Ribbon-cutting celebrates remodeled Turtle Park
On July 2, a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the remodeling of Turtle Park.
Also known as the Euclid Tot Lot, Turtle Park sits on the corner of Euclid Heights Boulevard, Hampshire Road and Overlook Road. The park is designed primarily for children ages 2–5, and is known for its signature turtle structure, which sits in the middle of the park.
In March 2017, Cleveland Heights City Council approved a contract of just over $66,000 to remodel the park. The Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department funded the work, which included installing new seating, playground equipment and shading, while maintaining the park’s original layout.
Cleveland Heights residents, members of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, and other city staff attended the July 2 ceremony that introduced the newly remodeled Turtle Park to the public.
CH Council Members Melissa Yasinow and Michael Ungar both noted that the remodeled park will have a positive impact on the community as a whole, and especially on the surrounding neighborhood, with its younger demographic.
Joe McRae, director of CH parks and recreation, thanked the city and the community for their support of the remodeling.
McRae pointed out a few new features of Turtle Park, including the shade canopy, which received a positive reaction at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and was a direct request from the community.
He also noted that the sandbox now has artifacts in it for children to find, and that the there is a new turtle, which kids in the community are rumored to be calling “Shelly.”
Connor O'Brien is a senior majoring in communication and minoring in English at John Carroll University. He is currently an intern for the Heights Observer.