Strongsville is a vibrant suburb of Cleveland, Ohio that blends a bustling business community with small-town charm. Here you’ll find distinctive neighborhoods, abundant shopping, 2,400 acres of green space, excellent services, top-notch schools and active civic groups – a mix that makes Strongsville an ideal place for families to live, work and thrive.
POINTS OF INTEREST
The Strongsville Historical Society owns and operates the 19th century Strongsville Historical Village, a re-created village composed of both original buildings and buildings brought from the Strongsville area to the site. The buildings span the era from 1822 to 1904 with additions carrying on into the mid-20th century. The village preserves the architectural, economic, cultural, political and social history of Strongsville during this period.
Self-guided tours are offered mid-April through mid-October on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children 6-12.
13305 Pearl Rd., ¼-mile north of Route 82 (Royalton Road)
Gardenview Horticultural Park
The privately owned garden features 16 acres of flowers, trees and plants, many very rare. It boasts ‘millions of flowers, billions of blooms’ and a 10-acre arboretum with more than 2,000 flowering trees.
Open to the public April 1 to Oct. 15 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6 p.m.; other times by appointment. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
16711 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, 44136
Strongsville’s Freedom Trail, one of the largest veteran memorials in Ohio, is a mile-long trail featuring gardens that represent the wars in which Americans have fought. This paved path connects the City Commons with the Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center and acts as a timeline through history.
A directory of Strongsville’s war veterans is located in the Freedom Tail Gazebo. The gazebo is accessed via the “Walk of Valor,” a brick pathway that is engraved with the names of veterans from Strongsville, the branch of service and the period of time or conflict they served.
Access Freedom Trail from Zverina Lane (off Pearl Road), from Westwood Drive (off Pearl Road) or through the Greens of Strongsville plaza (off Royalton Road).
Ehrnfelt Covered Bridge
Located on Whitney Road at Valley Parkway in the Cleveland Metroparks, the rustic covered bridge is a popular tourist attraction.
The busiest branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system is in Strongsville.
18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville, 44136
More than 1.6 million square feet of shopping and dining, with several outbuildings and nearby plazas.
Located on Royalton Road (Route 82), ¼-mile west of Interstate 71.
About 2,000 acres of the Mill Stream Run Reservation lie in Strongsville, including Bonnie Park, The Chalet and Royalview Picnic Area. A paved hike-and-bike trail and the east branch of the Rocky River run through the reservation. Picnic tables, ball fields and fishing are available; The Chalet has two toboggan chutes open in the winter; Royalview has a mountain bike trail.
Access the park from Valley Parkway, which intersects with West 130th Street, Royalton Road, Albion Road and Pearl Road.
City Commons and Clock Tower
Located in the center of Strongsville, at the corner of Pearl Road (Route 42) and Royalton Road (Route 82), the City Commons features a public park with a gazebo and clock tower. It’s the site of a number of events and festivals, including Strongsville Homecoming, the Strongsville City Club Rib Burnoff, Winter Wonderland Lighting Celebration and Strongsville Community Band concerts.
Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center
The city-owned facility features an aquatic center, track, gym, exercise equipment, meeting rooms and café, and hosts hundreds of classes and programs for all ages. The Ehrnfelt Event Center hosts large parties, business meetings and special events.
18100 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, 44136
(440) 580-3260 (rec center)
(440) 580-3275 (senior center)
Recreation and Special Events
Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center
Major Festivals and Events:
Memorial Day Parade – Strongsville VFW Post 3345 sponsors a parade, followed by a ceremony at the city’s Freedom Trail veterans memorial.
Strongsville Rib Burnoff – Held the third week of June on the City Commons, the Strongsville City Club kicks off summer with a festival of food and music.
Band Concerts – The Strongsville Community Band plays a number of free outdoor concerts on the City Commons during the summer months, as well as a number of indoor performances throughout the year.
Strongsville Homecoming – A carnival midway, food, entertainment and a parade highlight the festival, which is sponsored by the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce and takes place the third week of July on the City Commons. Strongsvillechamber.com
Breakfast on the Covered Bridge – The Strongsville City Club hosts an outdoor breakfast the third Sunday in September on the Walter F. Ehrnfelt Covered Bridge.
Day at the Chalet – Arts in Strongsville organizes the popular family-oriented festival celebrating the arts each year on the third Sunday in September at The Chalet in the Cleveland Metroparks.
Harvest Festival – The Strongsville Historical Society organizes the fall fest the last weekend in September at the Historic Village.
Savor the Flavor – The Rotary Club of Strongsville hosts a fundraiser featuring food from many local restaurants each October. Strongsvillerotary.org
Halloween Hullabaloo – The Strongsville Recreation Department throws an indoor party for families with inflatables, games and goodies in October.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Mayor Tom Perciak lights up the City Commons in November at this free popular event that features fireworks and Santa arriving on a sleigh.
Community Theater – Strongsville Community Theatre stages several major productions a year. Strongsvillecommunitytheatre.com
Holiday Breakfasts – The Strongsville Recreation Department hosts Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Breakfast with Santa for families each spring and winter.