We had the privilege of speaking recently with Christy Szoke, who is the Aquatics/Facilities Manager for the Cleveland Metroparks. Christy started working as a lifeguard at the Cleveland Metroparks in 2003 and has worked her way up to her current position. The Metroparks are a fabulous resource for water and summer fun, whether it be a day swimming or picnicking at one of the beaches, relaxing at the pool or just stopping by for some ice cream. Safety is the #1 priority for Christy and her entire staff. We asked Christy to share with us some facts and safety tips for enjoying the water activities that the Cleveland Metroparks have to offer.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice for families heading out for a
day of fun swimming or boating, what would it be?
A: Safety first, no matter what. If you're planning to swim at the lake or a waterfront area, make sure you swim in a designated area with lifeguards on duty. Lifeguards go through extensive training to know how to prevent and respond to emergencies but it is important for parents to keep an eye on their children. Lifeguards are an added layer of protection but safety needs to be a priority for everyone at the swim areas, not just the lifeguard staff.
Q: Are swim lessons offered through Cleveland Metroparks?
A: Yes, Ledge Pool has a summer-long learn to swim program where certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors provide lessons to individuals of all ages. We offer parent/child classes for infants and toddler and group lessons, as well as private lessons for 1:1 learning with a certified instructor.
Q: Where within Cleveland Metroparks can patrons swim?
A: There are five designated swim areas at Cleveland Metroparks: Two beaches on Lake Erie, two inland lakes and one swimming pool:
- Wallace Lake (Berea)
- Edgewater Beach (Cleveland)
- Huntington Beach (Bay Village)
- Hinckley Dam Spillway
- Ledge Pool & Recreation Area (Hinckley)
Q: Besides swimming, what other water related activities can the public
enjoy in Cleveland Metroparks?
A: Many of the aquatic facilities are a one-stop shop for summer fun including swimming, sand volleyball, relaxing in the sun, boat rentals, fishing, or just catching up with friends at an event such as Edgewater LIVE (a new view on happy hour with live local music, food trucks, activities and games on Thursday evenings at Edgewater Park from 5:30-8:30 through August 14th).