.


Clevelanders: get out and enjoy the magnificent city center that we have all been waiting for. See you on the Square.


LAND Studio

1939 West 25th Street, Suite 200

Cleveland, Ohio 44113