Department of Public Works

Division of Parks and Public Property

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Parks and Public Property is to maintain our public buildings, enhance and beautify our parks and public properties and upgrade and improve our playgrounds and parks amenities to provide the citizens of Lakewood with attractive, well-maintained and well-managed facilities and with the finest recreational opportunities available.

Division of Parks and Public Property

The Division of Parks and Public Property is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all publicly-owned properties, including publicly-owned buildings, Lakewood’s 75 acres of parks property and an additional 75 acres of greenspace. The Division is comprised of 3 separate units:

  • Construction and Maintenance
  • Groundskeepers
  • Security
Construction and Maintenance:

The building and maintenance crew consists of electricians, carpenters, plumbers and painters, many of whom hold additional professional licenses and certifications, including Pool Operators and Boiler Operators licenses. In addition to the everyday maintenance challenges that arise with the upkeep of Lakewood City Hall, City Hall Annex Building, the three Lakewood Fire Stations, the Division of Youth, Municipal Garages, Foster and Madison Pools and other parks buildings, they are also responsible for remodeling projects and new construction. Together with the Parks Groundskeepers, they set up and provide crew for special events including Band Concerts in Lakewood Park, Friday Night Flicks, the Holiday Lighting Festival, the 4th of July events and fireworks, the Community Festival, the Farmers Market and the Arts Festival.

Parks Groundskeepers:

Lakewood’s trained landscapers keep the City’s turf and landscaped areas looking beautiful and remaining healthy year-round. Seasonal duties include landscaping, turf maintenance, irrigation, pruning, snow removal and salting City-owned parking lots and sidewalks and assistance with City-wide leaf collection. The Parks Groundskeepers will also make repairs to treelawns that are damaged as the result of excavations for underground utility repairs or tree removals.

Security:

The Division of Parks and Public Property employs part-time security guards at City Hall, Lakewood Park, and the Woman’s Club Pavilion. In addition to keeping a watchful eye over publicly-owned properties, the security guards often provide information to visitors to the City’s public properties and parks.

Community Parks

The Lakewood Parks system consists of 15 dedicated parks and approximately 75 acres of “greenspace”. The parks are categorized as either Community Parks (3 or more acres), Neighborhood Parks (up to 3 acres), or Pocket Parks (less than 1 acre).

The following is a list of Parks and a brief description of the facilities available.

Lakewood Park

This 31 acre lakefront park, the crown jewel of the Lakewood Parks system, is located at the intersection of Belle and Lake Avenues. The Park offers a multitude of activities, including:

  • Foster Pool: open during the summer months, various programs offered including open swims, learn to swim classes, senior swims etc. For program information call the Community Recreation & Education Department at 529-4081.
  • Construction of a new zero entry children's wading pool was completed in 2002.
  • Four Tennis Courts with a Flexcourt Surface
  • Three sand volleyball courts, open to the public (unless permits for league play have been issued by The Community Recreation & Education Department). Call 529-4081 for league or permit information.
  • Kids Cove Playground area
  • The Lakewood Park Bandshell, offers free concerts on Sunday evenings, and free movies for children during the summer months. Refer to the City News and Events link for a list of dates and further information.
  • The Lakefront Promenade is a gorgeous brick walkway where visitors can enjoy a lovely view of the lake as well as a wonderful skyline of downtown Cleveland. (new in 2006)
  • Handicap-accessible ramp, with stone walls and brick pavers, which extends from the top of the bluff to the lower Lakefront Promenade (new in 2006)
  • Picnic areas located throughout the park, with grills and tables
  • Two softball fields, available to the public, unless a permit from the Board of Recreation has reserved the field. Call 529-4081 for permit information.
  • Old Stone House: Lakewood’s oldest stone house, now a museum, call 221-7343 for hours and tour information.
  • Lakewood Skatepark: 9,500 sq foot concrete skatepark featuring a smooth quiet surface with street and bank obstacles for all skill levels and bleachers for viewing. Open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

The Pavilions at Lakewood Park

The Woman's Club Pavilion, an enclosed year round facility, is available to the public for Meetings, wedding receptions or special get-togethers. For more information call the Public Works Office at 216-529-6800.
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The Kiwanis Open Pavilion is reserved from May through October of each year. Reservations can be made beginning March 1st. This facility offers four separate sections that can be reserved either individually or together. Each section seats fifty people. For more information call the Public Works Office at 216-529-6800.
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Gazebo Rental: Reservations for the Gazebo in Lakewood Park can be made from May 1st to October 31st. Reservations must be made at least (1) week in advance. Fee is $25.00 per two (2) hour blocks. Your cleanup and setup need to be included in that time period.
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Madison Park

Located at 13201 Madison Ave. offers the following:

  • Usher Field: Lighted softball field. Call The Community Recreation and Education Department at 529-4081 for league and permit information.
  • Full length soccer field, available to the public, unless a permit from the Board of Recreation has reserved the field. Call 529-4081 for permit information.
  • Open picnic pavilion with four grills, available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Three tennis courts
  • Becks Pool: open during the summer months, various programs offered including open swims, learn to swim classes etc. For program information call The Community Recreation & Education Department at 529-4081.
  • New playground equipment installed in 2008

