The Mayor's Report
The Mayor's Report - June 22, 2021
To the Great Residents of Garfield Heights and all of our Community Partners
The past few months have been motivating as we begin some limited opportunities to gather together in person after a year of distancing. I assure you that throughout the pandemic, the business of the city has continued with staff in every department providing service to our residents and businesses. We have re-opened the building for essential business. Access to the building department is back to pre-pandemic hours of operation. All other departments require an appointment. Our beautiful swimming pool is now open for the season and learn-to-swim lessons are available at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, which is located in our Civic Center complex. I also encourage everyone to visit our municipal parks and playgrounds located throughout the city. We continue to provide transportation and meals for our seniors, but do not yet have a reopening date for the Senior Center. And, the monthly food pantry continues to operate.
The city’s administrative staff and I have been working with the Cuyahoga County Planning Department on a new Master Plan for Garfield Heights. We received a grant to have this work done. County Planning functions as a public sector-based consulting agency with extensive, multi-disciplinary experience in providing professional planning services to local governments. The Master Plan work involves looking at current conditions, outlining the community's vision for how it wants to grow and develop, and the identification of specific goals and actions that our community can consider in order to accomplish the outlined vision. A community survey is being developed and I encourage as many people as possible to share their thoughts and ideas when it is available.
Our partners at Cleveland Metroparks are making improvements to Garfield Park Reservation, including a new, rentable pavilion and an upcoming water project that will include the restoration of the ponds located on the Broadway Avenue side of the park. The park system visions fishing, kayaking, and boating at Garfield Park. A survey about water activities related to it and the upcoming project is available at City Hall, the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, the Garfield Heights Branch Library, and at Garfield Park Reservation. More exciting details will be reported as Cleveland Metroparks rolls out this project.
I hope that you and your families stay safe throughout the summer and particularly as we begin to gather more in person. As always, you can call my office with your concerns about the city. Let’s all continue to work together and care about our neighbors and our community.
-Matthew A. Burke, Mayor
Welcome to Garfield Heights
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