Mayor Gorden

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Jun 13

Beachwood Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Tonight with the Cleveland T.O.P.S. Swing Band

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 1:36 PM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

Beachwood Summer ConcertsThe Beachwood Summer Concert Series is back! The popular Cleveland T.O.P.S. Swing Band will perform tonight, Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. outside at the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center.  This concert is free and open to the public, as are all of our summer concerts. We’re anticipating a beautiful evening, but in the event of inclement weather, the band will perform inside the Beachwood Community Center.

The Beachwood Summer Concert Series will hold performances every Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m., through June and July. Tuesday concerts are held outside at the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center and feature a variety of swing, rock and pop music. Guests can take advantage of our concession stand which offers many dinner options as well as popcorn and ice cream. Thursday concerts are held inside the Beachwood Community Center and feature classical genres.

The Beachwood Summer Concert Series offers something to please every age and musical preference.  Nothing beats live music on a nice summer evening.  Come out and join neighbors and friends for this fun, free entertainment.
May 24

Memorial Day Weekend: Field of Flags, Mulch and Beachwood Family Aquatic Center

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:14 PM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

Flag_17The warm weather has arrived, flowers have bloomed, school is almost out and the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center is preparing to open. As we approach Memorial Day weekend, here a few things to note:

Flag on Display
You may notice as you drive down Richmond Road that a gigantic, 1800 square foot American flag is on display on the lawn in front of City Hall. This flag is part of our annual tribute to honor the soldiers who have lost their lives in service to our country. Please feel free to stop and park at City Hall to get a closer view and pay honor to those who have paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedom.

Mulch Available for Resident
As you continue your spring clean-up and prepare for guests over the holiday weekend, please remember the City offers mulch for residents for $2 per bag. Our Service Department produces this organic mulch from double shredding brush that has been collected throughout the community. The mulch is made in Beachwood’s own composting facility. Mulch can be purchased at the Service Department, 23355 Mercantile Road. Stop by Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Please bring proof of residency.

Family Aquatic Center Opens
I hope many of you join us for opening day at Beachwood Family Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 27. The facility will be open for the holiday weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The full season runs daily from June 3 through August 15 and on weekends through September 4. Residents, if you haven’t purchased your memberships you can now do so in the Community Services Office at City Hall or at the Aquatic Center when open this weekend.   Don't forget your proof of residency.

I hope everyone has a safe, fun and relaxing Holiday weekend.


May 05

Join fellow Beachwood Residents and Take Advantage of our Heritage Home Program Benefits

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM by Mayor Merle S. Gorden

HHP Logo High Res 2014Beachwood is proud to be a Heritage Home Program (HHP) community offering Beachwood residents free technical assistance for home repair and maintenance projects for homes 50 years or older.  

The program, conducted in partnership with the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS), has provided millions of dollars of free services to Beachwood residents.  Last quarter alone in Beachwood (January – March 2017) HHP received 11 inquiries, 10 calls for technical assistance, 8 site visits and signed 3 loans with one pending.  

HHP and CRS provide services including site visits to answer home repair, improvement and maintenance questions, advice on energy efficiency, access to information on local contractors, evaluation of bids and much more.  Qualified Beachwood homeowners also have the option of obtaining a low-interest fixed-rate HHP loan. Eligible projects may include (and are not limited to):  

  • Exterior and interior painting
  • Window repair & replacement
  • Kitchen and bath improvements and remodels
  • Carpentry and plumbing
  • Chimney repair and masonry work
  • Basement finishing and waterproofing
  • Air conditioning
  • Wood floor refinishing

If you have a home that’s 50 years or older, you may qualify for this free resource and should consider taking advantage of it.  

To learn more about the HHP program, please visit  or call 216.426.3116 or review this helpful PowerPoint the town meeting Mayor Ward and I hosted at Beachwood City Hall on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  Click here to view the PowerPoint presented: