Every year from May 15 - September 16 the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation hosts Take a Hike! -tours of five different areas of downtown Cleveland. The tour guides are excellent and very knowledgeable, and there are usually appearances by historic figures portrayed by actors. We so enjoyed the ones we have attended in the past, that I have decided to post one of them each month for our group this season.
Wednesday's tour--about the Gateway District--begins inside the lovely Euclid Arcade.
Learn about the Gateway District’s historic dime stores, such as Woolworth’s and Kresge’s, the incredible Arcade, which was modeled after the great light courts of Europe, the East 4th Street Entertainment District, Rose’s Folly, the Caxton Building and more. Mayor Tom Johnson, Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton or inventor Garrett Morgan may drop in for a visit along the way.
The tour meets inside the doors on the Euclid side of the Arcade. Suggested parking can be found across from Quicken Loans Arena between Huron Road and Prospect Avenue, in the parking garage of 200 Public Square on Superior Avenue or in the 515 Euclid garage at the corner of East 6th Street and Euclid Avenue.
* * * * * * * Take a Hike! is free, but donations are encouraged to help fund future tours. Tours take place rain or shine. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. And, don’t forget to bring along your water bottle on hot days.
The parking meters downtown are free on Saturdays and Sundays. They are also free after 6 PM on weekdays. Please read all parking-related signage on streets carefully to avoid getting parking tickets, especially in construction areas.
Take a Hike! is presented by Dollar Bank. It is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. The tours also receive generous support from Ohio & Erie Canalway.
Program partners include Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation, PlayhouseSquare, Bob Zimmer of Keller Williams, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland Magazine, Ohio Canal Corridor, and WDOK Cleveland’s New 102.