Donley’s served as Design/Builder for the transformation of Public Square to create an iconic urban park at the core of downtown Cleveland. Plans included removal of Ontario Street, which flowed north-south through the 10-acre space, while Superior Avenue remained open for buses. The northern half of the Square is dominated by a large, open event lawn, and the southern half will include a speaker’s terrace, a splash zone, and a café.

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument remained open as the iconic feature when approaching the Square from Euclid Avenue. The pedestrian walkway system, a key feature of the Development Plan, integrates the Monument into the overall park and enhances accessibility to it. The other significant statuary now located in Public Square, a statue of founder Moses Cleaveland and mayor Tom L. Johnson was re-positioned in new plazas.  A distinctive paving pattern ties in the perimeter walks with diagonal walkway ribbons extending from each corner and merging at the center of Public Square to create a pedestrian plaza. Scope involved coordination with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on new water quality and storm-water infrastructure.