Our Cleveland Metroparks are golden: Highlights

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Cleveland Metroparks received the 2021 National Gold “Best in Nation” Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management.

The award, which was announced at the 2021 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) conference in Nashville, is the nation’s highest honor in parks and recreation.

The national recognition follows several recent significant achievements by Cleveland Metroparks, including a record 19.7 million recreational visitors in 2020, the addition of more than 700 acres and nearly 30 miles of trails across the Collar. emerald, and the completion of the Re-Connecting Cleveland TIGER Trails Project that connects more than 66,000 Cleveland residents to the area’s extensive trail system, lakefront and urban core of Cleveland.

A 2018 Trust for Public Land study found that Cleveland Metroparks generates an annual regional economic impact of $ 873 million by improving property values, reducing stormwater runoff, improving local health and well-being, and by generating tourism.

This is the fifth gold medal awarded to Cleveland Metroparks in program history and the second to Cleveland Metroparks under the leadership of CEO Brian M. Zimmerman. Fleet systems are only eligible to win the award once every five years.

The apps are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one class for state parks, and one class for the armed forces. Cleveland Metroparks received the gold medal in the Class 1 category, representing the largest park systems across the country based on the population served.

For more information on gold medals, visit www.aapra.org.

Pantry: Help stock Strongsville’s pantry for the holidays. A donation will allow you to participate in a raffle for a wine basket.

Donations of non-perishable items include canned rice, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, pasta, canned vegetables, tuna, beef stew, soups, peanut butter, jelly , pork and beans, toilet paper, bagged cat and dog food, etc.

Donations can be dropped off at the Royalview Pavilion in the Metroparks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 16.

You can also drop off your donations at the following homes. Items can be left near the front door, but include your name and phone number so you can be included in the drawing.

Beverly Masek at 17142 Rabbit Run Drive – [email protected]

Russ Smith at 9898 Lakeview Circle – [email protected]

Kate Eich at 12564 S. Churchill Way – [email protected]

In the event that you cannot drop off at any of the above locations, contact Masek at [email protected] and request a pickup. She can also answer all general questions.

All donations to the food drive are eligible for the wine basket draw. Consider offering a bottle of wine for the basket. You can drop it off or have it picked up as above.

Get organized: Ali Wenzke’s “Declutter and Get Your Home Organized” presentation at the Strongsville Library will teach you how to do just that. It’s 7 p.m. on October 18.

Wenzke, author of “Art of Happy Moving”, is known as the Marie Kondo of moving. She will offer you tips to make your home beautiful, simplified and relaxing.

Register at www.cuyahogalibrary.org to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Vaccination: Have questions about flu or COVID-19 vaccines or reminders? Are you wondering what you can do to protect your family?

The Southwest General Health Center is offering a presentation at 10 a.m. on October 20 at the Strongsville Library. A Southwest General pharmacist will discuss what you need to know now.

Register at www.cuyahogalibrary.org to receive the Zoom link to participate.

Trunk or treat: Strongsville’s First Baptist Church invites everyone to a free, family-friendly Trunk-or-Treat from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 23 at the church, 17444 Drake Road.

Costumes are encouraged, but should remain child-friendly. There will also be a raffle for a free photoshoot with Kelly Leigh Photography. For more information, visit https://m.facebook.com/kellyleighk/.

Friends helping friends: October 3-9 commemorates Fire Prevention Week and coincides with Friends Helping Friends donating $ 1,800 after a retired couple suffered a fire in a condominium.

Appointed by a friend and longtime member, the husband recently injured his back, leaving him unable to work and his wife recently retired, putting them in a precarious position to replace whatever was lost.

This one-off financial assistance will help them find new homes and replace lost household appliances.

“We always strive to meet the needs of our community and can report that 50% of our current beneficiaries have received support from Friends Helping Friends due to a house fire. Our goal is to reach out immediately so that they can rebuild without delay, ”says Gretchen Faro, executive director of Friends Helping Friends.

The group is planning their annual membership event for December 3 at Wagner’s in Westlake. This Christmas lunch seeks to attract new members and encourages community support by asking everyone to invite a friend.

Founder and Chairman Emeritus Dan Fronczak said, “This Christmas lunch is our opportunity to raise enough money through our $ 150 memberships to continue our work that we started over 40 years ago. We need to see an increase in membership so that we can meet the growing needs right here in our own neighborhoods. “

Their only event to attract new members last year had to be canceled due to the pandemic. Thus, they hope to catch up with sponsors and new members this year.

Friends Helping Friends is always looking for people to become participating members. Members each pay an annual contribution of at least $ 150. Then, at any time of the year, they can recommend financial help to a friend who is facing unexpected hardship. It is that simple.

For more information, contact Rachel Pelaia at [email protected] Visit Friends Helping Friends at https://fhfcharity.com/.

Let the Strongsville community know what’s going on in your organization, church, school, business or family. Write to me at [email protected].

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