E. CLE park without water service, growing maintenance issues

Some concerned city is behind on its water bill
Posted at 9:36 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 23:40:39-04

Forest Hill Park in East Cleveland continues to fall further into disrepair, and water service at the park has now been shutdown, with no signs of returning this summer.

East Cleveland said the water service has been interrupted due to broken water lines, but East Cleveland Councilwoman Barbara Thomas is concerned it may be part of a bigger issue.

Thomas told her city is thousands behind on it's water bill to the Cleveland Division of Water.

Thomas explained maintenance at the park should be a key priority, but admitted the park has suffered from neglect due to East Cleveland budget issues.

Residents at the park pointed to broken playground equipment, a tennis court filled with weeds, and walkways littered with bird droppings.

The park and its 248 acres were donated by the Rockefeller family in 1936 with the stipulation that it be maintained. has requested East Cleveland  water bill records in an effort to determine if the city is behind in payment.

Out attempts to reach Mayor Gary Norton have so far been unsuccessful, and three calls to the East Cleveland Service Department were not returned.