PARMA, OHIO — Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Parma Heights Mayor Mike Byrne announced today a partnership that will allow residents to enjoy summer concerts while the cities share the costs.
Cox Communications will join in the collaborative effort so that local and area residents will continue to have a full complement of evening entertainment on Sundays this summer. The 10-week summer concert series will be hosted by both cities – five shows at Anthony Zielinski Park in Parma and five at the Greenbriar Commons in Parma Heights.
“This is a perfect example of the relatively simple ways communities can create partnerships that are mutually beneficial,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “Residents of both these communities can still enjoy free summer entertainment while sharing costs. I’m grateful to Cox Communications, our corporate partner, for their part in this as well. Everybody wins.”
Said Parma Heights Mayor Mike Byrne: “This is an exciting time. All Cuyahoga County mayors are looking to foster relationships that benefit the community as a whole. This band series is a great example of a collaborative effort that offers a win-win for both communities. It also highlights what great things can happen when private enterprise and governments work together.”
Stacie Shafer, public affairs manager at Cox Communications, said community pride figured into Cox’s decision to participate. “Cox is proud of our commitment and contributions to the community,” she said. “We believe being involved in the Summer Concert Series is just another way Cox connects to the local community and supports activities important to our customers.
” Parma Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi says that concertgoers will be able to enjoy a wide variety of musical styles at this year’s series. “There will be everything from Big Band to the Beatles and from Polka to Motown,” he said.
In previous years, all shows were held in Parma. Under the partnership agreement, each city will be responsible for $970 of the cost for the series, and Cox is adding $1,500 for the series – $750 to each city. The new agreement results in a savings of $2,090 for Parma.
The five concert dates for Parma’s Zielinski Park are June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15 and July 22. The concerts in Parma Heights’ Greenbriar Commons will be on July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19 and August 26. In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved indoors to Parmatown Mall.