PHOTOSTREAM: Rotary Club’s Red Line Greenway Project Beautifies a Hidden Cleveland Byway

Sat 3/26 @ 9AM-noon

The land alongside Cleveland’s Rapid corridor isn’t, shall we say, some of the area’s most picturesque. So, nearly 40 years ago, way back in 1977, Lennie Stover and Matt Koriath, members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland, had the idea to adopt a small parcel of land adjoining the West 25th Street Rapid station and began cleaning and landscaping it.

That modest effort has grown over the years. It is now Red Line Greenway, an ambitious project to create a three-mile recreational greenspace corridor along the near west side rapid line that would link downtown to the Zone recreation center at West 65th and Lorain.

The Rotary Club is still leading the project, and co-founder Lennie Stover is still actively involved as the project coordinator. But in recent years, they’ve gotten an increasing amount of support from partners such as the nonprofit LAND Studio, RTA, the Cleveland Metroparks, and teams of volunteers — individuals, as well as organizations and businesses — who show up to help out on Saturday mornings and some evenings during the warm weather.

Saturday 3/26 @ 9am-noon is the first official work day of 2016. On Sat 4/2 they’ll be digging holes and planting 2,000 hydrangeas — and they’ll definitely need help. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Stover at 440-537-6461 or via

We visited and toured the work site last season and took photos of what’s going on there. View the PHOTOSTREAM here.



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