Sept. Social ride: kid-friendly places in the Flats and Downtown

Written by Jim Sheehan
Friday, 05 September 2014 23:34

This month, since we had a call from a family with an 8 year old wishing to join the ride, the Social Ride will visit places that kids would enjoy -- and do a bit more sidewalk riding than usual -- on a ~ 4 to 6 mile route.

We'll preview the nearly-finished Crooked River Skate Park right next to the co-op, some Flats history and kid-created public art near Settler's Landing, cool life-size sculptures you can pose with in Fort Huntington Park, a freighter you can visit (another time!), and free exhibits by the public restrooms at the Science Center.

Then we'll check out the rad remnants of the OLD skate park, and, after climbing E 9th St (on the sidewalk), the funnest public art in the city: the Free Stamp, great green volleyball player (next to the the 1905 Cleveland school-children-funded statue of Abe Lincoln) and the Eastman Reading Garden gnomes; on our way to view a peaceful, protected playground for the in-house-day-care-attending children of State building workers, behind a great old modern sculpture.

If we have time we'll cross the the Detroit-Superior bridge to see Don Harvey's (neglected) engaging public art on the way to the Superior Viaduct, the Powerhouse, and some other stuff on the Westbank; before crossing the coolest bridge in Cleveland.  Even if we have to skip the Westbank to shortcut back into the Flats, we'll have a final stop at Hart Crane Park on Merwin St., just before arriving back at the co-op, by noon, as always.

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