Creating activity opportunities in Cuyahoga County

Shared Use

Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga) is building opportunities for everyone in Cuyahoga County to have a fair chance to be healthy.

Communities, such as those within Cuyahoga County, are looking at opportunities to develop partnerships with schools, faith-based organizations, and other entities to use their property to promote physical activity. These properties can be a valuable resource for the community that will allow for activities before, during, and after school hours, as well as on weekends.

Making healthy choices and raising healthy families requires more than individual effort. Health is shaped by where we live, who we know, and how much money we have. Limited choices and lack of access to public facilities make it hard to get the exercise we need to be healthy.

We need safe places to play.

A good place to start is to use what we already have in our communities: schools, faith-based organizations, public buildings, playgrounds and parks, as well as private facilities. Yet these places are often closed in the evenings and on weekends. Facilities are locked because of concern about costs, vandalism, security, maintenance, contract issues, and liability in the event of injury. We all need to keep people and property safe. Recognizing the community benefits of using public resources, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation making it easier for school districts to open their facilities to community use. To make use of community resources we need to agree about how to do it. Our agreements are called shared use and they range from simple to very complex. They require a lot of thought, effort, and cooperation and differ depending on the range of issues that are being addressed.

Shared Use Resource Guide

HIP-Cuyahoga help a promotional zumba class to promote the shared use sites, or sites that have pledged that “health matters here.” The class was promoted by DJ RoDigga on Z1079 on Facebook Live. Two of the videos are below.

Health Matters Here on the Radio

This radio advertisement aired on Z1079 and WZAK

You have your policy, now what?

Shared Use Workshop II

Shared Use Facilities Near You


Alfred A Benesch

5393 Quincy Ave, Cleveland, OH 44104

Garden Valley Neighborhood House

7100 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland, OH – 44104


Lexington Bell

7724 Lexington Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103

East Cleveland

Lakeside Baptist Church

12600 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44112

MLK Civic Center

14801 Shaw Ave, East Cleveland, OH 44112

Mt. Nebo Baptist Church

12701 Superior, East Cleveland, OH 44112

South Collinwood

  Collinwood High School 

15210 St Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44110

Siggy’s Village

15416 Saranac Rd. Cleveland, OH 44110


FDR Investment School

800 Linn Dr, Cleveland, OH 44108

Glenville High School 

650 E 113th St, Cleveland, OH 44108

Vicky Trotters Juice Bar

11401 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44108

Union Miles

John Adams High Sschool 

3817 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Cleveland, OH 44105

Community Ambassadors and Shared Use

Key to Success

Community Health Ambassadors play a key role in increasing activity opportunities in Cuyahoga County through Shared Use Agreements. Community Ambassadors are active members of the communities that they live, and help determine which facilities could benefit the community to develop a shared use agreement. They also assist with identifying neighbor interests, to see which activities would have good participation.
Ms. Lean, Zumba instructer leads a class at Friendly Inn Settlement.