City of Cleveland Kicks Off ‘Safe Summer 2017’

Mayor Frank G. Jackson today announced a series of efforts to help Cleveland residents, especially youth, enjoy a safer summer. Today’s announcement aligns with the City’s outdoor pool season and unveiling of the newly renovated Greenwood Park in Ohio City. ‘Safe Summer 2017’ is part of the mayor’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, a series of legislation and programs aimed at improving City neighborhoods. View the announcement.

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“Thanks to the citizens of Cleveland for passing Issue 32,” said Mayor Jackson. “Because of the enhanced budget we are able to keep pools open this summer and keep kids engaged in the recreation centers with expanded activities. Remember to have a safe summer and enjoy all the activities in your neighborhood.”

Introducing a Renovated Greenwood Park

The $330,000 Greenwood Park renovation features a new playground with swings, drinking fountain, benches, skateboard area and refurbished basketball courts. Twelve new trees have been planted as well as significant fencing repairs and the removal of tall perimeter fences. Including the Greenwood Park pool, all of the city’s outdoor pools opened today for the summer season.

Cleveland Division of Police “Let’s Chill Together” Ice Cream Truck

The City and the Division of Police are also launching a new partnership with Pierre’s Ice Cream to create a fun neighborhood ice cream truck. The “Let’s Chill Together” truck is staffed entirely by Cleveland police officers, as part of the City’s community policing efforts. Traveling throughout the city, the truck will be seen at local recreation centers and various summer events. Pierre’s has donated 10,000 units of ice cream to assist with the initiative.

Promoting Summer Safety

The Divisions of Police, Emergency Medical Service and Fire are offering additional educational material throughout the recreation centers. Materials such as the “Safe Summer Pledge” promote safety, health and well-being among Cleveland youth. Also, the City’s outdoor pools and recreation centers will be patrolled by police officers during open hours. Additional tips, including ways for seniors to stay cool during the warmer months, and tips on dog and animal safety will also be available.

Recreation Centers Offer Summer Programming

The City’s recreation centers launch several programs for children and adults during the summer. Key programs include the Playground Program, Summer Lunch Program and Summer Camp. The program is similar to those offered in City schools. Free lunches are offered to children age 18 and under Monday-Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The City is also launching its summer camp program at Camp Forbes. The camp is for ages 9-13 and accommodates 100 children per week. The City’s summer playground program includes 26 staffed playgrounds where staff offer activities to help children ‘get up and go.’ Playgrounds open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. View a list of all the staffed playgrounds.

Additional summer activities include organized sports, performance arts, ice skating, and more. Activities are designed for participants from young children to seniors. Cleveland recreation centers are open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Several recreation centers will have extended summer hours. Detailed information on activities is available.

The City of Cleveland also has several summer volunteer opportunities at its recreation centers. Volunteers enrich the community in several areas including the arts, sports, education, and mentoring. Potential volunteers are asked to apply in person at the recreation center of their choice.  The center will work with each participant to familiarize them with the center and requirements of the position. View information on volunteer opportunities.

Residents are encouraged to take pictures with the ‘Let’s Chill Together’’ ice cream truck and tag the City of Cleveland on social media using #LetsChillCLE. Photos will be entered into a contest for a free lunch at City Hall with Mayor Jackson. Contest starts June 10. Valid entries must be from a resident of the City of Cleveland. Follow all of the City’s summer activities on social media using #SafeSummerCLE.

Cleveland Road Work News: June 12, 2017

road work ahead

Thanks to Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s enhanced budget, made possible by Issue 32, the City of Cleveland is embarking on more street improvement projects in 2017 than years past. Projects span all neighborhoods and wards throughout the city.

Here are some highlights about this year’s road work:

  • Street resurfacing began on April 27, 2017 and will continue through the summer, weather permitting. The first resurfacing project took place in Ward 4 on Parkview Avenue near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
  • Potholes are serviced year round, weather permitting. The Department of Public Works has increased its pothole crews from three to 10 as a result of the passage of Issue 32.
  • This year, with the completion of the Pavement Management Study we have a graded system that allows us to select the streets that are in the greatest need of resurfacing. We are using the worst first approach to road resurfacing.
  • We are projecting to resurface 95 streets this year.
  • Thanks to Issue 32 funds, the City of Cleveland has reinstated street sweeping services.

Click here to view today’s roads update.

Updates will be posted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Stay Safe & Beat The Heat in CLE with These Tips

Stay cool, CLE! Monday will be the hottest day of the week in CLE, with temperatures topping out at 91 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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The City of Cleveland encourages its residents to take precautions to beat the heat and enjoy a safe summer:

  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. Remember to avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
  • Stay indoors – Air conditioning is the best way to prevent heat related illness, especially for those who are 65 years or older, infants and children, and those with chronic medical conditions.
  • Schedule outdoor activities outside of peak sunlight hours or rest often in the shade.
  • Check in on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Do not leave children or pets in vehicles.
  • Check on animals frequently. Make sure they have water and shade.

When temperatures rise to 85 degrees or higher, the City of Cleveland will open its 22 outdoor pools no matter the day of the week. City outdoor pools are open from the second weekend in June through the second weekend in August, Wednesdays thru Sundays from noon until 7:30 p.m. The City also operates 19 indoor pools at its recreation centers.

Click here for a list of City of Cleveland pools.

The Divisions of Police, Emergency Medical Service and Fire are offering additional educational material throughout the recreation centers. Materials such as the “Safe Summer Pledge” promote safety, health and well-being among Cleveland youth. Also, the City’s outdoor pools and recreation centers will be patrolled by police officers during open hours. Additional tips, including ways for seniors to stay cool during the warmer months, and tips on dog and animal safety will also be available.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more summer safety tips using #SafeSummerCLE.