Expanding Waterfront Access at Lakewood Park

Access to water is not only an equity issue; it also impacts public health and conservation. Studies have linked access to the outdoors and open spaces to higher levels of physical and mental wellbeing. Additionally, people tend to care more about the conservation of a natural area if they have a personal connection to it. Increased access to blue spaces can help to diversify the conservation movement and provide tangible health and community benefits to those often excluded from these services that nature provides. 

The City of Lakewood, Ohio (near Cleveland) is just one community investing in and expanding access to its lakefront and surrounding amenities. SmithGroup's Jason Stangland speaks to the benefits of planned projects along the waterfront.

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