Lakewood OH

Council to approve rental increases for Elmwood Cabin, park shelters

By Sue Botos

Rocky River

Anyone planning on booking Elmwood Cabin, the City Hall Gazebo or the Rocky River Park shelter for upcoming festivities should be prepared to dig a bit further into their pocket.

City Council is considering legislation which will hike resident rental fees for the cabin in Elmwood Park from $60 to $75 ($115, nonresident) Monday – Friday until 5:30 p.m. After 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays, the cost will rise from $100 to $150 ($225, nonresident) and overnight guests will see the largest increase, from $115 to $175. ($250, nonresident).

The security deposit for the cabin will also increase by $25 to $125.

Those using the City Hall Gazebo and the shelter in Rocky River Park can expect to pay $10 more, with the rental fee rising from $20 to $30 per hour. ($50 nonresident).

To receive the resident cost, at least half of the group must live in the city.

Chris Klym, council’s representative to the city Parks and Recreation Commission, said fees for the facilities have not been raised since 2011. “This is not a real significant raise. Parks and Recreation does approve some fees, but these need council approval,” Klym explained.

He added that the Parks and Recreation Commission reviewed and recommended the increases during their March meeting, agreeing they are comparable with the fees charged by neighboring cities. For example, North Olmsted charges residents $20 per hour for its park pavilions and daytime rental for Bay Village’s Community House is $150 for private parties.

The original Elmwood Cabin was built in the 1950s. After a fire of undetermined origin destroyed the popular party venue in 2002, the community and businesses rallied to replace and enhance the building. It was rededicated in October of 2003 after resident and architect Jim Malloy donated his time to recreate and update the 2,400-square-
foot timber-and-stone structure. Today it boasts indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a full kitchen and
cable TV.
According to city recreation Director Chris
Mehling, the fee increases will apply to reservations that occur after the ordinances are approved by council and signed by the mayor. Anyone making a
request before the measures are approved will pay the former rate.
Council is expected to hear the legislation’s third reading and give approval at the April 24 legislative session.



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