The 2014 Gay Games, hosted by the Cleveland Foundation in Greater Cleveland and Akron is one of the largest sports and cultural festivals in the world. 35-40 events will showcase Northeast Ohio’s spirit, ability and willingness to play host to world-class events like this one; events that bring tens of thousands of people from all over the world together to celebrate one common interest.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Cleveland Metroparks to showcase its own ability and willingness to provide a safe, enjoyable venue for sports and cultural events in front of a live, worldwide audience. Law enforcement from local, county, state and federal agencies have been planning, training and meeting with one another to address safety and security issues that could arise in a venue like this one.
I expect our Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department to provide a level of support, cooperation and dedication that is unmatched by others providing multiple venues for the games. I look forward to seeing our department provide superior service and law enforcement in August, using our skills along with the training and resources that our Park District has provided for us in preparation for this event. Let’s make this event another one to be proud of. In the past year alone, the transfer of the lakefront properties to Cleveland Metroparks, the 2013 July 4th celebration, the 2013 Senior Games and most recently, the Cleveland Foundation event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have demonstrated your collective enthusiasm for large events.
We’ve shown Cleveland what we can do. This summer, let’s show the world.
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Chief Dan Veloski