The City of Cleveland today made the following announcements:
Enforcement of Park Rules and Regulations
All visitors to the City of Cleveland’s parks and recreation centers are required to abide by the laws and regulations within the parks and must do their part to promote the safe and healthy environments of these spaces. Parking and traffic regulations will be strictly enforced. Those found to be in violation of codified ordnances are subject to citation and/or arrest.
Over the course of the summer, there have been larger crowds throughout the parks system due to an increase in outdoor seasonal recreation and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. The City of Cleveland provides the following guidance and reminders relative to activities within city parks:
- Parks are open from 6am until 9pm ONLY. Entering parks outside of the designated times is a violation of the trespassing ordnance.
- Parking is permitted in designated parking areas ONLY. Parking is prohibited on grass and in areas not intended for parking. Violators will be ticketed and towed.
- Parking lots are subject to closure once vehicular capacity is reached. When parking is no longer available, vehicular traffic will be restricted.
- Alcohol is prohibited within city parks. There will be an overall heightened awareness by law enforcement in regards to alcohol related offenses including OVI and open container. Violators are subject to citation and arrest.
- Loud music and excessive noise is prohibited.
- Dogs must be leashed within the parks.
- Smoking is prohibited within the parks.
- Littering is prohibited within the parks.
- Grilling is permitted within designated areas ONLY.
Reporting of Emergencies
In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Report criminal activity and suspicious behavior to law enforcement. Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME. Non-emergencies should be reported via the police non-emergency line at 216-621-1234.
When attending crowded events with children, it is important to establish a family reunification point should you become separated from your group. If a child becomes lost in a crowd, call 911 and report them missing to law enforcement. Tell children that if they become lost, they should look for someone in uniform for help.
Heat Related Emergencies
Heat related emergencies occur when the body is unable to cool itself anymore and is most common when someone becomes dehydrated and the weather is hot and humid. The elderly, very young and people with chronic medical conditions are the most susceptible.
- There are 3 types of heat emergencies: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Heat cramps are muscle cramps in the abdomen, arms and legs, and can be treated by stopping activity, moving to a cool location, drinking fluids.
- Heat exhaustion is characterized by weakness, headache, dizziness and possible nausea and vomiting. Any of these symptoms should be treated by stopping activity, removing clothing, passively cooling the person and providing fluids.
- Heat stroke is a medical emergency and has symptoms similar to a stroke with confusion, dizziness, slurred speech, seizures and unresponsiveness. If this occurs you should call 9-1-1 immediately and quickly cool the person.
- Do your best to avoid becoming overheated! On hot days avoid strenuous activity when possible. Wear loose clothing, stay in a cool location if possible, and drink plenty of fluids. Check in on the elderly and watch children closely. These emergencies can come on and progress quickly; if you see any signs of heat illness in yourself or others be sure to stop activity and cool down.
Other Important Reminders
Mayor Jackson Addresses Delta Variant of COVID-19 in Video Message to Clevelanders
On July 28, 2021, Mayor Frank G. Jackson recorded a video message to Cleveland residents, urging them to stay safe amid the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the virus. To view Mayor Jackson’s video message, click here.