A Letter from Mayor Frank G. Jackson

In the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Baltimore, and bearing in mind the series of police-related matters and legal proceedings currently in process here in Cleveland, I am writing to let you know that the City of Cleveland has been planning and is prepared to address upcoming developments.

As I am sure you are aware, it is likely that the trial of Officer Michael Brelo will conclude within the next few days. Other high-profile cases are still pending, as well as continued negotiations with the Department of Justice.

Clearly, these are very complex situations that affect people at every level in our community. We are focused on how best to create a sense of safety, trust and confidence in our community, while empowering our police to enforce the law and maintain order.

We are planning for a variety of contingencies and are being very proactive in both communication and outreach. We are partnering with community and faith-based leaders, corporate entities and individuals to foster an environment that informs audiences about the changes taking place, while recognizing the importance of listening and engaging with all parties involved. We all have a shared responsibility for maintaining peace and order moving forward.

More than ever, let us work together to ensure that Cleveland is a community where all citizens receive the respect they expect and deserve.


Frank G. Jackson

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Pictures From League Park’s Grand Opening

A few months ago, I did a  #ThrowbackThursday post on Instagram dedicated to Cleveland’s baseball roots and the Tribe’s  first home, League Park. I figured it’d be the perfect time to copy and paste an excerpt from that post.

In 1887, a professional baseball team was organized here and that team built a new park on 39th & Payne.. In 1890, the park was struck by lightening and much of it was destroyed by fire. The Cleveland Spiders finished out their season in the partially destroyed park and built a new, improved park at 66th & Lexington, it’s known to some baseball historians as League Park I. It was a wooden structure with seating for 9,000. Frank Robison (owner) and his brother had financial interests in the local traction company so they built their park where their street car lines intersected. In 1899, the Robisons took their talents (and most of the Spiders’ talents) to St. Louis and the Cleveland team was eliminated from the National League. In 1901, however, they joined their current home, the American League and 10 years later, League Park was destroyed and rebuilt with accommodations for 21,000. League Park was home to the Spiders, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Buckeyes (Negro League), Cleveland Indians and a practice field for the Cleveland Browns at one point. It was purchased by the city in 1950 with intent to turn it into a recreational area. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is NOW undergoing a $6 Million renovation.

Today, the Park became the first professional baseball field to be converted in to community use, as the field will host the city’s recreational league games, as well as home games for Rhodes and Lincoln West’s high school baseball teams.

The field also will be available for rent for private groups at a rate of $1,000 for six hours.

The refurbished park includes a new artificial turf baseball field designed to League Park’s original dimensions, including a 460-foot span from home plate to the center field wall, and a 45-foot-high right field fence. The park also features a museum, a walking track, a community room and the historic ticket house has been refurbished.

Pictures of the aforementioned, as well as highlights from today’s appearance by the Cleveland Blues vintage baseball team and an unveiling of a sculpture of late Cleveland City Councilwoman Fannie M. Lewis, who 20 years ago began the effort to rehab the historic baseball park, can be found below.



Global Cleveland’s Talent Attraction Kick-Off Is Tonight!

Greater Cleveland Talent Attraction Kick-Off 

Thursday, May 1, 6-9pm 

Cleveland Convention Center Ballroom

Join Governor John KasichMayor Frank Jackson, and JobsOhio President John Minor  at the FUN, FREE, MULTI-MEDIA Kick-Off of Global Cleveland’s Talent Attraction Campaign!

A World of Amazing Prizes will be Awarded at the event, including: 

Grand Prize: Two Day/One Night Luxury Staycation in Downtown Cleveland

Drawing Prizes include: 

  • Cleveland Whiskey
  • Supply of Mitchell’s Ice cream for a Year
  • Dinner for two at Zack Bruell’s Cowel & Hubbard and tour of the Rock Hall Vault
  • Rock Hall tickets and Merchandise
  • Dinner for two at Pura Vida
  • Wine from Vineyards of Chateau Hough
  • Dinner for two at Lago
  • Tickets to a show at Playhouse Square

This event is FREE – but you MUST enroll to be admitted: