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A designer won a grant worth more than $200,000 to transform a closed Akron freeway into a pop-up forest.

The project is called the Innerbelt National Forest, and will connect two isolated neighborhoods with a lush, wooded public space.

Akron’s six-lane Innerbelt, also known as State Route 59, was started in the 1970s, but was never actually completed. The highway was supposed to connect parts of central Akron to the city’s suburbs, but it eventually isolated certain neighborhoods because it was never fully finished.

A stretch of the dilapidated highway will be transformed with trees, seating, unique light installations, and public events, according to

The park will not be open until 2018, and will last for three months.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

Picture Courtesy of Ron Stanford and Getty Images

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