Division of Park Maintenance and Properties

This division of Park Maintenance and Properties is responsible for development and implementation of the Citywide property maintenance management and oversees the Parks, Cemeteries, Golf Courses, Urban Forestry, maintenance of Vacant Lots, Greenhouse and Task Force Program assignments.

Vacant Lot Clean Up
The Parks Maintenance Division services and cleans vacant properties and lots throughout the City of Cleveland from April through October. This process helps keep Cleveland clean and green one neighborhood at a time. Video

Lot Cutting and Cleaning

216.420.8300 - Weekdays 7 am to 3:30 pm

The objective of this program is to keep vacant lots and the exteriors of vacant structures within the City aesthetically pleasing and to eliminate health and safety hazards. Activities include cutting high grass, weeds and remove debris from vacant properties.

As weather permits, Vacant Properties Operations also runs a yearlong dumping initiative.  This program removes large debris from vacant properties using a commercial loader and trucks.  The debris is properly disposed of and the owner of the vacant property is billed for services.  This program works systematically through the city, with wards having the most dump locations receiving first priority.

Owners who abandon their property will be charged for maintenance services and a fine will be incurred. Problem properties can be reported by calling the number above.

Owners whose property has been serviced by the city are billed for services. If the bill is not paid within 30 days, it is sent to the County and placed as a "special assessment" on the owner's property taxes. Those wishing to protest the invoice or services are asked to call 216.420.8367. Property owners are advised to have information, including service dates, available to expedite this process.

Greenhouse, Rockefeller Park, 750 East 88th Street, Cleveland, OH 44108

216-664-3103 - Daily 10 am to 4 pm - Friends of Rockefeller Park Greenhouse Website

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse is a public garden with both indoor and outdoor display areas. The Greenhouse is free to visit, and open year-round from 10am to 4pm daily including weekends and holidays. It is located within Rockefeller Park, at 750 East 88th Street, Cleveland, OH 44108, just south of interstate 90 at the Marin Luther King Jr Blvd exit.

The Greenhouse and grounds feature theme gardens, specialty plant collections, and seasonal floral displays.

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse will RE-OPEN to visitors on FRIDAY, MAY 7. Our regular hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm daily will resume.

Visitors to the indoor Greenhouse displays and areas will be asked to observe COVID-19 Safety Restrictions including:

  • Use of face masks for visitors over 5 years of age;
  • Maximum of 30 people permitted inside the building at one time;
  • Maintain 6 ft. distance between groups;
  • Currently prohibited indoor activities:
    • No photography sessions;
    • No use of tripods, lights, or other photo equipment;
    • No drawing/painting;
    • No eating/picnicking; and,
    • Other activities as determined by Greenhouse staff.

Activities that require a permit such as weddings and wedding photography will resume when the City’s Special Events Permitting Office opens back up. Contact the Greenhouse Manager at 216-664-3103 for the latest information.

Visit the Friends of Rockefeller Park Greenhouse website to stay updated on displays and events.

The Urban Forestry Section

216.664.3104 - Weekdays 8 am to 4:30 pm

The goal of Urban Forestry is to provide a safe urban forest while striving to preserve its natural beauty. This office's activities include the pruning of street trees, the removal of trees that are a risk to public safety and the planting of street trees (when funding is available).

Request a Street Tree

If you are a property owner, you can have a tree planted on your tree lawn for free!  Submit a request through our new tree request form.

Emerald Ash Borer Information

The City of Cleveland Urban Forestry Section is removing all ash trees in the right-of-way.  The ash trees are infested with a non-native beetle: the Emerald Ash Borer.  The borer came from China and was found in Michigan in June 2002.  Since then it has spread to Canada and more than thirty US states.  The beetle only infests ash trees (Fraxinus genus).  

There are pesticide treatments designed to kill the borer before or during an infestation.  These treatments can be expensive and are only effective when administered repeatedly throughout the life of the tree.  This is not a cost-effective option for the ash trees in the city’s right-of-way.  It is a known fact that all untreated ash trees will die.  

For those with ash trees, the city recommends contacting an ISA Certified Arborist to evaluate them and to discuss options. 

Informational Links

New Tree Requests

Once ash trees are removed, homeowners can call the Urban Forestry Section at 216.664.3104 for a replacement tree. The intake department will record all requests in a database. Trees are planted when a funding source is identified. 

Trees and Sidewalks

Homeowners with time-sensitive needs for sidewalk repair, who are not part of the 50/50 Sidewalk Program or the Tree Damaged Sidewalk Program, can request assistance from Urban Forestry.  First, a sidewalk replacement permit must be obtained from the Bureau of Sidewalks at 216.664.7434.

Once a permit is in hand, the homeowner may call Urban Forestry to schedule a tree and root assessment.  In order for the Forester to assess the roots, damaged sidewalk panels must be removed.  A Forester will complete the assessment within 48 hours of sidewalk panel removal.  

If the tree cannot be retained during construction, Urban Forestry will remove it.  If roots need to be removed, that will be scheduled after the Ohio Utility Protection Service has marked the site to avoid contact with underground utilities.

The responsibility for the removal of the damaged sidewalk as well as costs associated with the installation of new cement is the responsibility of the property owner.

Threats From Insects

This division will remove wasp, hornet or bee nests from city-owned trees if found to pose a threat to public safety.

Tree Roots in Sewers

Urban Forestry does not remove a tree when roots have made their way into water or sewer pipes. Much like gutters should be cleaned of debris to prevent gutter overflow, each homeowner is responsible for annual maintenance of their sewer laterals. This is the pipe that connects the sewer pipes in the house to the main sewer pipe, which is usually at the street. Because the pipes are buried and out of sight, homeowners usually don’t have any clues to potential problems in their laterals until it is too late. -More

Cemeteries, Public

216.348.7210 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm

The Division of Park Maintenance & Properties provides burial services and cemetery maintenance. If a family wishes to purchase a grave, they may visit the cemetery of their choice to make a selection, or they can allow the City to choose for them. -more

Park Maintenance and Properties Section

216.420.8300 - Monday - Friday 7 am to 3:30 pm, Weekends 6 am to 2:30 pm

The objective of the Park Maintenance and Properties Section is to provide pleasant and attractive public areas.  These areas include parks that provide playgrounds, open air shelters, ball fields and green space.   Park staff is also responsible for keeping portions of downtown trash and debris free- from the Flats to East 18th Street.

Summer activities include grass cutting, ball field prep, tree pruning, debris removal and setting up for special events.  Park staff remains busy in the winter as well, by plowing recreation centers and city-owned parking lots.