Public Works

The Department of Public Works directs and controls eight divisions: Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Parking, Park Maintenance, Property Management, Recreation, Streets, Traffic Engineering, and Waste collection and oversees the Public Auditorium, West Side Market, Cleveland Browns stadium, on-street parking, and all City owned off-street parking facilities.

  • Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Applications Now Available

    Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship applications are available to City of Cleveland employees, dependents of City of Cleveland employees, high school seniors graduating from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and high school seniors who are in the Youth Development Program or involved with the City of Cleveland Department of Recreation. The entry deadline is Sunday, April 29, 2018.

  • Recreation Centers Offering Lifeguard Training Classes

    Clevelanders 15 years and older can become professional American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee employment with the City of Cleveland. Training classes and review courses run through May, 2018.

  • Showagon Tryouts for Youth at Recreation Centers

    Youth who dance, sing, act and perform poetry form a summer performing art troupe that appears on a mobile stage unit from early June through August. Kids ages 5 to 17 audition annually in May. The Division of Recreation provides voice instructors and choreographers to enhance talent.

  • Keeping Cleveland Clean: Reporting Nuisance Properties and Illegal Dumping

    Residents are encouraged to help keep the City of Cleveland beautiful, healthy and clean by reporting nuisance properties and illegal dumping.The objective of the city’s lot cutting and cleaning program is to keep vacant lots and the exteriors of vacant structures within the city aesthetically pleasing and to eliminate health and safety hazards. Its activities include cutting weeds and removing debris from vacant lots.

  • Craft Carnival at Cudell Fine Arts Promises Family Fun

    On Thursday June 14th from Noon to 3pm, a festival of games and prizes kicks off the summer for the community. The Bureau of Cultural Arts will present their 2018 summer schedule. This is a free event open to the public.

  • Bug Fest Celebrates Insects- Open to the Public

    Thursday June 28th from 2 to 5pm. This annual event will be held on Thursday June 28th from 2 to 5pm. It's a celebration of insects and their relatives, and designed for children of all ages. The festival will include face painting, music and snow cones for participants.

  • Chalk-A-Walk Festival Public Sidewalk Drawing Event, Showagon to Perform

    This is a FREE public sidewalk chalk drawing event on Tuesday July 24th from 1 to 3pm. Patrons are provided with buckets of chalk, giving everyone the opportunity to show off their artistic abilities on a cement canvas. The festival will include face painting, music, snow cones and a collaborative piece that everyone can participate in. Showagon will entertain the community to close out the Chalk-A-Walk Festival.

  • City of Cleveland to Relaunch Waste Collection and Recycling Regulation Enforcement

    The Department of Public Works, Division of Waste Collection will again issue citations for violations of City of Cleveland waste collection and recycling regulations. Citations could run up to $350, depending on the infraction. The City will post videos to its social media accounts for public education.

  • Bike Rack Service Available Downtown on East 4th

    The service comes complete with parking spaces, personal lockers, and changing/shower facilities at 2148 East 4th. Those needing more information may call 216.771.7120.

  • Parade Permit Applications

    Any person or entity planning to hold a parade on the streets of Cleveland must obtain a permit as required by Cleveland Codified Ordinance § 411.05 by completing an application and filing it with the Office of Special Events & Marketing.

  • Monthly Keycard Payments for City Parking Lots Can Now be Done Online

    Monthly Keycard payments can be paid online for parking at the Gateway East Garage, Lakefront Municipal Parking, and Willard Park Garage. There is a convenience fee associated. 

  • League Park's Baseball Heritage Museum Gift Shop Offers Cleveland Baseball Souvenirs

    Professional Cleveland sports teams had their start at historic League Park. It's now home to the Baseball Heritage Museum, which offers keepsakes including mugs, t-shirts, baseballs, and League Park History DVD's, all at reasonable prices.

  • Mass Notification System Provides Critical Information to Clevelanders, Visitors

    The City of Cleveland has announced the launch of a mass notification system that will provide critical emergency and non-emergency alerts to residents and visitors. The City encourages all residents, visitors, and businesses to sign up for the system known as CodeRED.

  • City Recreation Volunteer Openings Available Year-Round

    The Division of Recreation is seeking volunteers. Recreation center volunteers enrich the community in several areas including the arts, sports, education, and mentoring. These generous individuals are from diverse backgrounds and include people of all ages from recent graduates seeking practical experience, to retirees with spare time to share. 

About the Department of Public Works

The recent consolidation of the former departments of Public Service and Parks, Recreation & Properties in order to form the Department of Public Works improves service, efficiency, and reduces redundancy through the sharing of equipment and personnel.

This is the City’s 3rd largest department with over 1,100 dedicated employees serving Cleveland.

Public Works is responsible for core services. Annually the department picks up approximately 156,000 tons of waste, uses 70,000 tons of salt for snow, paints over 7,000 crosswalks, and provides over 49,000 vacant property service visits. The department also maintains city parks and parking lots, and provides leisure opportunities to residents.

The department's goals are threefold:

  • Provide consistent, quality service; maintain clean neighborhoods and safe streets and sidewalks for pedestrians, motorists, and visitors.
  • Use a sustainable and proactive approach to provide services and recreational activities in order to maintain quality of life for Cleveland residents and visitors.
  • Operate and maintain clean, accessible, vibrant public space for exploration, relaxation, and exercise, while connecting culturally diverse venues of sports, entertainment, and educational experiences.
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