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Seniors Visit Lakewood, Ohio

Lakewood_CA_Yellow_City_signI have a friend who is a caretaker for a senior citizen who was born in 1913 and lived in Lakewood, Ohio until the early ’40′s.  My friend, Patty, asked if we could do a travel blog for Gloria and her former home town. So get your coffee senior friends, let’s celebrate Lakewood, Ohio with Gloria!

Gloria attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea as a young woman.

Lakewood is part of the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area, located 6 miles west of Cleveland’s Public Square. The population runs around 53,000, making it the third largest city in the county.

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Lakewood was incorporated as a village in 1889, and is named for its lakefront location on the shores of Lake Erie. I might suggest Lakewood be surnamed…“City of Awards”…there have been many over the past years.

Seniors Enjoy Beautiful Parks and Neighborhoods

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The local Chamber of Commerce notes that Lakewood has become the region’s #1 destination for those seeking to live, shop, dine and do business in a community with beautiful neighborhoods and parks, award-winning restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, bustling business districts, historic homes, outstanding schools and family-friendly events.

Lakewood Park is one of the largest lakefront parks in Ohio and features a live concert stage. The Park is a popular location for outdoor activities and includes an extensive trail for senior visitors to enjoy bicycle riding and walking.

The Park features a boardwalk with  excellent views of the Cleveland skyline. Lakewood has more than 150 acres of green space citywide. Two museums, Divine Statues and Lakewood Historical Society both rate high and are popular choices for seniors to explore.

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The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is the best backyard summer party that happens in the middle of downtown with almost 10,000 Lakewood neighbors, family and friends.

The city is said to have the best fireworks show in Northeast Ohio.  Cleveland’s west side suburb is never shy about showing its American pride and the city and its residents never fail to create a day that resembles something out of a movie.

Seniors Enjoy Lakewood’s Historic Look

Lakewood features a large number of historic homes. In order to keep the historic look of the city’s houses, the popular “Make Lakewood Beautiful” program has residents competing for awards which are given to the homes which best resemble the original design of the house.

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The city implemented a special building code which requires development in Lakewood to resemble the city’s historic brick and mortar structures. The residential district known as “Birdtown” is a National Register Historic District.

Senior visitors can enjoy the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a scenic destination featuring the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad.

And nearby Lake Erie features popular beaches for summer fun. Want to know more? How about ten things many folks don’t know about Lakewood?-jeb

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