Archive for May, 2008

Hear Timothy Tramble on WCPN 90.3 FM

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

On Tuesday, May 27, BBC Executive Director Timothy Tramble was a guest on WCPN 90.3 FM’s The Sound of Ideas. The topic of yesterday’s show wasAre Urban Gardens an Answer to the Foreclosure Question?,” and Tim discussed BBC’s urban tree farm project.

To listen to Tim’s appearance on the show, please click here. To read more about the Cleveland Inner-City Greening Initiative and its urban tree farm component, please click here.

Grand Opening of Grant Park

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Join Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, the City of Cleveland Department of Parks & Recreation, and representatives from Burten, Bell, Carr Development as we celebrate the opening of the newly-expanded Grant Park. The event will take place Wednesday, May 28 at 4pm. Grant Park is located on East 38th Street just north of Central Avenue in St. John’s Village West.

If you cannot attend the grand opening, please check back for photos from the event.

City Stars Players a Big Hit at Lonnie Burton Rec Center

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Lighthouse, Inc. and Heaventrain, two organizations that have been dedicated to the Central, Kinsman, and Garden Valley neighborhoods, recently held an event at Lonnie Burten Recreation Center whereby players from the Cleveland City Stars soccer team mentored kids from the community. The following is an excerpt from the Cleveland City Stars e-newsletter.

Community Day at the Lonnie Burton Recreation Center was held Thursday afternoon and the event proved successful.

Over 180 children from 19 different rec centers from across Cleveland attended the event, which was hosted by the Cleveland City Stars in partnership with The City of Cleveland Recreation Department, HeavenTrain and DownTheWay.

The event consisted of soccer training from the Cleveland City Stars as well as small sided games for the kids to put their new skills to the test. At the conclusion of the games, the kids had a chance to watch Midfielder #16 Dana McGregor show off some of his soccer tricks. The day ended with an inspirational talk from CCS captain Mark Schulte about “achieving your dreams” that included a question and answer session. The soccer equipment for the clinic was kindly donated by Dick´s Sporting Goods and Charter One Bank.

“To see these kids from rival neighborhoods in Cleveland come together to play soccer is great to see,” said Andy Batten from HeavenTrain. “People sometimes assume that bad things will happen if you bring these neighborhoods together, but today is proof that good things can happen and if we put in the time we can make it happen more often.We sometimes have trouble getting people to come down here to help us out, but the City Stars came out on their own and we’re very appreciative of that.”

Every child in attendance at Thursday’s event received free tickets, courtesy of SwissTTP, to attend Saturday’s match with Real Maryland. After spending a day playing with the Stars, the children will now have a chance to come out and watch their new friends and role models in action.

“This was a life-changing event for us because we were able to bring so many kids together that normally wouldn’t have a chance to interact. We have kids from all across the city that were able to play with new people and make new friends,” said City Stars General Manager Mark Geissbauer. “With SwissTTP donating the tickets, we’re excited to have the children out for Saturday’s game so our players can put on a show for them.”

City Year Volunteers Make a Difference in Ward 5

Friday, May 16th, 2008

On May 14 and 15, volunteers from City Year took to the streets to help a senior citizen in need. As part of its 100 Hours of Power event, over forty young persons participated in the painting of a Cape Cod-style home on Colfax Road. The project was performed in concert with BBC’s strategy for its Bridgeport Model Block, and paint and supplies were furnished through the City of Cleveland Paint Program.

City Year will also work with BBC to paint a second house in the Kingsbury Model Block, which encompasses Fuller and Easton Avenues between East 93rd Street and Kingsbury Boulevard, in June.

BBC sincerely thanks City Year for all of its great work and commitment to our neighborhoods.

This is the first in a series of exciting volunteer projects to take place in our Model Blocks this summer. Stay tuned for more information.

Quincy Avenue Re-Paving

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Do you live, work, or drive down Quincy Avenue? If so, please be aware that the Quincy Avenue Rehabilitation Project is scheduled to begin in May 2008. Highlights of the improvement include:

  • New asphalt pavement
  • New concrete bus pads
  • New curbs, sidewalks and driveway aprons
  • New tree lawns
  • New 2-foot wide brick pavers from E. 71st to E. 88th Streets

What this means in the short term is traffic pattern changes and Detours for Quincy Avenue. Drivers will only be able to travel West Bound from E. 55th to E. 79th Streets. The detour will re-direct traffic to Central and Cedar Avenues. Also of note, the traffic signal at E. 46th St and Quincy is scheduled to be removed. What this means for the long-term is a brand new, freshly paved street with improved Streetscape for a major thoroughfare through the Central neighborhood.

The project is expected to be complete by November 2009. If you have any questions, please call Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland’s office at (216) 664-2309.