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The View from Ward 2: Issue #43

El Arepazo Latino

It looks like the former Burgers 2 Beer location on Detroit Ave. is not going to be vacant any longer! El Arepazo Latino is planning to start serving a mix of Latin foods staring at the end of May. To learn more, please read the recent Cleveland Scene article. I am excited to welcome this new addition to our community.

Kauffman Park Upgrades

The Planning and Development Department notified City Council that Cuyahoga County awarded the City a $50,000 Community Development Supplemental Grant to be used for Kauffman Park upgrades! This grant will be used to pay for a portion of the water pump feature and the picnic shelter. The Planning and Development Department has worked closely with the community for years and was excited to announce that construction of the new additions to Kauffman Park should begin this summer. The new additions include:
  • replacement and relocation of the playground equipment, adding nature play elements;
  • adding a water play feature (hand pumps and channels);
  • adding a new picnic shelter;
  • repurposing the grass blade decorative bike racks;
  • adding a new 6ft asphalt path around the play area with pedestrian scale lighting;
  • looping the existing water line to improve function; and
  • replacing the asphalt path into the park from the parking lot with an ADA compliant concrete pathway.
Thank you to the Planning and Development Department staff and community members that made this all possible!

Madison Park

I was saddened, horrified, and furious to learn that another shooting occurred at Madison Park. Many of you have contacted me to share your concerns, fears, and recommendations on how to ensure that Lakewood remains a place where all feel welcomed and safe - thank you. I am heartened by the influx of engagement that has resulted from these events and am taking the time to carefully consider each and every recommendation I have received from community members.

I do not support the permanent removal of the basketball hoops as a solution to the recent criminal activity, as I have repeatedly stated. I have yet to be presented or find any evidence that there is a causal link between basketball courts and criminal activity, in general. Last week, Mayor George notified members of Council that it was Chief Kaucheck’s recommendation to temporarily remove the hoops. Mayor George shared the facts and circumstances behind this decision, and I found her explanation reasonable and appropriate. Unfortunately, I cannot yet share the reasoning behind this decision because it could jeopardize an ongoing investigation. I respectfully ask for your patience as the investigation continues and I am confident that, when appropriate, Mayor George will share why this decision was made.

Safety is at the very foundation of what makes Lakewood a place that we love and why so many aspire to live here. Councilmembers Sarah Kepple, Tess Neff, and I have submitted a communication to Council outlining how we would like to see this issue approached. You can find the communication here.
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