June proved to be a great month with the Rib Burn Off and a well-attended DTW Car Cruise-In. The kick-off of our summer concert series with two Osborne Park Sunset Concerts also sets the stage for a wonderful July as our DTW Gazebo Concerts begin on Thursday, July 7th, and continue on Thursday evenings through August. This year’s Eastlake-Willoughby Offshore Grand Prix powerboat races will be the weekend of Friday, July 8th, with a boat parade scheduled for Downtown Willoughby on Saturday evening, July 9th. This is a great opportunity to meet the race teams and experience these exotic speedboats.
July 4th fireworks will again be launched from Pelton Road as the Willoughby South High School site is no longer available. Suggested viewing locations and other information about this event are available on our website. Speaking of fireworks, City Council has recently voted to opt-out of a state law permitting the use of fireworks within the city. This means that the private use of fireworks is illegal in Willoughby.
ArtsFest, sponsored by the Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce, is on Saturday, July 16th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is a day of art, entertainment, shopping, and dining. This highly respected art show will bring over 80 juried artists from the region to our city for this event.
We have been busy completing the road projects remaining from last year, and we awarded our 2022 Pavement Repair Program to Ronyak Paving, Inc for a total contract amount of $866,978. Our road striping project was awarded to JD Striping & Services, Inc. for $113,576. An important stormwater management project, the Meadowlands Basin Outlet Improvements, was bid and awarded to DiGioia-Surburban Excavating, LLC for the total amount of $3,825,968.
We are preparing a public survey for additional community input for our Todd Field Amphitheater and Chagrin River Trail Project. Additionally, we will provide an update to the Osborne Park Reimagination Project. The updates are based on our two successful community engagement meetings in June and will be found on our website when complete. Links will also be posted on the city’s Facebook page.
As always, we encourage our residents to rely on the city’s website and social channels as the most accurate and up-to-date source of information regarding city events and activities. And we are always available by phone or email to answer questions and provide information.
We wish everyone a happy and safe summer!