Construction delays move annual Cedar Fairmount festival to fall
Originally scheduled to begin in April, phase 2 of the Cedar Road Resurfacing/Cedar Fairmount Streetscape project, extending from Norfolk Road to the intersection of Cedar Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, is now expected to get underway sometime in July.
In light of this delay, the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District Board of Trustees decided to postpone the 16th annual Cedar Fairmount Festival from Aug. 20 until Oct. 22, noon to 5 p.m.
The Cedar Fairmount Fall Festival will feature many favorites from the summer festival—an arts & crafts show; children’s activities; animated characters such as Moana, Superwoman and Superman; Whipples, the Balloon Clown; and the Euclid Beach Rocket Car.
There will also be a bounce house, a children’s Halloween costume contest, Animal Protective League pet adoptions, a historical lecture, appearances by local authors, great food and more.
Cedar Fairmount Business District construction started in March, with the replacement of natural gas pipelines by Dominion East Ohio Gas. The gas line replacement should be completed in July, as should phase 1 of the resurfacing of Cedar Road, from Taylor to Norfolk roads.
Phase 2 of the project comprises road resurfacing as well as the installation of new ADA-compliant curb ramps, sidewalks, and sidewalk amenities from Fairmount Boulevard to Euclid Heights Boulevard. These amenities include new trees and flower planters, benches, trashcans and bike racks, and the removal of unused electric poles.
In addition, a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path—along Cedar Glen Parkway from Euclid Heights Boulevard to Ambleside Drive in Cleveland—is almost complete. Phase 2 work is expected to take approximately 6–8 weeks.
So far, there has been little disruption to Cedar Fairmount businesses. As construction progresses, and front-door access is affected, the back doors of businesses will become accessible. Large signs indicate available parking areas in the district.
The Cedar Fairmount Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 22 will be a celebration of the newly renovated Cedar Fairmount Business District. For more information, visit www.cedarfairmount.org , Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District’s Facebook page, or call 216-791-3172.
Applications for artisan, vendors and nonprofit groups that want to participate in the fall festival are available online at www.cedarfairmount.org.
Those who have already sent in applications for the original Aug. 20 festival date will be contacted.
Kaye Lowe is the executive director of the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District.