A diverse mix of people and ages from Cleveland’s First Neighborhood turned out for the Deer Park grand opening serving over 200 slices of customized cake and cookies by the Village Bake Shop. …
A diverse mix of people and ages from Cleveland’s First Neighborhood turned out for the Deer Park grand opening serving over 200 slices of customized cake and cookies by the Village Bake Shop.
The historic playground located within the heart of Historic Cleveland Neighborhood Association (HCNA) community recently received a major overhaul by the City of Cleveland.
As a throwback to decades of neighborhood children playing in the stream, climbing trees, or enjoying swings, slides and monkey bars, the new theme for the park is — “Deer Park, A Backyard Experience.”
Rufus Triplett and Amy Banks, HCNA board members and Deer Park alumni kids themselves, spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Triplett thanking the city for its vision and implementation of improvements for a new generation and provided some historic information about the origin of the park’s name. Triplett’s grade school teacher had shared the story of earlier days of Cleveland, when 8th street was approximately the city limit. Many deer were attracted to the creek and a salt lick was later provided which insured continued visits. Thus, the origin of the name.
Bank’s thanked city manager Joe Fivas and Parks and recreation director Patti Petitt for their vision and perseverance for this premier park nestled in the heart of our historic neighborhood. Banks humorously said she is thankful to have survived playing in the older park, in particular the metal monkey bars anchored in a concrete landing pad. Bank’s children grew up using the park and now her granddaughter can visit representing the third generation.
For over 17 years, HCNA with its many volunteers, has fostered maintenance and improvements to Deer Park. HCNA was also instrumental several years ago for the sidewalks that now connect to the neighborhood Arnold Elementary School just a few blocks away.
Located at the corner of 17th Street and Harle Avenue, Deer Park is just a couple of blocks away from the Cleveland/ Bradley Greenway, making the park a bike friendly destination, as well.
HCNA represents the downtown group of residents who appreciate Cleveland’s impressive collection of 19th and 20th century homes with sidewalks and tree lined streets; the conveniences of an urban lifestyle; and want to know their neighbors.
A vibrant place with heritage, Historic Cleveland Neighborhood Association is working for today and tomorrow, while preserving yesterday.
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