Cove Community Center Celebrates Opening With Lakewood Experience Video Contest

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – To celebrate the recently opened Cove Community Center, the Department of Human Services, in partnership with SLA Video Productions, is hosting a month Lakewood Experience Video Contest.

“A big part of our mission is to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in our community and bring generations together for music, activities and programming,” said Director of Social Services Chad Berry.

“So we thought a video contest giving people the chance to say what Lakewood means to them and how it’s impacted their lives was a natural complement to opening Cove.”

From August 3 to 31, residents are invited to create a short message. Each individual video will be edited into a montage and presented at a later date at the Cove Community Center.

At the same premiere, one random winner will be selected to receive a $250 gift card and a box set of Motown records.

For those unable to make their own video, SLA Video Productions will be on hand to help from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 11, 16, 24, and 29 at 12525 Lake Ave.

As for the transition to the Cove Community Center, it began in April when different entities finally came together under one roof.

“It’s been really positive,” Berry said. “We finally have all our divisions here. It means that the whole community finally comes to the same place to receive all our services, so it’s very busy, very active. It’s a beautiful space.

“We’re just trying to figure out where do we go from here and how can we create new programs and activities.”

One such event is an intergenerational picnic scheduled for August 23 at the center.

Currently housed at the Cove Community Center are the Lakewood Aging Division, Lawther Center, Youth Division, Family Room, and half of the Help to Others (H2O) service-learning program, which also has from a location at Lakewood High School.

“We’re definitely seeing a bigger swath of the population coming in than we were serving before,” Berry said. “It’s really across all socio-economic and diverse backgrounds. It’s a whole new clientele.

“For seniors, there are 8,000 in Lakewood and we’ve traditionally only served a small portion of that, but we’ve seen such a dramatic change.

“There are tons of people walking here, so the transition to this neighborhood has been really positive. There’s just a lot more opportunity. People have really flocked in and wanted to be a part of everything we do.

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Jill E. Washington