Community Wellness

Environmentally friendly, healthy, active: Supporting healthy living and creating a more ecologically sustainable city.


Where We Are Today

The health of our community is maintained in a number of ways. Lakewood Hospital, supported by the Cleveland Clinic, providing world-class care in Downtown Lakewood. We are also well served with regard to food access with six grocery stores and two farmers markets. In 2012, the city offered 220 community meals, and two community churches hosted summer lunch programs.

We support active living with 15 dedicated parks totaling approximately 75 acres of greenspace. These include community parks (three or more acres), neighborhood parks (up to three acres), or pocket parks (less than one acre). In addition to city greenspace, Lakewood has direct access to the Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, which includes five ball fields, two boat launches, nine designated fishing areas, three golf courses, 10 picnic areas, and 23 trails. Lakewood’s Recreation Department takes full advantage of the city’s park space by administering 22 youth summer camps.

The city of Lakewood’s Human Services Department oversees three crucial services in our city: The Division of Early Childhood Development, The Division of Aging, and the Division of Youth.

With regard to the ecological health of our city, Lakewood was ranked 16th of 59 Cuyahoga County communities in 2014, based on the weights and measures of the materials collected as verified by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, with a residential recycling rate of 50.48%, our highest municipal recycling rate ever. In 2015 the city completed the city-wide automation of our curbside recycling program by distributing over 18,000 plastic recycling containers to residents over a two year timeframe to better streamline recycling collection, save money over the long run and improve recycling rates moving forward.

Below the city lie 166 miles of storm and sanitary sewer mains, with treatment capacity of 40 million gallons per day. In 2012, 85 recorded instances of sewer system overflow occurred, releasing untreated sewage to Lake Erie and the Rocky River.

Looking out for our residents, their health, public spaces, and the environment

  • Looking out for our residents+-

    The city of Lakewood’s Human Services Department oversees three crucial services in our city, providing services and programs for Lakewood residents.

  • Enjoying the outdoors+-

    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). Parks System Strategic Plan

  • 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.Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.
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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. Reservations must be made at least 1 week in advance.
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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., Madison Park 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, Kauffman Park 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.

    BEFORE ENTERING THE PARK

    • 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.
    • 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.
      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.
    • 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.
    • To prevent aggressive canine behavior, human and dog food of any kind are prohibited.
    • Dogs must be at least 4 months old to enter.  Dogs under 25 pounds may use the small-dog area.
    • Toys, baby equipment and sports equipment should not be brought into the dog park. Firearms and weapons are prohibited.
    • Dogs in heat or pregnant may not enter the dog park
    • Securely close each entrance and exit gate before opening the next gate.
    • Owners and dog handlers must be within the fenced-in area and with their dogs at all times.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Please do not use profane language in the dog park.  Civility and cooperation are expected.
    • 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).

  • Neighborhood and Pocket 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
  • Doing our part for sustainability+-

    Lakewood’s “Green Refuse and Recycling Initiative,” implemented in 2009, automated the City’s refuse collection system and mandated recycling at properties that receive municipal refuse collection. Automated refuse collection is the most efficient and cost effective system available today, and mandatory recycling participation saves tax dollars by reducing disposal costs and conserves natural resources. This Initiative provides efficient and cost-effective services while providing long-term economic and environmental benefits to the community.

    Here’s some additional information about the final phase of recycling in Lakewood.

    For more about the Rules and Regulations 2015 (August Update), click here.

  • Residential Curbside Collection+-

    The City of Lakewood Division of Refuse and Recycling provides once-per-week curbside service for the collection of household refuse, bulk items, recyclables and yard waste to properties with one through four household units.

    To see a map of garbage collection days, check out the map.

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    Multi-unit properties with five or more units are responsible for contracting refuse collection however the City of Lakewood collects furniture and other large bulk items, and recyclables, on the regular day in their area. See Multi-Unit Properties for additional information.

    Rules and Regulations

    The Director of Public Safety adopts Rules and Regulations for the placement of refuse, trash, bulk waste, yard waste and recyclables in a manner that will promote collection efficiency and the protection of the quality of neighboring properties.

    Any violation of any rule or regulation may result in the property owner being charged for the actual cost of such work or the administrative cost incurred for the enforcement of such rule or regulation. Property owners are responsible for making sure their tenants are aware of and comply with Rules and Regulations. Ord. 1777.02

    Collection Hours

    Regular Collection Hours: Monday through Friday – 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    *Holiday Collection Hours and days of collection are subject to change to accommodate collection in four instead of five days. Please refer to the Holiday Collection Schedule.