Kauffman Park

Located at 15450 Detroit, behind the shopping plaza, offers the following:

  • Jimmy Foxx Field: Lighted softball/hardball field. Call The Community Recreation and Education Department at 529-4081 for league and permit information.
  • Playground areas
  • Two tennis courts

Lakewood Dog Park

The Lakewood Dog Park is located at 1699 Metropark Drive in the Metroparks near to the Lakewood Water Treatment Plant. The Lakewood Dog Park, which is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day, provides a fenced-in area where owners may exercise their dogs off-leash to play and socialize with other dogs.

Dog Park Rules


BEFORE ENTERING THE PARK

  1. Keep dogs leashed when outside the fenced-in dog park area. Owners and dog handlers must keep a leash for each dog on their persons at all times. If your dog is involved in aggressive or unruly behavior, leash the dog and leave the dog park immediately.
  2. Dogs may enter the dog park if accompanied at all times by an adult owner or dog handler. There is a limit of 3 dogs per adult owner or dog handler.
  3. The dog park is not intended for infants and small children. For safety, children under age 7 are not permitted. Children ages 7 to 17 must be accompanied and closely supervised by parent or guardian. You will be asked to leave if children are not closely supervised.
  4. Dogs must have current license and be up to date on all vaccines. Licenses, vaccine information and ID tags must be affixed to each dog’s collar and a collar must be worn by dogs at all times.
  5. To prevent aggressive canine behavior, human and dog food of any kind are prohibited.
  6. Dogs must be at least 4 months old to enter.  Dogs under 25 pounds may use the small-dog area.
  7. Toys, baby equipment and sports equipment should not be brought into the dog park. Firearms and weapons are prohibited.
  8. Dogs in heat or pregnant may not enter the dog park
  9. Securely close each entrance and exit gate before opening the next gate.

WHILE INSIDE THE DOG PARK

  1. Owners and dog handlers must be within the fenced-in area and with their dogs at all times.
  2. Owners and dog handlers must have their dogs in sight and be in control of their dogs at all times. All humans and dogs engaged in altercations or aggression will be asked to leave. Cooperation between owners and dog handlers is expected.
  3. Always clean up after your dogs. Be watchful of your dogs, and pick up and dispose of fecal waste. Biodegradable waste bags, tools and trash receptacles are normally provided. Please leave the park as clean as, or cleaner than, it was when you arrived. Please do not leave litter or cigarette butts.
  4. Please do not use profane language in the dog park.  Civility and cooperation are expected.
  5. Owners and dog handlers are responsible and liable for all damage or injury inflicted by their dogs.

VIOLATIONS OF THESE RULES MAY RESULT IN PROSECUTION AND A PARK BAN (L.C.O. 905.98, .99).


Click here for information about the Friends of the Lakewood Dog Park.

Neighborhood Parks

Webb Park

Located at 1301 Webb Road, offers the following:

  • One tennis court
  • Playground areas installed in 2001
  • Picnic tables
Edwards Park

Located at 16800 Detroit Ave. New playground equipment to be installed in 2002.

  • One Tee-Ball field open to the public unless a prior permit has been issued by The Community Recreation and Education Department. Call 529-4081 for permit information.
  • Playground areas
Wagar Park

Located at 15900 Madison at the intersection of Madison and Hilliard Blvd.

  • Four tennis courts
  • New playground equipment installed in 2008
  • Picnic tables
Merl Park

Located at the intersection of Bunts Road and Merl Avenue

  • One tennis court
  • Playground area
  • Picnic tables
Cove Park

Located at 1294 Cove Avenue

  • One Tee-Ball field open to the public unless a prior permit has been issued by The Community Recreation and Education Department. Call 529-4081 for permit information.
  • Various playground equipment
  • Picnic tables

Pocket Parks

Park Row Park

Located at 1386 Park Row, offers the following:

  • Playground equipment
  • Picnic tables
Niagara Park

Located at the corner of Lakewood Heights (south of I-90) and Niagara, offers the following:

  • Playground area
  • Picnic table
Celeste Park

Located at the corner of Clifton and West Clifton, this park is a scenic area to sit at a park bench or table to relax and enjoy a bit of nature.

Sloane Park

Located at 1355 Sloane Ave. this park offers a scenic place to sit and relax to enjoy the two Adopt-a-Spot gardens.

City Center Park

Located at the intersection of Cook and Detroit Ave. this scenic area offers a place to sit and relax while shopping.

Isaac Warren Park

Located on Warren Rd. just north of Detroit, this scenic pocket park offers a place to sit and relax during a lunch break Two picnic tables are available in a greenspace located across the street just north of the parking lot.

Clifton Prado Park

Located at 1265 Clifton Prado, this park offers the following:

  • Playground area
  • Picnic table