The Unofficial Brooklyn, Ohio Homepage - Vol. VII, Issue II - 2002

Founded in 1867, located six miles southwest of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Brooklyn, Ohio is home to approximately 12,000 people. Covering 4.5 square miles, Brooklyn has a population density of 2,600 people per square mile. With a tax rate of 51.3 mills, it is one of the most reasonably taxed cities in Northeast Ohio.

Most homes in the area are 30-year old bungalows or ranches; however there are some colonials, splits and duplexes. Several new upscale housing developments are underway. Apartment availability is fair to good.

Access routes include Interstate I-71 (north-south) and I-480 (east-west). Shopping locations include Ridge Park Square and Biddulph Plaza with several strip retail centers in the vicinity. Parmatown Mall, a large shopping complex is located just three miles south at Ridge Road and Ridgewood Drive (in Parma, Ohio).

Centrally located between two airports makes it an ideal residential location for the business traveler. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is 15 minutes and eight miles away with Burke Lakefront Airport only 18 minutes and seven miles northeast. Public transportation is supplied by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), making downtown Cleveland (Public Square) a 10 minute trip by bus.

Newspaper coverage is supplied daily by The Plain Dealer, with its multi-million dollar facility located on Tiedeman Road near I-480, with The Brooklyn Sun Journal supplying the weekly publication.

Public Education is provided in three buildings: K-2, 3-6; 7-8 and 9-12 (two wings in the same building). Student/teacher ratio is 22.5:1 (elementary); 12.22:1 (Brooklyn High School). The teaching staff includes 54 with Master's Degrees, and the average teacher experience is 18 years. Pupil attendance rate is 94.1%, with a student dropout rate of 3%. Percentage graduating is 86%, with 82% being college prep graduates. Special programs offered with the school system include a volunteer peer tutoring program, peer teaching program and KATS (Kids Are Totally Super) - a before and after school program. For more education information contact: James Garber, Superintendent, Brooklyn Board of Education, 9200 Biddulph Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 (216)351-8477.

Private/Parochial Education is provided through St. Thomas More Elementary School (Grades K-8). Mrs. Nancy Brewer, Principal.
Heritage Christian School (Grades K-12), Bruce Witzke, Principal. Close proximity to many parochial/private secondary schools.

Higher Education is available at Cuyahoga Community, Baldwin-Wallace, Notre Dame and Ursuline Colleges, as well as John Carroll, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State , Kent State and Akron Universities.

Special Education is available at Cuyahoga County Adult Training Center for the Mentally Retarded and Developmentally Disabled, located at 10991 Memphis Avenue, (216)941-8800.

Health Care: Brooklyn is in close proximity to all Northeast Ohio hospital and medical centers. The Brooklyn Fire Department offers emergency medical service to Deaconess Hospital (Cleveland), Parma Community General Hospital (Parma), Kaiser Permanente and MetroHealth Medical Center (Cleveland).

The Brooklyn Recreation Center houses an indoor ice rink, indoor-outdoor swimming pools and natatorium, steam and sauna rooms, fully equipped exercise facilities, racquetball courts, and batting cages. Memorial Park includes a children's playground, several baseball diamonds, tennis courts and basketball courts and picnic facilities. Brock Memorial Playground located at Ridge Road and Vandalia Avenue, includes toddler and youth playground equipment and basketball courts. A national gold medal award-winner for achievement of excellence in leisure-time programs and recreation and parks management, Brooklyn Recreation Department offers diversified, year-round activities for all ages.

The Brooklyn Senior Center is the hub of the city's senior programs and activities, medical screenings, transportation services and weekly luncheons. Brooklyn also offers eligible seniors snow removal and summer grass cutting services for a fee of five dollars per season for each service.

Public Service provided by the City includes a certified building department which processes all building permits and conducts inspections. Refuse and recyclables are collected curbside weekly for no additional fee. White goods and other items which require special handling are collected via a special request. For a minimal fee, the city has provisions for disposal of construction and demolition materials and oil.

Organizations include: Brooklyn Athletic Boosters, Hockey Association, Brooklyn Figure Skating Club, Boy and Girl Scout organizations. Brooklyn Campers, PTA's. Democratic and Republican Clubs, Kiwanis, Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Knights of Columbus and Laurel Garden Club.

Utilities are supplied by East Ohio Gas Co., Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Ameritech Telephone, City of Cleveland Water Department, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

Public Safety is provided through Emergency Dial 9-1-1,--- Non-emergency - Police Department (216)749-1234 and Fire Department (216)749-1212.

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