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Metroparks CEO Touts Gems in Cleveland’s Emerald Necklace As Levy Campaign Begins

Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

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The CEO of the Cleveland Metroparks is drumming up support as the organization plans to ask taxpayers to renew the levy they already pay, plus pay a little bit more.

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Brian Zimmernan, CEO of the Cleveland Metroparks.  photo courtesy of Cleveland City Club. Edgewater Beach, newly acquired by the Cleveland Metroparks, has been freshly cleaned up.

At the City Club of Cleveland today, Brian Zimmerman discussed the organization’s recent acquisitions, including the Lake Erie beaches, the West Creek Reservation in Parma and the former Acacia Country Club in Beachwood. 

He says the park system depends on tax dollars for construction, maintenance and a host of other needs.

Zimmerman: “We have 456 plus buildings that we maintain.  Each one of those buildings has a roof.  Each one of those has an HVAC system.  So there are a lot of things that people don’t actually see.  We have 40 some different bridges through the entire county. “

The levy will cost homeowners 94 dollars a year for every one hundred thousand dollars of home value.

Zimmerman says the Metroparks depends on Cuyahoga County and Hinkley Township for 62 percent of its budget.

You can catch the entire City Club program featuring Brian Zimmerman Saturday afternoon at 3pm on WCPN.

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