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.

  • Health Food Truck Visiting Recreation Centers This Summer

    The Cleveland Food Bank will be passing out healthy produce and Jimmy John's sandwiches at several recreation centers and other venues now until early August. There will be agencies on hand to assist attendees with SNAP applications, Medicaid enrollment, and signing up for free cell phones. Locations and details are available on the city events calendar.

  • Free Summer Meals for Kids Ages 18 and Under

    Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the Cleveland Division of Recreation today announce the 2017 Summer Food Service Program for Children. The program is at all City recreation centers and partner locations throughout the City. There is no charge to families or children to participate.

  • Seasonal Recreation Activities Information Now Posted Online

    Seasonal activities at City of Cleveland Recreation Centers include organized sports, playground activities, performance arts, ice skating, camping, and more. Activities are designed for participants from the very young to Seniors. Detailed information is available on the new Seasonal Activities page.

  • 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. 

  • Updated List: City Recycling Drop Off Sites

    As residents take advantage of the convenience of curbside recycling, drop-off sites have seen a decline in usage The City will continue to to accept bulk recycling at its Ridge Road Transfer Facility. Accepted items include glass, paper, plastic, metals and cardboard. In addition to the Ridge Road facility, a number of additional recycling drop-off sites will remain available.
     

  • Stay Safe & Beat The Heat in CLE with These Tips

    When temperatures rise to 85 degrees or higher, the City of Cleveland will open its 22 outdoor pools no matter the day of the week. City outdoor pools are open from the second weekend in June through the second weekend in August, Wednesdays thru Sundays from noon until 7:30pm The City also operates 19 indoor pools at its recreation centers.

  • Cleveland's #LetsChillCLE Contest: Win Lunch with Mayor Jackson

    This summer Cleveland children will see the city’s new ice cream truck staffed by members of the Division of Police. In addition to serving cold tasty treats, the truck is an opportunity for Police to engage with children in a positive way. The City of Cleveland is hosting a social media contest, which runs until August 4th, to spread the word about the new ice cream truck. The prize is lunch with Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams at City Hall

  • 2017 Senior Summer Walk Series

    The Cleveland Department of Aging has partnered with the Division of Recreation to offer four community walks at beautiful Cleveland parks and recreation centers. This is a great way to get active, meet new friends and have fun! All walkers will be entered into a raffle. All fitness levels may participate!

  • 8/11: Saying Goodbye to Summer at Cudell's Summer Cook Out

    Cudell Fine Arts will be saying goodbye to the summer and all are invited to enjoy good food and great company.

  • Extended Summer Hours at Eight Recreation Centers!

    The Division of Recreation will extend hours at eight recreation centers for the summer. Wednesday through Saturday from now through August 12th, the centers will remain open until 11pm. Made possible in part by the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation, extended hours are aimed at keeping youth engaged in positive activities during late evening hours.

  • Showagon Performance Schedule for the Summer of 2017

    Showagon is the city's traveling performing arts troupe. Youth perform throughout the city at various venues. Showagon is part of the Youth Performing Arts Series at Cudell Fine Arts.

  • Change in Traffic Pattern on East 152nd

    A new traffic pattern along East 152nd Street between Woodworth Avenue and South Waterloo Road will be part of the ongoing road improvements and upgrades. Traffic will be moved to the east side of the roadway and two-way traffic will be maintained. We ask that motorists remain alert for lane shifts. Barrels will be used to indicate the direction of traffic. The direction change will remain in place until August 2017.

  • City of Cleveland Employees Raise More Than $100K for Harvest For Hunger

    City of Cleveland employees are top supporters of the Harvest for Hunger campaign this year – raising enough for more than 468,000 meals. In total, the City of Cleveland – from City Hall to the Department of Utilities to the Mayor’s Office – raised $117,000. That makes the City of Cleveland an emerald level sponsor, raising more than $100 per employee. In addition, the City collected 1,400 pounds of food for the Food Bank.

  • September 5th to 9th: Scrap Tire Drop Off

    Residents may drop off up to ten tires per household at 2 locations. This free service is for residents only, and tires will not be accepted from vehicles with commercial plates.

  • City Provides Free Document Shredding!

    Residents can drive up and drop off documents or stay and watch the 4,500 pound per hour shredder in action at 5600 Carnegie Avenue weekdays, and some Saturdays.

  • City and County Accept Computers and Cell Phones for Recycling

    The City of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District have teamed up to recycle unwanted computer equipment and cell phones. All collected computer equipment will either be upgraded and distributed to schools or recycled. Equipment may be dropped off at two locations weekdays and some Saturdays.

  • 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.

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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