BROOKLYN, Ohio – Now that spring has come, Brooklyn officials are planning a ton of socially distant outdoor programs.
“We believe the community wants to resume as much activity in general as possible, especially the outdoors,” said Jack Abbruzzese, Brooklyn Recreational Officer. “Of course, this has to be done safely and responsibly, as it will be.
“Our department is responsible for offering activities for all ages and interests. The summer events are a large part of these offers. It will help promote a positive experience moving outside from any indoor fall and winter activity and will help bring the community back together in a sense as we have all been separated in many ways. “
One of the events that thankfully happened last year thanks to social distancing was the city’s annual free family movie nights, held in the western parking lot of the John M. Coyne Rec Center.
The family movie fun continues this year with “The Sand Lot” (May 27th), “Spies in Disguise” (July 21st) and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (August 25th). The number of places is limited as online registration is required.
Brooklyn brings its free spring and summer concerts with Flipside (June 9th), Funkology (June 23rd), The Diamond Project Band (July 7th), Chardon Polka Band (August 11th), and Becky Boyd and the Grove Train (Sept. .) back. 8) Appear in the Grand Pavilion of Memorial Park.
“Brooklyn looks forward to bringing back some of our summer events,” said Brooklyn Mayor Katie Gallagher. “We look forward to seeing our residents in person, enjoying themselves and the parks while listening to great live music in the sun.”
The Rec Commissioner expects around 100 people to attend the family movie nights, while the summer concerts will attract 200 community members.
“We have actually added more concerts and films this year than in previous years,” said Abbruzzese. “We felt comfortable referring to the number of visitors that we had in recent years. It’s manageable to maintain security logs.
“Because these are outdoor events, proper signage is being put up by the Cuyahoga County Health Department encouraging the wearing of masks and social distancing. Unfortunately we do not allow dancing at the concerts or gathering in large groups. Families and groups for all events are asked to stick with the groups they arrived in. “
The Brooklyn Senior Center is also planning numerous outdoor events.
“I’m excited that we can finally do something to reconnect safely with our seniors,” said Karen Fratto, coordinator for the Brooklyn Senior Center. “Seniors are looking forward to a number of events that they can look forward to in spring and summer. You strive to return to a sense of normalcy. “
The events of the senior center begin with the “Spring Get Together at a Distance”. From noon to 2pm on May 19, the city is serving free hot dogs, fries, and cold drinks at the Grand Pavilion in Brooklyn Memorial Park. There will also be bingo to win prizes. (Registrations start on April 26th).
Next up is a “Roll out the Barrel” affair with the Wayne Tomsic Trio, which will perform on June 16 from 1pm to 3pm at the Grande Pavilion. (Registrations start on June 1st).
There is also a “Drive up Ice Cream Social” taking place in the Senior Citizens’ Center from July 13-14 (registrations start on June 28) and Beach Blanket Bingo from 10 am to 6 pm on August 18 in the Grand Pavilion (Registrations start on August 2nd). The latter features bingo and music from the 1960s.
Brooklyn Senior Center members are asked to bring a lawn chair to each event and to register early by calling 440-635-4222.
“The majority of our seniors have been vaccinated to make it safer to return to public places. However, we will maintain social distancing and masking safety measures at these outdoor events,” Fratto said.
Speaking of vaccinations, of course, some residents wonder when the Brooklyn Senior Center can reopen its doors for indoor programming.
“Until we find out from the governor’s office that we can safely open, we will hold back and only hold outdoor events,” said Fratto.
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