Outdoor Recreation

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All are welcome: First annual Neurodiversity Cultural Festival celebrates our differences
Doug Blecher's autism diagnosis at age 42 led him to partner with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and start the first annual Neurodiversity Cultural Festival, happening Saturday, Sept. 30 at Solon Community Park.
Full steam ahead: Irishtown Bend stabilization project breaks ground
Last Friday, Aug. 25 at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, city officials and organizations celebrated the beginning of the vital next step in the Irishtown Bend project—the stabilization of the banks of the Cuyahoga River to move ahead with a 23-acre park.
Peace through understanding: One World Day on Sunday in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
The 77th annual One World Day—a year celebration of mutual cultural understanding—takes place this Sunday in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.
Beacon of fun: Asian Lantern Festival in photos
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's annual Asian Lantern Festival kicked off earlier this month. Bob Perkoski spent a warm summer evening capturing the entire visual treat with his camera.
Shaker Lakes Meet the Cuyahoga Valley: Experience A Night of Nature tonight at Nature Center
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is partnering with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Literary Cleveland, and Wick Poetry Center tonight for Summer Wednesdays and poetry readings from the Poetic Inventory of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Tremont is the place to be this weekend, with two popular events
Tremont will be hopping this weekend, thanks to Tremont West Development Corporation, with two of the neighborhood’s most popular events happening—Walkabout Tremont and Taste of Tremont.
Like fish to water: YMCA of Greater Cleveland prioritizes water safety, swim lessons
With the summer heat upon us, water safety and knowing how to swim are priorities. Many of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland branches offer swim classes, as well as water safety tips, for all ages and abilities to keep people safe around pools and beaches.
Hot stuff: Cleveland Heights launches SummerFEST this week
With the official start to summer his week, Cleveland Heights launches SummerFEST—a summer-long slate of free Thursday evening concerts, historic walking tours, kids activities, and more—in the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District.
Favorable forecast: Additional tickets released for Art Museum’s Solstice event this weekend
The Cleveland Museum of Art just released additional tickets to its popular signature Solstice event this weekend. Get them before the event is sold out!
Pickleball frenzy: Clevelanders embrace the country’s fastest-growing sport
The pickleball craze is taking off in Northeast Ohio. The hybrid of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton is now one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and new facilities are popping up all over Greater Cleveland.
Edgewater NeighborFest will fill Clifton Boulevard with free music, activities, and fun
Edgewater NeighborFest, hosted by Northwest Neighborhoods, will bring an afternoon of fun, food, and shopping to Clifton Boulevard on June 25.
Nature Center celebrates summer with weekly Wednesday night events
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes kicks off its Summer Wednesdays tonight, with extended dawn-til-dusk hours. food and drink, and live entertainment.
Northwest Neighborhoods calls a ‘Snow Day’ in Detroit Shoreway this weekend
Northwest Neighborhoods' second annual Snow Day in Detroit Shoreway is this Saturday, with plenty of free activities, snacks, live entertainment, and holiday shopping opportunities.
Photo finish: The 2022 Towpath Marathon in photos
More than 1,000 runners competed on Saturday, Oct. 8 in Canalway's Towpath Trail marathon, half marathon, and 10K race. FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski captured this year's event in this photo essay. 
Head of the Cuyahoga: Proof of progress, more activity on a thriving river
The 26th Head of the Cuyahoga takes place this weekend, with more than 2,000 people from 15 states and Canada descending upon the Flats. It seems like a good time to reflect on the river's progress in the past 53 years, as rowing and other water recreation, business, and environmental stewardship grows. 
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