This article describes the work of the Slavic Village Partnership, which received an Active Living by Design (ALbD) grant to expand green spaces and improve infrastructure. The goal of the collaboration, headed by Slavic Village Development, was to create a robust, family-friendly neighborhood that promoted healthy living by its residents.
The Slavic Village neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio has suffered from significant job loss and foreclosure in the past decade. Residents have low levels of daily activity and high levels of obesity. The Slavic Village Partnership set out to create bike lanes, develop neighborhood green spaces, encourage daily exercise, improve physical education in schools and develop municipal policies in support of active living.
The Slavic Village Partnership was able to make active living improvements through the collaborative effort of local organizations. Challenges included providing enough time for projects, working with community residents during a time of economic turbulence, managing projects through staff turnover and leveraging local resources to expand projects.