This community-centered nonprofit organization provides housing outreach and development initiatives, helping to foster and sustain the community. It also holds a variety of public events throughout the year. Visit lakewoodalive.org.
Lakewood Family YMCA, YMCA of Greater Cleveland
Lakewood Family YMCA has a critical care child care center, which provides child care services for children preschool through age 12. Please check with the website regarding in-person program offerings and how to participate or join: clevelandymca.org/lakewood. Also, visit their ideas for virtual activities at clevelandymca.org/familyactivities.
Lakewood Family Room
The Lakewood Family Room for Lakewood residents provides early education support for parents, programs and resources. It’s a great way to help parents get connected to one another and the wide range of community offerings for young children — from child care, preschool, support groups, family activities and safety information. Visit onelakewood.com/early-childhood or visit facebook.com/lakewoodfamilyroom for updates.
GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland
GiGi’s Playhouse provides free therapeutic, educational and career training programs for adults and children with Down syndrome. While the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily halted in-person offerings, the center has virtual opportunities. Visit gigisplayhouse.org/cleveland.
The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled many recreational programs, but it has not eliminated the opportunity to socially distance in the outdoors. Don’t miss Lakewood Park, which offers wonderful views of Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland, or Lakewood Dog Park and Madison Park. Look for the custom bike racks at Madison Park. Visit onelakewood.com.
Cleveland Metroparks are not far away, including Edgewater Park in the Lakefront Reservation. Visit clevelandmetroparks.com for updates about visiting guidelines.
Culture and Arts & History
The city of Lakewood is known for its various art and murals and historic downtown. To learn more about the city’s history, visit Lakewood Historical Society at lakewoodhistory.org. Check out places like Lakewood Art Studios (lakewoodartstudios.com), which is providing at-home learning art opportunities.
Lakewood Mayor Meghan George:
I am a third-generation Lakewoodite. There is no mystery why so many families and businesses chose Lakewood as their home over other communities. Lakewood has so much to be proud of. Our parks, our connection to the Rocky River and Lake Erie, our schools, our walkability, and our unique small businesses — all of these add up to the answer: community. Lakewood is a community more than it is a “city” or a “place.” People who live here know that and people who visit learn it quickly. That’s why anyone would be proud to raise their children in Lakewood and why people who grow up here, like me, want to stay here or return here to raise their own families. We have all the amenities, but it’s really the people who make Lakewood special.
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The North Coast College
Our name may have changed, but our home in Lakewood hasn’t. We’ve proudly called Lakewood our home since 1966, providing art and design education for generations. Our programs include Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Marketing, Interior Design, and Graphic Design. Please contact us for details about our scholarship opportunities. thencc.edu
YMCA of Greater Cleveland
The YMCA of Greater Cleveland isn’t a gym, we are a cause. In addition to our fitness facilities and wellness programs, we are providing treatment for the addicted, transitional housing for the homeless, connections for isolated seniors and so much more. Don’t join a gym. Join a cause. clevelandymca.org/joinacause