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Cleveland's Public Square is Rededicated After a Year-Long Construction Project

Cleveland rededicated Public Square today after a year-long, $50 million renovation. Clevelanders gathered in thespace for the ceremony.

Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman Tony Coyne spoke about the civic meaning of the redesigned space.

“This public square is a public square in the truest sense of the word 'public.' The voices of Clevelanders shaped this space, and what you see around us today is a result of Clevelanders’ passion —both your practical and visionary ideas that have come to life in a very dramatic fashion. This is your public square.”

The old square was bisected by two major streets. Now, only buses and bikes can pass -- and only along Superior Avenue. The area focuses instead on pedestrians and places to relax. 

People visiting the green space were impressed by its open feel, featuring a large green space for events and recreation, a cafe and a water feature.

As she cooled off in the shallow reflection pool, Kathleen Sonhalter raved about the renovation,Sonhalter on a place to interact

"I’m quite delighted by the opportunity for us to hang out and interact with otherClevelanders. I will probably be coming down here, meeting up with friends for bike rides. We’ll probably use this as a gathering place. And just coming down to take a stroll through and cool off.  I love this water feature."     

The city hopes to use Public Square for year-round programming such as concerts in warmer weather and an ice-skating rink in the winter.

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Cleveland's Public Square is Rededicated After a Year-Long Construction Project
A spray park is among the new features
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A spray park is among the new features
The Public Square project took nearly a year and $50 million to complete and cost about $50 million.
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The Public Square project took nearly a year and $50 million to complete and cost about $50 million.
Local residents seem to appreciate the new features and designs of the area
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Local residents seem to appreciate the new features and designs of the area
The new area is now divided into two streets and has a more "open" feel
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The new area is now divided into two streets and has a more "open" feel