Safety & Crime Prevention Fairs

Officer Jeff Stanczyk uses magic to teach kids and diversity, acceptance, and self-confidence

Officer Jeff Stanczyk uses magic to teach kids and diversity, acceptance, and self-confidence

In Summer 2005, BBC, the Cleveland Police Department, and partners organized the Central Neighborhood Crime Prevention & Safety Fair with the purpose of educating area residents about safety and introducing them to the safety officials that work to make their community a better place to live.  Years later, it has grown to be the largest spring event in the community and one that residents and stakeholders look forward to annually.

Fair attendees were treated to free hotdogs, chips, and drinks, and enjoyed entertainment and interactive demonstrations. While their children explored fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency-response vehicles, parents learned about a variety of programs and services available from local organizations and government agencies. Both adults and children were eligible to win one of several exciting prizes, including clothing and gift certificates donated by Arbor Park Place merchants, through a number of free raffles held throughout the day.

An EMS technician speaks to children about his occupation

An EMS technician speaks to children about his occupation

Beginning in 2006 and continuing in 2007, a community clean-up event was held whereby more than one hundred residents and stakeholders dispersed throughout the Central neighborhood to beautify their community and contribute in its revitalization.  These volunteers, most of which were low-income public housing residents eager to contribute to the revitalization of their community, collected debris, swept streets and sidewalks, and planted flowers along Community College/Quincy Avenue from East 22nd Street to East 55th Street.  Participants are treated to refreshments, and are provided equipment to assist them in their clean-up efforts.

Arbor Park Place at East 40th Street and Community College Boulevard has accommodated the event, as community stakeholders have sought to cultivate the shopping center as the “town square” of the Central neighborhood and a center for community activity.  More events are anticipated to be hosted at Arbor Park Place in the future to engage the community and celebrate the rejuvenation of the Central neighborhood.

A group of committed volunteers prepares to beautify the Central neighborhood

A group of committed volunteers prepares to beautify the Central neighborhood

The Central Neighborhood Community Clean-Up & Crime Prevention Fair has been made possible over the years by significant contributions of local sponsors, including Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Police Department Third District, Neighborhood Progress, Inc., KeyBank, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Seaway Foods, Inc., Oleksy Wholesale Meats, Dollar Mart/Fashion 216, Dave’s Supermarket, the Coral Company, and supporting community organizations.