We are happy to have our annual summer events back! These include Live Well Willoughby on Saturday June 11th, The Downtown Willoughby Car Cruise-In on Saturday, June 18th, and the start of our summer concerts with two Osborne Park Sunset Concerts planned for Wednesday, June 22, featuring “In the Heartland” and Wednesday, June 29th with “Disco Inferno.”
Beyond these traditional events we have engaged our residents by hosting public information meetings to discuss specific items. These community engagement meetings are designed to discuss a specific topic in a conversational setting to get your feedback, thoughts, and ideas. They are a tool we will continue to use to keep our community informed about important events or projects. We hosted an Osborne Park community meeting last summer and recently we held a similar meeting to discuss the transformation of the former Union High School into a residential neighborhood. On Wednesday evening, June 15th we will host a community meeting to discuss the Chagrin River Amphitheater. Since the amphitheater will be built at Todd Field, the meeting will be held there, along the river, and the event will be organized to get your thoughts on design and programming for this venue. Our design team will not be presenting final drawings for the amphitheater but will provide examples of other similar facilities and design opportunities that the Todd Field site offers, and ask for your input. The meeting is intended to be interactive and collaborative. The amphitheater is an especially exciting project as it is an important “first step” in the realization of the Chagrin River Trail. With our partners, including The Fine Arts Association, Andrews-Osborne Academy, The Chagrin River Watershed Partners, and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy we are creating a link between Daniels Park and Todd Field that will include over one hundred acres of land protected by conservation easements. We have received grants for the planning of both the amphitheater and the trail, and we expect that this month’s meeting will be the first of several community participation events.
We will also schedule a second meeting to discuss the reimagination of Osborne Park this summer. Our first community meeting was held last September, and the design concepts and budgets have been refined over the past months. This project is an important part of our continued investment in the Lakefront District.
Please make sure to check our website under the “events” and “news” tabs under “Community” on our homepage for the time and location of our community meetings, and they will be posted on our social channels.
We hope you are enjoying your summer!