Highlight – Lakewood, Ohio

Lakewood’s strategic location along Lake Erie and close to Cleveland’s Public Square along with a dedication to the arts and “going green” makes this city a great place to call home or even just to visit.

The city is 5.6 square miles, which are composed primarily of a vintage residential community offering diversity in housing from modest single homes and apartments to luxury “Gold Coast” condominiums and homes of distinct architectural design located within a national historic district. Lakewood houses more than 1,000 businesses, is recognized for its tree-lined streets, excellent school system, outstanding City services, diverse and multicultural lifestyle, and extraordinary physical beauty.

Here is just some of what Lakewood has to offer residents and visitors:

  • Beck Center for the Arts is a non-profit, performing arts and arts education organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life for Northeastern Ohioans. We combine professional theatrical productions with comprehensive curriculum-based arts education in Creative Arts Therapies, dance, music, theater, and visual arts, serving over 50,000 annually in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, and Summit Counties.

  • Rocky River Reservation – The character of the 3.8 acre parcel reservation is strongly influenced by the Rocky River. Massive shale cliffs rise above the willows, sycamores and cottonwoods, and many trails wind through the valley’s deep floodplain forests, meadows and wetlands. Wildlife is common in the valley and visitors can expect to see numerous bird species and some common Ohio mammals year-round, including the white-tailed deer.

  • Edgewater Park has 6,000 feet of shoreline features two beaches, a playground, reservable pavilions and one of the best views of downtown Cleveland. A nearby fishing pier provides anglers access to Lake Erie while the boat ramps offer one of the few public boating access points on the west side of the city. Edgewater Beach, a 900-foot swimming beach is open with lifeguards daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through mid-August.

  • Keep Lakewood Beautiful is an affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful organization which promotes 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.

  • The Lakewood Downtown Arts Festival, Inc. selects around one hundred and sixty artists each year to exhibit. Awards, funded through the help of local business, are presented to artists in categories of Best of Show, First, Second, Third and Fourth Place, Best Creative Presentation and Best New Artist. Besides supporting the festival itself, money earned or donated goes towards a scholarship for a local high school graduate, a Lakewood resident, pursuing a degree in fine arts, and toward grants awarded local organizations presenting art programs for children and seniors in Lakewood.

  • A goal of becoming one of the most bicycle friendly communities in the country by 2015 – Forty-two bright blue bike racks have popped onto the scene along Detroit Avenue like tulips blossoming for spring. Similarly-colored circular bike signs mark the location of racks and informally denote cycling corridors. “Along with a group of Lakewood cyclists, we’re crafting our bicycle infrastructure for the next 15 years,” said Bryce Sylvester, with Lakewood’s Department of Planning and Development.

Lakewood, Ohio’s dedication to recreation, arts and culture, and promoting environmental friendliness makes it a great place to live and/or visit. You can find out more about the city, including upcoming events and year-round attractions, by visiting their official website!

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