    Setout Hours: Between 6:00 p.m. the night before collection and 6:30 a.m. on the day of collection. Please refer to the Holiday Collection Schedule directions for set out hours during holiday weeks.

    Empty Refuse and Recycle Carts must be removed from the curb by the end of each collection day.

    Early and late set outs are violations of Ordinance 1777.01 and may result in collection fees charged to the property owner.

    Here’s some additional information about the final phase of recycling in Lakewood.

    For more about the Rules and Regulations 2015 (August Update), click here.

    Tags: trash garbage pickup refuse recycling 

  • Green Refuse and Recycling Initiative+-

    Have a look at this PDF to get the scoop about all the ins-and-outs of the city’s Green Refuse and Recycling Initiative. This document covers everything from disposing of construction materials and hazardous waste (such as paint) to obtaining an additional cart.

    The drop-off facility is located at 12920 Berea Road. Please call 216-252-4322 for any additional information.

    • Appliance & Metal Collection
    • Automated & Bulk Refuse Collection
    • Holiday Collection Schedules
    • Recycling Guidelines
    • Refuse FAQs
    • Yard Waste Guidelines
    • Multi-Unit Properties: Multi-unit properties with five or more units are responsible for contracting refuse collection however the City of Lakewood collects furniture and other large bulk items, and recyclables, on the regular day in their area.
    • Public can collection: Refuse and Recycling Division employees manually collect from more than 200 curbside public street cans each week. The City’s new, large capacity, automated collection street cans save time and reduce litter. Please notify the Refuse and Recycling Division if you see an overflowing public street can.

  • Learn more about the city's green initiative+-

  • Holiday Collection Schedules+-

    Holidays observed by the City of Lakewood may affect refuse and recycling collection schedules. The Division of Refuse and Recycling does not collect on Saturday or Sunday. If a holiday falls on Saturday, the holiday is observed on the Friday before; if a holiday falls on Sunday, the holiday is observed on Monday.

    The Division of Refuse and Recycling does not collect refuse or recyclables on the following observed holidays.

    Holiday Day Observed Date Observed

    New Year’s Day Wednesday January 1, 2015
    Martin Luther King Monday January 19, 2015
    Presidents’ Day Monday February 16, 2015
    Easter Monday Monday April 6, 2015
    Memorial Day Monday May 25, 2015
    Independence Day Friday July 3, 2015
    Labor Day Monday September 7, 2015
    Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 26, 2015
    Christmas Day Friday December 25, 2015

    During these holiday weeks, set-out all collections, including Refuse Carts, Bulk Trash, Recyclables, and Yard Waste, by 6:30 a.m. on the recommended day listed below to assure collection. Late setouts may not be collected, or if they are, the property owner could be charged for the collection.

    When a holiday is observed on Monday:
    Monday collections will be on Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, and Friday collections, be ready for collection by 6:30 a.m. on the regular day.

    When a holiday is observed on Tuesday:
    Monday collection will be on Monday. Tuesday collection will be on Wednesday. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday collections, be ready by 6:30 a.m. on the regular day.

    When a holiday is observed on Wednesday:
    Monday and Tuesday collections are on the regular day. Wednesday collections will be on Thursday. Thursday and Friday collections, be ready by 6:30 a.m. on the regular day.

    When a holiday is observed on Thursday:
    Monday collection will be on Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday collections, be ready by 6:30 a.m. on the day before the regular day. Friday collection is on Friday.

    When a holiday is observed on Friday:
    Monday collection will be on Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday collections, be ready by 6:30 a.m. on the day before the regular day. Friday collection is on Thursday.

  • Keeping, maintaining our tree canopy+-

    The City of Lakewood maintains all of the trees on public property, including those on tree lawns. Trees are removed when they are diseased or dead and pose a danger to the public. A certified urban forester supervises a crew of arborists who have all of the required equipment to trim branches, remove diseased trees including the stumps, plant new trees and shred the resulting wastes for recycling into mulch. Tree lawn trees are replaced according to a master reforestation plan. Mulch is available to Lakewood residents free of charge at the location near the Animal Shelter in the Rocky River valley. Logs are also available to residents for use as fire wood free of charge at the same location.

    As the city’s aging trees begin to die — many of them planted around the same time, 100 years ago — many of the warm and inviting canopies have disappeared.

    The city’s forestry department and Lakewood Tree Task Force have developed a comprehensive strategy to improve the tree canopy and add diversity to the variety of species around the city.

    In just two years, the organization has already helped plant dozens of trees at Madison and Lakewood parks, presented 19 recommendations to Lakewood City Council supporting tree legislation and worked with the city’s forestry department to plant nearly 600 trees around Lakewood.

