Brook Park celebrates the 50th anniversary of the community center

BROOK PARK, Ohio — A lot has changed since the John A. Polonye Community Center opened in Brook Park 50 years ago, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is its ability to bring the community together .

The city marked the anniversary with a huge birthday bash on Saturday (September 17) that included food trucks, a beer garden, kid-friendly touch truck experiences, bouncy inflatables and a special rock concert. -‘n’-roll from AirChiefs to the new amphitheater.

Children rode big trucks and other city vehicles at the Brook Park Community Center’s 50th anniversary party. (Beth Mlady/special at

Polonye, ​​after whom the center is named, served as mayor from 1962 to 1972.

Mayor Ed Orcutt shared his thoughts as he walked through the crowd.

“This is a big event for the town of Brook Park,” Orcutt told “We are very excited to launch our next 50 years.”

Sips and Such food truck at Brook Park birthday party

Food trucks were just a few of the many amenities and special activities available for revelers at the community center’s 50th anniversary party. (Beth Mlady/special at

Brook Park Recreation Director Andres Gonzalez was also all smiles.

“We were one of the premier community centers in the area for a very long time,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve worked here since I was 14, and I still see some of the same people coming to the leisure center since I was 14.

“It’s more than a recreation center,” he added. “It’s a community center and I love it.”

Cute dog looks at food at Brook Park birthday party for community center

This cute dog couldn’t help but longingly watch his human enjoying the wonderful food from the food truck. (Beth Mlady/special at

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