Community Focus: Family-Friendly Spots in Beachwood

Community Focus: Family-Friendly Spots in Beachwood

Photo courtesy of the city of Beachwood

When it comes to family-friendly fun, Beachwood has plenty to offer. The city is culturally rich and boasts a wide variety of parks and amenities, as well as museums, arts experiences and a vibrant library. Check the list below to help plan your family’s visit.


Barkwood Dog Park

Located at City Park East, Barkwood is available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to Beachwood residents and their dogs via annual registration and keyfob. As the only 100% synthetic turf dog park in Ohio, Barkwood prevents muddy paws and helps dogs stay clean while safely stretching their legs. Split into two sections — one for small dogs that are less than 30 pounds and one for larger dogs — the roughly half-acre dog park also offers water fountains for both human and canine visitors.

Photo courtesy of the city of Beachwood

Beachwood Arts Council

The council’s goal — to encourage the development and appreciation of the visual and performing arts and provide access to quality art reflecting the diversity of Beachwood and Northeast Ohio — is achieved through various events and shows that take place at the Beachwood Community Center, where an art gallery is free and open to the public daily. BAC hosts the Beachwood K-12 Art Show and the Ileen Kelner Juried High School Art Show, as well as sponsoring a DiversityFEST featuring the artwork, food, music and dance of local cultural groups.


Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library

As one of 27 CCPL locations, the Beachwood Branch has access to the lending library — including books, digital materials, music, movies, devices, toys and much more — of one of the nation’s top-rated public library systems. Families can participate in a variety of activities and programs in the library’s Debra Ann November Children’s Area, including storytimes in Hebrew and Chinese, after-school homework mentoring, teen book clubs, art exploration programs for homeschool students, family movie nights and more.


Beachwood Family Aquatic Center

The 99,000-square-foot facility welcomes Beachwood residents, employees and their guests, and includes four water slides, a current channel, diving boards, splash pads, a zero depth entry, adult relaxation area, lap lanes, a tot pool, a concession stand and more. Available lessons include public swimming lessons, synchronized swimming and a diving program. The aquatic center also is home to summertime concerts, which are free and open to the public, on Tuesday nights.

Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga County Public Library

Beachwood City Playground

Located adjacent to the Family Aquatic Center, this public playground offers multiple structures for children of varying ages, as well as a sand pit, swings and plenty of space to run and play. There’s also picnic tables, benches and shade trees for when families need to rest and refuel.


Beachwood Place

Enjoy a retail experience unlike any other in the Cleveland area at this massive indoor shopping mall, which offers more than 120 retail stores and 22 restaurants to fit every budget, from kid-friendly snacks to full-service meals. Kids love the games in Center Court, including air hockey and giant Connect Four, and parents appreciate amenities like family restrooms and a nursing lounge. Special entertainment and events take place throughout the year.


City Park East & West

Located in the city’s center at Shaker Boulevard and Richmond Road, Beachwood City Park West and East offer plenty of green space to enjoy nature. City Park West is home to 1.6 miles of trails, including hard surface, multi-purpose trails for bicycling, walking, running and skating; and gravel trails for hiking. It also features a sledding hill, two parking areas and an open-air shelter. City Park East features one mile of paved trails, benches, a parking area and the recently opened Barkwood Dog Park.

City Playground. Photo courtesy of the city of Beachwood

Mandel JCC

Mandel JCC offers a new state-of-the-art fitness center and gym with swimming, preschool programs, camps and more. Fitness-focused visitors value the certified personal trainers, basketball and racquetball courts, indoor track and more than 80 weekly group fitness classes. Families with kids in tow love the indoor and outdoor pools, Red Cross-certified swim instruction, plus special programming like family-focused events, after school care, childcare and preschool, Playmakers Youth Theatre, J-Day camps and Camp Wise overnight camp, and film and book festivals.


Preston’s H.O.P.E.

This mega-playground offers 60,000 square feet of fun for children of all ages and abilities, created with inspiration from the friends and family of a little boy born with spinal muscular atrophy. Located at the Mandel JCC, Preston’s H.O.P.E. offers several play areas, including Imagination Village, with make-believe houses that are connected by a raised walkway; Play Theatre; and Sand Area, as well as play areas with swings, tunnels and slides.

About the author

Denise Koeth is Digital Content Manager for Northeast Ohio Parent. She oversees content on the website and manages the brand’s social media activity. Denise grew up in Northeast Ohio and she and her husband are currently raising their two boys here.

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