Map: Cleveland Parks

It is the Year of Vibrant Green Space in Cleveland.
How are the parks in your neighborhood looking?

Barkwill Playground near Slavic Village. Community Activists fought for this park decades ago and now it's in disrepair.

Barkwill Playground near Slavic Village. Community Activists fought for this park decades ago and now it’s in disrepair.

Forest City Park is one of many basketball courts in disrepair. The land here was formally Cleveland's first amusement park!

Forest City Park is one of many basketball courts in disrepair. The land here was formally Cleveland’s first amusement park.

I put together this map of parks to encourage you to find out.

Too often Cleveland parks are not in good shape. Many of the parks I visited over the summer are missing basketball hoops, including Archmere, Calgary, Forest City and Impett parks.

One of the hoops at Belmont Park is totally bent and unusable.

Often playgrounds are rusted and desolate. Residents deserve better.

How are the parks near you doing? Check the map below to find what’s near you.

Click the button on the top left to filter by basketball, baseball, and tennis. The button on the top right will open a larger version.

Does your park need some help? Talk to your City Council Representative to get things fixed. You should specifically ask them to set aside block grant money to fix the issue.

You can also contact Parks Maintenance at 216-420-8301. This phone number isn’t listed on the city’s website but was told this would be the best place to contact.

Let me know if there’s a park missing on the Map. The current info provided by the City is from 2013. I spoke with the Parks Maintenance department and they are in the process of doing a complete assessment of the parks and should have new information available this year. They are also reviewing each park and starting to systemically make repairs. They also ran out of hoops last summer and the order came in late, hopefully the courts mentioned above will be repaired this spring.

Why Google Map? I would have preferred to use an open source map but I take transit everywhere and Google just makes that too easy. Click on any park in the Google Maps app and will give you directions immediately. Hopefully there are open source transit directions someday.

If you’d like to use the GPS data the KMZ file is available here. Let me know what you are doing with it and give me credit for the data is all I ask! If you need it in another format let me know.

A lot of Cleveland parks are near highways. Especially on the west side with I-90, I-71, I-480, the Shoreway and SR-176. Listen closely at most parks and you can hear cars whizzing along from the closest highway. I’d like to do a map with overlays of highways like this article did with schools. Any takers? Let me know.

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