Sometimes a single day of beautification efforts can have a significant visual impact.
Volunteers recently assisted with painting 16 bike racks along Detroit Avenue.
Such was the case during a recent Saturday when a volunteer crew from Lakewood Anglican Church joined forces with LakewoodAlive to enhance aesthetic appeal along one of the city’s major corridors. The group scrapped away rust then painted 16 bike racks on Detroit Avenue from Bunts Road to Summit Avenue, with local volunteer Jim Ryan finishing the job by taking care of the racks near Jammy Buggars.
Travel along Detroit Avenue now and you’ll notice bike racks painted a vibrant shade of blue – courtesy of paint provided to LakewoodAlive’s volunteer group by the City of Lakewood. It’s yet another step in the ongoing beautification process of Downtown Lakewood and surrounding areas.
The City of Lakewood’s Bicycle Master Plan was adopted by City Council in 2012, resulting in the installation of 50 bike racks citywide, among other bicycle-related improvements. One year later, Lakewood was recognized as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists for its commitment to bicycling programs, infrastructure and policies – a designation that remains valid for four years.
More recently, the City of Lakewood completed installation of bike lanes along Madison Avenue, incorporating “door zone markings” to reduce conflicts between people exiting parking cars as bicyclists are using the bike lane and “intersection crossings” to raise awareness for both bicyclists and motorists to potential conflict areas. These innovative additions represent a first for Northeast Ohio.
“Lakewood has developed such a strong reputation as a bicycle-friendly community, and we want to support the city’s bicycling infrastructure with our beautification initiatives,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “From a community-building perspective, the link between having a bikeable city and fostering vibrant neighborhoods is clear.”
For information on how you can get involved with assisting with painting other bike racks throughout the city, please contact Andrews at 216-521-0655 or email@example.com.
Free Home Educational Workshop Takes Place from 10 to 12 at Cleveland Lumber Company
Much of Lakewood’s housing stock was built in the early 1900s and it’s not uncommon for properties to have aging garages unfit for any use other than storage. Thankfully, this homeowner problem will be addressed next month when LakewoodAlive hosts a free workshop entitled “Knowing Your Home: Garage Repair and Replacement.”
LakewoodAlive’s last workshop of 2016 will address garages.
The 15th and final workshop of 2016 for the popular home educational series will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Cleveland Lumber Company (9410 Madison Avenue in Cleveland). There, attendees will gain insight into determining the best course of action for refurbishing or replacing an aging garage.
The experts at Cleveland Lumber Company will explore the following topics:
– General garage repairs like foundation rot, as well as issues related to dirt floors and the absence of a foundation
– Doors, roofs and carpentry issues
– Leaning garages and what can be done
– What to expect when undertaking the garage replacement process
– Working with contractors and architects to get what you want
Visit Lakewoodalive.org for more information and to reserve your free spot at this workshop.
“Whether used for parking, storage or additional living space, your garage represents a valuable yet often underutilized part of your home,” said Allison Urbanek, Housing Outreach Director for LakewoodAlive. “This workshop is designed to help Lakewood homeowners understand their options for addressing an aging garage, and possibly get a jumpstart on a project for next spring.”
In lieu of being charged to attend this workshop, participants are asked to either consider making a donation to LakewoodAlive or bringing canned foods or other non-perishable items for donation to the Lakewood Community Services Center. We appreciate your support.
The Blossoms Program resulted in the addition of 51 flower boxes, such as this one in front of Campbell’s Sweets Factory.
For more than four months this summer and fall, Downtown Lakewood enjoyed an extra splash of color and greenery thanks to the volunteer-driven Blossoms Program.
Begonias and impatiens dotted the urban landscape from the start of June through mid-October, creating a more appealing commercial district. The 10th year of LakewoodAlive’s Blossoms Program saw the addition of 51 flower boxes stretching east-to-west along Detroit Avenue from Barton Senior Center to Cerny Shoes – the most boxes in any year.
“The 10th year of the Blossoms Program was the best year yet, and we are extremely grateful to the dedicated group of volunteers who made this initiative possible,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “This volunteer-driven beautification service offered to Downtown Lakewood merchants is certainly consistent with our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.”
The Blossoms Program is designed to help Downtown Lakewood merchants make their storefronts more inviting and attractive. LakewoodAlive partnered with Lakewood Garden Center to provide an opportunity for merchants to purchase professionally-planted Earth Box planters with flowers appropriate for the sun/shade needs of each location.
Longtime LakewoodAlive volunteer Kathy Haber has coordinated the Blossoms Program since 2007. What started as hanging baskets that proved difficult to water has evolved into flower boxes featuring built-in water reservoirs that reduce watering requirements.
