I’m writing this column on March 7th for publication at the end of the month. I’m going to go way out on a limb here and assume that Spring has arrived (I know, huge assumption based on this past winter). Here are a few items for you to consider as we move into Spring and Summer.
Yard waste pickup will start on April first and continue through November. Please put your yard waste in open paper bags or open containers.
The Spring and Summer can bring heavy rains which cause some basement flooding in the city. If you’ve experienced this in the past you may be eligible for the City’s Private Property Sanitary Sewer Backup Reduction Grant Program. Owners of single family and two family dwellings may be eligible to receive a financial grant in the amount of seventy-five percent (75%) of the improvement with a maximum grant of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500) to aid in the reduction of risk of a sanitary sewer backup in single family and two family dwellings. Contact the Service Department at (440) 953-4111 for information.
If you are interested in reserving a pavilion in one of our parks now is a great time to do so. We have pavilions available at Osborne Park (seats 70), Gilson Park (seats 70), the Euclid Avenue Pool (seats 84) and three pavilions at Daniels Park (seats 56, 63 and 98). All of the park pavilions have electricity, water, grills and seasonal restrooms available nearby. Willoughby residents ONLY can call the Parks & Recreation Department at 440-953-4200 to reserve a pavilion. There is a $35 non-refundable fee for a weekend rental and $15 fee for a weekday rental. Reservations are being accepted now.
Our Parks and Recreation Department now has the capability to accept online registration for many of the recreational activities being offered. Information and instructions are here on the Parks and Recreation tab.
Also, while you’re on the Parks and Rec site check out Walkin’ Willoughby. There are over 20 walking maps of Willoughby neighborhoods which provide the distance and the elevation changes of the walk. It’s a great way to stay in shape in your own neighborhood or explore some new neighborhoods in the city. You can even map your own walks at this site.
We are looking for active or retired military personnel who are interested in marching (or possibly riding on a trailer) in our 2014 Memorial Day Parade. For more information please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 440-953-4200. The parade is on Monday, May 26th at 9:30 am; the route is Downtown Willoughby to Park Ave. to the Willoughby Cemetery. Ceremonies will be held immediately following the parade (rain or shine).
We’re looking forward to a great summer here in Willoughby. Have a great month.