Cleveland has such a wide variety of parks that it's likely you have not seen them all. In fact, Cleveland's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Properties manages over 150 parks, playgrounds, and green spaces. Many Cleveland playgrounds are staffed with department employees and offer outdoor games, arts and crafts projects, and a variety of programs throughout the year.
There are water parks and splash zones, skate parks, and dog parks. Parks offer Frisbee golf, baseball, soccer, tennis, shelters, gazebos, and community gardens. While there's truly something for everyone, the following unique parks around the Cleveland area are worth a special mention. Check out these parks, and you just might find something new to love about Cleveland.
Mandel JCC, 26001 S. Woodland Road, Beachwood
Preston's H.O.P.E. was designed to allow children of all abilities to play together. Kids can enjoy the 60,000-square-foot play area, swings, slides, play theater, and sand and water areas without being segregated. Everything is wheelchair-accessible, including the play structures, restrooms, and drinking fountain. In addition, the whole park is wired with a series of distinctive sounds to help sight-impaired children navigate easily, and structures have multiple windows so those with hearing impairments can see their caregivers.P.E.A.C.E. Playground
Coventry School, Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
If your child likes slides, this is the place to go. Massive slides follow the hills of this park; some even take two flights of stairs to reach the top. The slides are not only long -- they are also wide enough for a family to sit across and mild enough for the youngest children. When you are done on the slides, check out the nautical-themed playground complete with oversized tire swings, planks, and more.
Belle and Lake Avenue, Lakewood
This is the largest lakefront park in Ohio. It spans 31 acres of waterfront property and includes a municipal pool, a 9,500-square-foot skate park, volleyball courts, baseball fields, picnic areas, gardens, a concert stage, and a playground for kids. The playground, called Kids Cove, includes slides and climbing activities for everyone from toddlers to tweens. The gorgeous walkway zigzags along the shoreline, offering a view of the lake and downtown skyline.
Whiskey Island, Cleveland
Escape the urban landscape in this 22-acre sanctuary right in the heart of Cleveland. The large green space sits right at the water's edge and offers the best view in the city. Animals such as blue herons, turtles, deer, and coyotes share the space with fishermen, jet skiers, volleyball players, bikers, and hikers.
Lakeshore Boulevard east of Route 91, Eastlake
Take your furry friend out to enjoy this 30,000-square-foot parcel of land. Dog parks are a great place to socialize and exercise your pet. The Woodland Dog Park features a double-gated entry, benches, tables, and plastic toys for the pups. Mutt Mitts are provided to help keep the area clean and safe for everyone. Make sure to bring water for Fido, though, as there's no drinking water within the park.
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