Flyers were sent to downtown merchants in January inviting them to participate in the Blossoms Program, which includes the rental of flower boxes and stands, the planting of flowers, consistent watering and the pickup and storage of all items come fall. Haber then spearheaded facilitation of the program shortly after Memorial Day.
Volunteers Paula Reed (background) and Kathy Haber (foreground) watered flower boxes this past summer.
With assistance from Lakewood Garden Center owner Paul Bilyk, who coordinates the Blossoms Program with a grower, the materials were dropped off at the Lakewood City Center Plaza at the start of June. There, Haber was joined by Bilyk, fellow volunteer Paula Reed and LakewoodAlive employees to distribute completed flower boxes to program participants.
Haber’s team of volunteers watered the flower boxes three times per week throughout the summer and early fall, and First Federal Lakewood assists with storing the water stands the rest of the year.
The success of LakewoodAlive’s Blossoms Program has enticed several merchants outside the downtown district to purchase flower boxes on their own. Meanwhile, many anchor businesses in Downtown Lakewood have faithfully participated in the program for years.
LakewoodAlive would like to thank the following volunteers for their assistance with this year’s Blossoms Program: City of Lakewood, Lakewood Garden Center, Paul Bilyk, Deshawn Brothers, Sue Echols, Traci Ezzo, Kathy Haber, Susan Krebs, Karen Lee, Jane Leschnik, Christina McCallum, Kathleen Miller, John & Norine Prim, Paula Reed, Kaitlyn Rosen, Marilyn Rudnick, Joyce Tabeling, Lili Torok, Karen Walsh and Alison Yonkers.
The sun sparkled in the clear autumn sky, the creative juices for costuming flowed and the canines came out in droves. This one, it seemed, was certainly for the dogs.
A picture-perfect day marked by temperatures in the 70s and an impressive turnout of four-legged participants made the 9th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday afternoon, October 15, memorable for canine and human guests alike. More than 225 pooches – the most in recent years – participated in this fun-filled event, and an estimated 1,500 people gathered in and around Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood for the festivities.
Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart and presented by LakewoodAlive, the Spooky Pooch Parade featured mutts and pure-breds, lap dogs and large canines, and a wide assortment of clever costumes adorned by both humans and their furry friends. Prizes were awarded to winning pooches as selected by a panel of judges:
– Best in Show: 1. Where’s Waldo 2. Kayaker 3. Loofa Dog – Best Pooch & Child: 1. Matador 2. Ghostbuster 3. Cocoa Pups – Best Pooch & Adult: 1. Pupkin Latte 2. Circus 3. Peacock – Best Pooch & Group: 1. Lakewood Rover 2. Gnomes 3. Crab – Spookiest Pooch: 1. Adams Family 2. Zombie 3. Purple People Eater
The event kicked off with a festival in Kauffman Park, where attendees enjoyed music, food, kids’ games, entertainment and vendors, many of which were dog-related. LakewoodAlive thanks the 29 vendors who participated.
Festivities continued with the much-anticipated parade, which saw a sizable cluster of costumed canines march along a route that included a stretch of Detroit Avenue. Spectators cheered and judges cast their votes as participating pooches strutted their stuff and delighted the crowd.
“The Spooky Pooch Parade represents a tail-wagging good time and prime opportunity to showcase Downtown Lakewood’s vibrancy, yet this popular community event would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive. “On behalf of our entire organization, I’d like to thank the many volunteers who helped make the 2016 Spooky Pooch Parade a rousing success. In particular, we’re grateful for the Kauffman Park Friends, who once again played a major role in facilitating this event.”
Event at Turkish Cultural Center Designed to Help Residents Learn About Local Resources Available to Them
LakewoodAlive will host Resource Fair 2016 on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at the Turkish Cultural Center.
If you’re a Lakewood resident, there are a multitude of local resources at your disposal – you simply need to know where to find them. That’s why LakewoodAlive is hosting Resource Fair 2016 on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Turkish Cultural Center (13303 Madison Avenue).
Residents are encouraged to attend, grab a snack and learn about local resources available to them in Lakewood. These resources range from housing outreach programs and educational initiatives to community wellness activities and cultural opportunities.
Representatives from various local organizations and companies will be on hand to explain the benefits associated with their offerings and discuss your individual needs. Bring your questions, needs and a list of interests with you.
“There’s simply a wealth of local resources available to Lakewood residents, but you have to know how and where to find them,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director. “Our Resource Fair is designed to connect residents with those resources that best fulfill their needs and improve their quality of life.”