Our mission …( if we choose to accept it…)
….is to increase the safety of the park, to organize a variety of activities to entice
the community back to the park and build a relationship with the City of Cleveland Parks ,
Recreation and Properties Department.
Our humble beginnings…
The Friends of Clark Field were organized in January 2002 by residents living around
the Park. The Friends efforts to revitalize Clark Field began because the fifty acre park
over the years lost its playground, bleachers, tennis courts and bathrooms.
The mission statement of the Friends is to increase the safety of the park, to organize a variety of activities to entice the community back to the Park and build a relationship with the City of Cleveland Parks, Recreation and Properties Department.
The Friends of Clark Field have over twenty active members, including youth, and a regular attendance of two hundred at every event held from the Show Wagon to the Easter egg hunt.
The Friends of Clark Field spurred from the Mentor-Castle-Clark block club. In January 2004, the Friends decided to meet separately from MCC in an effort to pull members from the entire Tremont community and further. Any Cleveland or suburban resident may become a member of the Friends of Clark Field by simply attending a meeting or event.
During the first year FOCF worked closely With Kent State School of Urban Design
and Parks and Recreation to come up with a master plan. Through numerous meetings
with residents and planners a 3-1/2 million dollar master plan was devised. Though it
may take many years to see the dream come true smaller projects within the master plan
are coming together. Fence painted. flowers planted, 103 trees planted and a dog park ,
first in the City of Cleveland.
New events are taking place every year and we have come a long way. 8 years ago we made a decision to move forward with bringing the Park back to what had been enjoyed in the past years, a place for all to enjoy. More than ever people and animals are visiting the Park. We thank everyone for the support and help in keeping the Park safe, clean and fun.