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Concerns grow over appearance in parts of Cleveland ahead of All-Star Game

Posted at 4:56 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 16:47:09-04

CLEVELAND — Overgrown grass, trash and dying trees, Clevelanders are using social media to bring attention to some questionable parts of town they'd like to see cleaned-up ahead of the All-Star Game.

Lisa Hahner, known as City Gal Sports on Twitter, shared video of a recent drive along Brookpark Road.

Hahner said the stretch of road hasn't been mowed or maintained in at least two years.

The City of Cleveland said the property is not their responsibility, it's ODOT's. But an ODOT spokesperson told us, "We do not mow or pickup litter on state routes within cities. Which includes Brookpark Road in the city of Cleveland."

Meantime, along the Shoreway, concerns about baseball fan's first impressions.

There are dozens of dead or dying trees, some of them even knocked to the ground.

"Just don't quite understand why these trees didn't thrive and why they didn't survive," said Amanda McFarland, ODOT.

Twitter user Michael 44107 called the new median overgrown with weeds a “catastrophe.”

ODOT recently ordered a root and soil assessment to try and figure out why the trees planted in 2017 started deteriorating at the end of last year.

The results from the tests will determine whether the trees will be replaced.

Like the rest of us, because of all the rain, ODOT has not been able to cut the grass along the Shoreway.

We’re told it should be completed by All-Star week and that all the knocked over trees will be removed.

The dead or dying trees upright will remain standing for now.

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Friday, July 5

10 a.m.: Play Ball Park opens. The interactive baseball theme park will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day of All-Star Week

6 p.m.: Gates open for the All-Star Concert Series featuring Twenty One Pilots

8 p.m.: Twenty One Pilots concert begins

Saturday, July 6

6 p.m.: Gates open for the All-Star Concert Series featuring The Killers

8 p.m.: The Killers concert begins

Sunday, July 7

8 a.m.: The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K begins – time subject to change.

3 p.m. Gates open for the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game and All-Star Futures Game doubleheader at Progressive Field. Double-header will feature performances by Welshly Arms and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Following the games is the All-Star Rock 'n' Blast, a fireworks and multimedia show.

Monday, July 8

All-Star Workout Day

8 p.m. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby begins.

Tuesday, July 9

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. The All-Star Parade begins.

7:30 p.m. The 90th annual Midsummer Classic MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard begins at Progressive Field.

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