The Tinker’s Creek watershed encompasses 96 miles and includes 19 TCWP member communities in Cuyahoga, Summit and Portage counties.
Just as the water and habitats differ in the watershed, so do the diverse communities and residents.
TCWP is featuring these communities in a blog. Each month TCWP will highlight news and activities in several of them. The blog posts will include links where you can get more information about each community.
City Council is considering a proposal to acquire the 53-acre spring-fed Geauga Lake and 40 acres of lakefront land in the former Sea World from Industrial Commercial Properties. The cost is about $4.5 million. Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin has said the city is considering redeveloping the property into a public park with a pool, beach, amenities and recreational attractions. The cost is about $4.5 million. Under the proposed plan, the city will use about $1.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds with the remainder coming from the general fund. The city may redevelop some structures, including the aquarium.There is a conceptual drawing on the city’s website. Read more by clicking here.
Entry level paddle board and kayak classes will be offered in July from 9 a.m. to noon until at Hudson Springs Park, 7095 Stow Road. Safety training, instruction and equipment will be provided by KSU RecWell Adventure Center. A stand up paddleboard class will be offered on July 22 and a kayak class will be offered on July 19. Participants must be at least 14 years old. Each class is $40/person (plus taxes and fees). Registration can be found at www.friendsofhudsonparks.org. To register for the class, you will need to set up an account and sign the waiver online. In addition to the 50-acre lake the park includes three picnic pavilions, a two-mile trail around the lake, disc golf, volleyball and a playground.
Mayor Annette M. Blackwell was presented with the 2023 Kindland Northeast Ohio Mayors’ Kindness Challenge First Place award on June 20. Kindland challenged all 59 Mayors in northeast Ohio to encourage kindness within each of their cities. Maple Heights also collaborated with the school district on kindness initiatives.
The city expects to install a new shelter/bandstand at Stafford Park this fall. It is funded from a $150,000 CDBG Block Grant from Cuyahoga County Department of Housing and Community Development.
John Dewey Elementary School will be soon be demolished, providing the city and school district with a unique opportunity to create additional green space as an extension of Green Road Park. The city was awarded a grant to receive planning services from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. July 12 at the elementary school, 23401 Emery Road. Information on the process is at Read more by clicking here.