Every now and then I’ll do a “flyover” of the neighborhood. It can reveal some interesting details that a lifetime here hasn’t otherwise made known.
For instance, this view of the area surrounding Cumberland Park offered an intriguing bare spot, just west of the pool, through the otherwise dense canopy of trees.
On closer inspection – which is as easy as a mouse-click – it showed a secret tennis center sandwiched between back yards in one of the city’s oldest residential blocks.
She didn’t have a lot of detail, as she’s not a tennis player. But the courts are clay, and one of her sons swept them as his first summer job. They are run as a co-op and are accessed from a path at the end of one of the driveways.
The same photo also reveals that Cumberland’s wading pool looks like Mickey Mouse.
Flying at a higher altitude shows the extraordinary number of golf courses that exist in a relatively small area here.
Cleveland Heights and University Heights are at the geographic center of 5 private clubs and one public course. That doesn’t include Oakwood, which closed 3 years ago, and the short-lived Euclid Golf Club course, which closed 99 years ago after only about a decade of operation. The old club-house, I’ve been told, is now a private home on Derbyshire near Norfolk.
If you’re waiting for a point or a punchline I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed – except that you can lose hours this way.