With its one- and two-story homes built mostly during the housing boom between 1940 and 1960, Puritas Longmead is the ideal location for first-time homebuyers or those who want to simplify their lives with a smaller home. People grow up and stay in this neighborhood. That’s a strong reason why its community development corporation for this area is committed to helping to make senior housing, in particular, more user friendly.
Residents and visitors enjoy access to the largest reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks system, containing golf courses, stables, hiking trails and picnic shelters. With the addition of a brand new station house at the Puritas RTA Rapid Station in 2010, this Metropark will be the most bikeable gem in the Emerald Necklace. As a source of community building, the nine city parks host socials and festivals throughout the summer, including the annual Puritas Arts Festival in June. In September 2009, Gunning Recreation Center dedicated new football facilities at Gunning Field, thanks to the NFL's Grassroots Program. Gilmore Park re-opened its baseball diamond and shaded dugouts in time for the opening day of the West 130th Street Tri-League.
Four new Cleveland Public Schools — Robinson G. Jones (R.G. Jones), Artemus Ward, Garfield and Riverside elementary schools — all opened in 2009, catering to children from kindergarten through grade 8. That amounts to 1,775 new seats for area students. “We’re making an investment in our schools, and we’re hoping that our area will help result in bringing a positive reputation for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District,” says Bryan Gillooly, executive director of the Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation and he is proud of the fact his district is “the only area in Cleveland with a brand-new seat for every child attending a Cleveland Public School.”.
"It's a very friendly community...neighbors pulling up their sleeves, pitching in and helping out. It has a very friendly atmosphere, where it's a great place to raise kids."