LakewoodAlive To Host Day Of Festivities In Historic Birdtown On June 15

It’s a celebration of all things Birdtown and you’re invited to partake in the fun.

LakewoodAlive will host the 5th Annual Birdtown Picnic and 3rd Annual “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Park. Sponsored by the City of Lakewood, Citizens Bank and First Federal Lakewood, this community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

The fun-filled day kicks off with the “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field in Madison Park. This friendly game will feature Lakewood community leaders, residents and business owners – including many representing the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood – participating in a seven-inning matchup that pits Team Lark against Team Robin. Spectators are encouraged to attend this free event and cheer on their favorite players.

Festivities continue with a free community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madison Park Pavilion next to the baseball diamond. Birdtown residents and fellow community members are invited to visit with their neighbors while enjoying complimentary refreshments and games. A variety of community resources will be made available to residents in attendance. 

Birdtown, a proud, working-class Lakewood neighborhood, is steeped in history and dates to the late 19th century. The name is believed to have been derived from the various streets within the neighborhood named after indigenous bird species. 

“We are excited to once again offer a community picnic and softball game in celebration of one of our city’s beloved neighborhoods,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing & Internal Operations Director. “It’s a prime example of how we are committed to our ongoing mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods here in Lakewood.”

Through community outreach and engagement initiatives aimed at residents in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program seeks to cultivate a heightened sense of pride and ownership. To learn more regarding this program, contact LakewoodAlive at 216-521-0655 or visit   

Matt Bixenstine

I am the Marketing & Development Manager for LakewoodAlive. I enjoy all things Lakewood, especially walking my basset hound through Madison Park.

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