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Run 53: Old Brooklyn - Part 13

 This was the 13th and final section run of Old Brooklyn. The boundary included Broadview Road (west) to Jennings Road (east) and from Valley Road (north) to Creston Road (south).

Distance This Section: 6.2 miles 

Distance So Far: 317.8 miles

Strava Recording

Brighton Park: This new park was a construction and demolition debris landfill that ceased operation in the 1980s. It was once also home to Cuffari's Go Kart track. In partnership with Cleveland Metroparks, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy acquired it in 2015 and secured funding for environmental remediation which paved the way for park development. At 25 acres and with 5,100 feet of trail, it now provides a critical connection between the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Brookside Reservation.

Flowers in bloom on Valley Road.

One of the nicer single family homes I saw (Valley Rd & Elston Ave).

Commercial opportunity on Valley Rd near Jennings Rd.

Entrance to the Treadway Creek Trail on Crestline Ave.

Crestview Estates is a mammoth CMHA housing complex on Crestline Ave.

Old Fire Station #37: This former fire station on Broadview Road was built in 1898 and served as both the South Brooklyn town hall and the fire station at one time. It was eventually decommissioned and sold by the City over 40 years ago but is still holding up well under private ownership.

China Wok: No-frills Chinese restaurant across from Deaconess Hospital on Broadview Road.

Fantasy Toys Bicycle & Hobby: This novelty bike shop started as a father and son venture in 1995 "to produce the areas top show bicycle in a city which at the time knew nothing about the customized Low Rider bicycles built for years already on the West Coast".

Kelly's Catering Company: This minority-owned southern/soul food restaurant can handle your special event needs but also offers carryout service. I was hoping to try the Jerry & Cooney Combo but it was Sunday and they were closed.

Ariel Pearl Center: This historic building (originally Pearl Street Savings and Trust Bank) was built in 1923 by the same architects who built the Cleveland Museum of Art, West Side Market, City Club, Masonic Temple, and other famous historic Cleveland buildings. In 2016, it was privately purchased and beautifully converted into a special events center.

El Rinconcito Chapin: Guatemalan restaurant with affordable, robust and tasty menu. This veggie bowl was my post-run meal and it was pretty decent.

At the top of Valley Rd after scaling the steep hill in 90-degree heat, 4.5 miles into the run. Brutal.

A series of well-maintained multi-family homes on Valley Road.

The brick and tree-lined aesthetic of W. 22nd, an anomaly in this part of the neighborhood.

Leah's Learning Center: Education center for infants through pre-kindergarten which uses the Creative Curriculum approach.