    The city’s strategy also includes an effort to prepare the city for climate change, add diversity to the urban forest, withstand pest infestations and storms, and add in trees with more fall colors. More trees also means less storm water runoff.

    The Lakewood tree canopy has been assessed by satellite at 28.5 percent.

    “It’s good for a high-density, urban area,” said Chris Perry, the city’s public works unit manager, who oversees the forestry department. “But we can do better.”

    The goal is to increase the tree canopy by 10 percent, to 38.5 percent by the year 2035.

    Want to contribute? The task force is encouraging residents to support its Gift-A-Tree initiative.

    For more on the city’s tree strategy, see the city’s two recent videos: Planting Trees in Lakewood and Lakewood Working With the Tree Task Force to Improve Tree Canopy.

  • Are you having water- and/or sewer-service related problems? Give us a call Monday through Friday (from 7:30 AM to 4 PM) at 216-529-5941; for after-business hours, weekends, or holidays call Lakewood Police Dispatch at 216-521-6773.

  • Downloads about water, sewer+-

  • More info about the city's tree canopy+-

  • Block clubs+-

    The Lakewood Block Club program operates under the idea that “neighbors working together can make a difference.”

    Crime and fear of crime threaten a community’s well-being – people become afraid to use the streets and parks, properties deteriorate, residents and businesses gradually leave. Although today’s lifestyles tend to make it sometimes difficult to be as neighborly as we would like, being a good neighbor is one of the best methods of preventing crime.

    Block Club operates under the community policing principle that preventing crime and improving our City is everyone’s responsibility. It is successful because people want to assume a more active role in their communities and they work together in a partnership with the City to reduce or eliminate the threat of crime and enhance the quality of life for all.

    Statistics tell the story. Substantial decreases in crime and fear can be achieved through local neighborhood crime prevention efforts. In fact, it has been shown that neighborhoods with an active Block Club program can reduce incidents of residential burglary by over 50%.

    Active involvement and citizen participation in Block Club will:

    • Increase personal and property safety in the neighborhood
    • Increase awareness and reporting of crime and suspicious activities
    • Strengthen cohesiveness and community spirit
    • Reduce crime rates and the fear of crime
    • Help successfully address property and other neighborhood issues

    Want to join or start a block club? Call 216-529-6602 or send an email.

  • Clean Water Pilot Project+-

    The city of Lakewood is upgrading residents’ water meters and scheduling interior assessments for the Clean Water Pilot Study Project, which started in Lakewood in 2014. The study takes place in Lakewood, on Atkins and Eldred avenues, south of Hilliard and north of Delaware Avenue. In order for the city to meet its EPA compliance schedule, these assessments and upgrades need to be completed by May 1, 2015. The appointments are being scheduled now on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Appointment Scheduling Times

    • Monday through Friday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 2:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday at 5 p.m.
    • Routine work should take approximately two hours to complete, however, some may take longer based on configuration and condition of the house’s plumbing. Please contact Colleen Gillespie via phone at 216.529.6692 or via email at colleen.gillespie@lakewoodoh.net to schedule your appointment. Special appointment days/times can be made for those unable to be at the property during the above appointment times.

    About the Interior Access

    If the property owner is not available, an adult representative 18 years or older will need to be present during the scheduled assessment. The Lakewood team will all be carrying Lakewood identification cards. The city will need access to the water meter and sanitary sewer line in the basement. Please clear a route to these areas and a 5-foot radius around the base. Additionally, the team will need to know the location of all floor drains, utility tubs, sump pumps/pits, showers, toilets, etc. Please have the representative prepared to point these features out to the team. Your sanitary sewer lateral will be televised from inside the house to the street which may require snaking.

    Public Meeting

    The city will hosted a Clean Water Pilot Study Project update on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Harding Middle School in the cafetorium. Representatives were on hand to answer questions. This work under the pilot study is required per our agreement with the Ohio EPA.

    More information

  • Clean Water Lakewood+-

    In an effort to reduce wastewater in the city’s combined sewer outflows, the city is working with the EPA to improve the city’s collection of wastewater and treatment.

  • Keep Lakewood Beautiful+-

    The Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) organization was created in September, 1982 to promote civic involvement through public interest in the general improvement of the environment of Lakewood. The volunteer board initiates, plans and coordinates programs for litter prevention, solid waste reduction, recycling and green space beautification. New programing is always being developed, and new volunteers are always welcome.

    KLB is an affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful organization. Find us on Facebook for all the latest information, photos and useful links.