The President's Corner
The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter everyday in our COVID world. Personally, I am looking forward to getting out this summer, as I am sure you are. So, this month I am devoting my column to some of the venues in Parma that I plan to make a part of my summer plans. I hope that you will consider joining me. Best wishes for a safe, fun, and blessed summer.
Help Keep Big Creek Clean (Saturday, June 5)
A collaboration between many environmental organizations for several years, volunteers are needed once again to help clean up one of Parma’s most important watersheds. All individuals and organizations interested are asked to meet at 9:00 am at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Snow Road Picnic Area along Big Creek Parkway. Bags and gloves will be provided, but it is suggested you wear long pants and boots. The event will go until noon when a light lunch and drinks will be provided. For more information contact Amy Roskilly at the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District at 216-524-6580 (x1005).
Catch a Game at Veterans Memorial and/or Mayor James Day Park (Various Dates/Times)
When was the last time you strolled through State Road Park or Nike Park? Have you seen the beautiful memorials in honor of our veterans, the monument of the Parma Amateur Athletic Federation, the smooth walking/jogging path and the many other amenities these parks have to offer? Try your hand at disc golf, which has become very popular in recent years. You can also catch one of the many exciting baseball or softball games that go on pretty consistently throughout the summer. Or, watch a game of cricket on a Saturday morning. It’s free!
The Parma Animal Shelter
The hard working volunteers at our fine animal shelter located at 6260 State Road, run a great program over there and, although the shelter is closed to the public, you may schedule an adoption appointment. If COVID has you down and you need some companionship, why not consider adopting a cute and cuddly cat or dog. Visit their website at https://parmashelter.org or call them at 440-885-8014. You can even check out the pets up for adoption at their website!
Tees for Tails Golf Outing (Saturday, June 19)
You can also support the Parma Animal Shelter’s mission by hitting the links at Parma’s own Ridgewood Golf Course by taking part in this fun event. The 18 hole scramble kicks off at noon and includes lunch, dinner, and lots of other amenities. For more information go to https://parmashelter.dojiggy.com.
10th Parma Area Run-Walk for Pierogies (Saturday, July 3)
Sponsored by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, former Mayor Dean DePiero, and Perla Pierogies at 5380 State Road, the Run-Walk has become a Parma area summer staple. Consistently hosting over 800 runners and walkers, participants are treated with the signature t-shirt, as well as a certificate for a half-dozen pierogies from Perla’s. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event, while children 11 and under are $10. The charity event will take place once again on the campus of CCC-West. For more information check out www.hermescleveland.com or Twitter or Facebook @pierogie5k.
Independence Day Parade (Saturday, July 3)
When you are done walking or running, head over to Parma’s famous July 4th parade (moved to July 3 in years that the 4th falls on a Sunday). The parade begins near Snow Road and proceeds south on Ridge to The Shoppes at Parma. Commencing at 10:00 am, the event hosts several local veterans and fraternal organizations, Parma’s safety forces, local high schools bands, Boy and Girl Scout troops, several elected officials, among many other groups.
Stearns’ Homestead (Saturdays)
Come out and enjoy Parma’s only working farm located at 6975 Ridge Road from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays from May through mid-October. Take the family back in time and feed the animals, tour the homestead, check out the vendors for fresh eggs, baked goods, locally grown produce and honey, and more at this forty-eight acre farm. Find out about their activities at http://www.stearnshomestead.com.
Cleveland Metroparks’ West Creek Reservation
I am still surprised at how many Parma residents still have not visited the newest jewel in our Emerald Necklace right here in Parma on West Ridgewood Drive near Broadview Road. The Watershed Stewardship Center is nationally famous for being the first of its kind to teach park-goers about the importance of being good stewards of our waterways. Hopefully, it will open again soon. However, the many trails, bridges, and overlooks are open and are simply stunning. My favorite is Lookout Ridge Overlook, where you can catch a beautiful view of the Cleveland skyline. You have to see it for yourself and I guarantee you will be proud of what we have. To find out more visit www.clevelandmetroparks.com.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan