Recreation centers, parks, ballfields and more will be improved after Cleveland City Council authorized the city to spend nearly $22 million.
The legislation council passed authorized construction, rehabilitation, renovation or replacement of various public buildings and facilities, including city-owned rec centers, fire stations, parks, the Public Auditorium and the mounted police stables. All together, more than a dozen upgrades and repairs will be made, some of which long overdue.
Funding sources include bond sales totaling $31 million. The ambitious projects – about 31 of them — will employ architects, engineers construction workers. Ord. No. 543-2020; 544-2020.
Among the projects:
- $8 million for a new recreation center adjacent to a new John F. Kennedy High School on Miles Road in the southeast corner of the city.
- $4 million for upgrades to the Kovacic Recreation Center in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood.
- $2 million in improvements to city pools.
- $1 million for improvements to basketball courts and ballfields citywide.
- $1 million for improvements at League Park in Hough.
- $800,000 to buy land and develop Canal Basin Park in The Flats.
- $700,000 for upgrades at the Hamilton Recreation Center on Kinsman Road near Union Avenue.
- $500,000 for roof work at recreation buildings citywide.
In some cases, the projects would involve work to address deficiencies in old buildings and upgrades to outdoor facilities.
Other projects would the new role the envisions for rec centers, using the sites to help families access other city resources, such as health and mental health services.
Other projects funded by city Council.