Neighborhood Spotlight: Independence

Founded in 1830, the city of Independence, Ohio prides itself on providing essential services and enhancing the quality of community life in the most economical and efficient manner possible. (source)

Ranked the number 6 suburb in Northeast Ohio in Cleveland Magazine’s Rating the Suburbs June 2017 issue, Independence is known for its central location, its hub of Cleveland business, local-focused retail, excellent schools, full array of city services and more.

Learn more about this not-so-sleepy suburb…


“Cleveland’s Silicon Valley”

In the 1970s, Cleveland’s corporate sector needed additional office space outside of their downtown Cleveland offices. Due to its central location and convenience, developers created office spaces along the Rockside Road area, creating what was sometimes referred to as Cleveland’s Silicon Valley.  The hospitality industry responded to the increase of people in the area, with the creation of several hotels and numerous restaurants to satisfy demand.

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Some dining highlights in the Independence area include:  

A full restaurant and hospitality guide can be found here on the city’s website.


Family Friendly Fun

The city of Independence offers incredible recreation amenities for its residents, including a Civic Center with a fitness Indoor/Outdoor Pools and Elmwood Park, a forty-six-acre area in the center of the community. Elmwood features baseball diamonds, soccer fields, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, bocce courts, a Safety Town, picnic pavilions and playground areas.

A branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system provides an important learning resource for the community.

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Parks and recreation fans can look to a recently renovated Spins Bowl Independence, formerly Cloverleaf Lanes, and a proposed $30 million Topgolf entertainment center. Additionally, Independence’s close proximity to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath, and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad provides options for those looking to get outside.


Community Groups and Events — featuring the annual Home Days Celebration

Around 1912, women from Independence’s School Girls Club, a group of friends who attended Independence High School before 1900, held a high school reunion. That gathering would grow in the years to come and grow into what would be called Home Day. Now, residents and guests from other communities attend Independence Home Days to enjoy a kickoff parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, games, an abundance of delicious foods, fantastic prizes and fun for all ages.

One tradition carried on from the original Home Days is that prizes are given for the oldest and youngest person present, as well as for the one who had come the greatest distance. This year marks the 102nd celebration of this wonderful tradition. Home Days takes place the first weekend in August every year, so save the 2018 dates now!



Local nonprofit organizations include:

  • The Independence Art Guild: The Independence Art Guild was created twenty-five years ago by longtime resident and art advocate, Maryanna Vondriska. Its purpose: to provide people who had some interest or talents in the arts the opportunity to come together to share their talents while providing support for beginning artists.  (source)
  • The Independence Historical Society: Including more than 100 members, the Society is committed to one goal: to keep an accurate record of the city’s historical attributes from which current and future generations can learn by striving to establish a relationship between past and present. (source)
  • The Independence Garden Club: The Independence Garden Club was founded in 1933 and meets monthly with the objectives to preserve the environment, to conserve the natural resources, to stimulate a love of gardening, to further the knowledge and appreciation of birdlife, wildlife and plant life and to encourage civic beautification. (source)
  • The Kiwanis Club of Independence: This group is dedicated to serving the local community through various service and fundraising projects. The local club has been in service to the Independence community for more than 65 years.


Get to know the City of Independence better by following their Facebook and Twitter feeds.


Alicia Hansen
Alicia Hansen

Alicia Hansen is the writer behind the blog, Always Alicia (formerly Poise in Parma). In her professional life, Alicia is a marketing director & event professional. In her spare time, she teaches yoga around Northeast Ohio. She's the mama to a beautiful baby girl, wife to a rocket scientist and dog mom to two Golden Retrievers. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @aliciamhansen.