Locally known as "The Emerald Necklace", the Metroparks is a wonderful system of parks that ring the greater Cleveland area and other areas of northern Ohio. Free and open to the public, they offer outdoor education, recreation, events and programs. I often visit to hike on a trail, sit on a bench next to a pond at sunset, have a picnic, or ride my bike.
In the past 6 days, two women have been attacked while taking a walk in two separate parks.
On May 6th a 43-year old woman was bludgeoned, raped, shot in the back and then stuffed in the trunk of her attacker's car. She will probably be paralyzed from the waist down.
On May 10th 52-year-old Chevonne Ecclestone was beaten in the head with a 15-pound rock. Doctors have removed part of her skull and have placed her in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on her brain.
City officials declared one of the incidents "isolated" and the parks "generally safe."
Generally. Unless violence happens to you - then the park quickly becomes very specifically unsafe.