August 2022

Last month we dedicated The Bridge, a gateway piece by local artist Bill Rigo. There are many people to thank for this remarkable symbol of Willoughby’s past, present, and future. Among them are the Marous Family Foundation, Gloria and Alan Wright, and Toby and Melanie Maloney for their generous contributions to this creation. We would also like to thank the Willoughby Arts Collaborative for their assistance in developing the call for artists, reviewing over a dozen submissions, and interviewing the finalists. Our community has overwhelmingly applauded their thoughtful approach to selecting the artist and artwork. We are hopeful that the Willoughby Arts Collaborative will be an integral part of other public art installations in our City.

We still have a few activities planned this summer, including our Gazebo Concerts throughout the month and our final Osborne Park Sunset Concert on September 7th. Another great event at Osborne Park includes the National Night Out on August 2nd from 5pm – 8pm. This event includes free admission to the pool, a bounce house, music, games, and raffle prizes. In addition, members of the Willoughby Police Department will be in attendance to meet our residents, answer questions, and promote community partnerships.

Also, please remember that Last Stop Willoughby is Saturday, August 13th, beginning at 10 am, and the parade starts at 2:00. This is a fun-filled family event, and this year, the Mayor and City Council have a special treat for our residents. Please plan on attending and spending time with our neighbors while supporting our local businesses. For a complete schedule of events, please visit The Heart of Willoughby website.

Our Community Shredding Day is on Saturday, August 20th, at the Willoughby Service Garage at 34700 N. Industrial Parkway from 9am – 12pm. This event, sponsored by the Clean City of Willoughby Association and NOPEC, is an opportunity to safely dispose of your unneeded documents. We request that all documents be delivered in paper bags for easier processing.

The summer is beginning to wane, and parents are preparing for the new school year. We want to remind everyone to be careful and slow down when driving through school zones and following or approaching school buses with children. Also, please be aware of school crossing zones and students walking to and from school.

As always, we ask you to check the City’s Facebook page and website for the most accurate and up-to-date information about events and meetings. Meeting agendas and minutes can also be found on our website. Specific questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome by calling City Hall.