Parks & Recreation

Summertime Fun for Fairview Park Seniors

There have been many opportunities to celebrate summer at the Fairview Park Senior Center. These are a few of our past activities and some of our upcoming events. Join in the fun!

The Funsters Choral Group is always looking for new members to join them in song!  Don’t worry if your voice is not perfect, this group celebrates diversity! You do not have to be a Fairview Park resident to join.  Our chorus consists of members from Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 08.05.2015

Rocky River Community Garden Fundraising Breakfast

Rocky River Community Garden announces it will launch its sixth year with its Annual Breakfast and Raffle to be held at the Beachcliff Tavern on April 19. The event will feature a Chinese auction and "April Shower of Spending Power" raffle.

Funds from this year's raffle will be used for continuing improvements at the garden such as repairs to the garden shed, operation of a Food Pantry garden for Rocky River Meals on Wheels and the Rocky River Assistance Program, and educational programs that both help the gardeners keep their crops growing and provide information to the public.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:57 AM, 03.04.2015

Rocky River Community Garden: A Plot of My Own

My family and I downsized last summer, leaving behind a large house and yard in Medina for a townhouse-style condo in Rocky River. The idea of having a smaller space to care for and minimal yard work was very appealing to me—no more tending to the lawn and gardens!

By the end of the summer though, I realized that something was amiss at our new home. When I was cooking, I could no longer step out into my backyard and pick fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden for what I was preparing!

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:27 PM, 08.06.2014

Get Ready for Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase

Join friends, family, neighbors and the West Side community at the 13th annual Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase on Sunday, May 4, at Lakewood Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit LakewoodHospital’s Rehabilitation Services and patient care programs.

Presented by long-time supporter Donald Martens & Sons, the Ambulance Chase is for everyone - from the youngest to the most serious runner to the leisurely walker – and includes a 5K Run, 1 Mile Walk, and Children’s Chase.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:23 PM, 04.02.2014

Morton Park Gets New Playground from State Grant

What a winter this has been! During this season of snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures, and more snow, the City of Fairview Park has kept its eyes on the horizon, confident that the onset of spring and warmer temperatures is inevitable. To prepare for spring, the city has taken a thorough look at its parks and created a master project list to enhance these outdoor recreational areas for the younger residents of Fairview Park.

Plans for the enhancement of Morton Park received a boost this past February, thanks to a $55,534 grant the city received from the state of Ohio. The grant funds will assist us in purchasing and installing brand new playground equipment at Morton Park.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 03.04.2014

Rowing in Cleveland with CYRA

Cleveland Youth Rowing Association (CYRA), Cleveland’s oldest existing rowing club for high school students, is currently preparing for the upcoming spring rowing season. Striving to be a premier competitive junior rowing program, the mission of CYRA is to provide a competitive rowing experience to positively impact the mind, body, and spirit of young athletes in the greater Cleveland community. 

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 2:18 PM, 02.06.2014

Valley Riding Festival Fun for All

Valley Riding's annual benefit festival held at Rocky River Metroparks stables was a fun-filled day for people of all ages. More than 1,000 people attended the event. One attendee, Lorie Petti, said, “My husband and I brought our two children. There was something for everyone.  My two-year old liked the stable tour, and my four-year old enjoyed the snow cones.” 

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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 5:03 PM, 10.03.2013

Festival Express | Fairview Park and Rocky River celebrate Summer Fest and River Days, along with an additional assortment of activities and events

The question often arises, How do you unify two very strong and distinct cities like Fairview Park and Rocky River into some mythical notion of a community called Rockport?

The answer is, Weekends like this.

Beginning Friday, various celebrations, activities and events will draw thousands of Rockport residents to either side of Center Ridge - many traversing back and forth - creating an energy and a vibe that makes home-town community pride a tangible experience.

This weekend provides the Fairview Park Summer Fest, Rocky River's River Days, the Rocky River Sunflower Wine Festival, the Rocky River Library's Antique Appraisal Fair and Cowan Pottery Centennial Sale, a parade, a 5K Run, a bike trek, and a variety of music and cuisine.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 6:24 PM, 07.11.2012

Benefit Horse Festival at Rocky River Reservation

Attention horse lovers of all ages. Valley Riding invites you to the Rocky River Stables in Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation on Sunday, August 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a full, fun, family day of horse activities.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 7:54 AM, 08.02.2013

The Dear Hunter

Early this spring, we received a letter from the Cleveland Metroparks, like we do every year at that time. Subject: Thinning of the deer, a management program.

No, they are not put on a diet. It is a more pleasant way of saying, “Time to shoot and kill deer.”

Apparently they overpopulate, as do we, and somebody’s got to go!

Starving is their alternative. That agonizing death makes the quicker way okay, I guess. Feeding them is not the answer. In fact, that would cause unnatural chaos and make the problem much worse. It is important to keep ‘the wild’....’wild.’

My home is near the Metropark Reservation and the golf course, so I am privy to all that goes on surrounding my neighborhood.


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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.02.2013

Fit Families in Fairview at the Gemini Center

Mondays, June 17 through August 5
6:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per family for whole program
Gemini Recreation Center
21225 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, 44126
Fairview Residents and Non-Residents Welcome!
Join us for an 8-week fun-filled, interactive program that gets families together for activities to nourish their bodies, minds and spirits. Each week families will spend quality time learning healthy diet and lifestyle habits, doing fun exercises, and also have the opportunity to win Cedar Point tickets, a party at the Gemini Wave Room/Pool, or a Heinen’s gift certificate.
To register, go online to and click on Ohio, then Fairview Park; or you may register in person at the Gemini Recreation Center.
Planned family sessions include:
• Cooking and Nutrition
•  Safety Fair
• Walk in the MetroParks
• Yoga
• Zumba
• Sports Day
• Picnic
• SuperFoods at Heinen’s
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sponsored by Heinen’s of Rocky River, the Gemini Recreation Center of Fairview Park and Fairview Hospital.

Fit Families in Fairview at the Gemini Center

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 4:46 PM, 07.09.2013