City of Cleveland Launches ‘Safe Summer 2018’

Mayor Frank G. Jackson has announced a series of efforts to help Cleveland residents, especially youth, enjoy a safer summer. The announcement follows the start of the City’s outdoor pool season and is also a celebration of the newly renovated Forest Hills Park in the Glenville neighborhood.

“We invest millions of dollars in our recreational facilities, in our parks, in our playgrounds and in programming so kids can have a safe summer,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Our aim is to keep kids engaged and help them find more opportunities to develop their physical, emotional and mental well-being.”

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Pools and Spray Basins

All City of Cleveland outdoor pools opened June 9 at noon. The pools open every Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 7:30 p.m. The pools will also be open on Mondays and Tuesdays when temperatures reach 85 degrees and higher. Spray basins will open seven days a week when the temperatures rise to 80 degrees or higher. All indoor pools are open Monday through Saturday.

Improvements to Forest Hills Park 

The $188,336.45 Forest Hills Park renovation features a new addition of 12,000 square feet of green space, one tennis court, benches, and refurbished basketball courts. Two half basketball courts were installed within the full basketball courts.

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

The City and the Division of Police have once again partnered with Pierre’s Ice Cream. 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 again generously donated 10,000 servings of ice cream to assist with the initiative.

Summer Safety

The Divisions of Police, Emergency Medical Service and Fire are offering additional educational material throughout the recreation centers. 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 animals 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 Camp, Showagon, the traveling performing arts stage, and the Summer Food Program. The food program is similar to those offered in City schools. Free lunches are offered to children age 18 and under Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m.

The City is also launching its summer camp program at Camp Forbes. The camp is for youth ages 9-13 and accommodates 100 children per week. The City’s summer playground program includes 25 staffed playgrounds where activities are offered to help children ‘get up and go.’ Playgrounds open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Download a list of all the staffed playgrounds.

Additional summer activities include organized sports, performance arts, roller 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 p.m. Several recreation centers will have extended summer hours which began June 20, 2018 and run through August 4, 2018. Those centers are Lonnie Burten, Zelma George, Glenville, Cudell, Fairfax, Michael Zone, Earle B. Turner and Thurgood Marshall.

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.

For more information regarding summer programs and activities please call (216) 664-2561 or 664-2570. Residents are encouraged to take pictures with the ‘Let’s Chill CLE’ ice cream truck and tag the City of Cleveland on social media using #LetsChillCLE. Follow all of the City’s summer activities on social media using #SafeSummerCLE.