and adaptive equipment for children in wheelchairs. It also includes a "friendship swing" on which a parent and toddler can swing facing each other. Bogre says he'd like to add a Storybook Trail through the woods, where families will come upon pages of a story as they walk through. "We're trying to make it a great playground for everyone," Bogre says. Due primarily to a strong tax base generated in the city's business parks, Perciak says the city's financial health is strong. "Eighty-five percent of the city's general fund revenue comes from income tax collections, and the majority of the income tax comes from the business parks," says Brent Painter, economic development director. "Our
business parks have one of the lowest vacancy rates in northeast Ohio." The city's $62 million budget pays for police, fire and other local services. With major improvements being finished on the city's major thoroughfares - Routes 42 and 82, a new traffic signal system is planned on those roads to reduce congestion, Perciak says. "The new system will anticipate where traffic is flowing," he says. "It will be a major improvement in keeping traffic moving."
Strongsvillleâ€™s Freedom Trail, one of the largest veteran memorials in Ohio (left); and the new playground at Surrarrer Park, at the corner of Webster and Whitney roads.