Dwayne Browder Field

Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland (Ward 5); Cleveland Browns President Alec Scheiner; and City of Cleveland Director of Public Works Michael E. Cox for brief remarks at the ceremony to celebrate the renovations for the Dwayne Browder Field located on East 46th Street in Cleveland. In 2013, the Lonnie Burten Recreation Field was renamed the Dwayne Browder Field to honor longtime Cleveland Muny Football League coach and community leader, Dwayne Browder.

Mr. Browder was honored for his decades of social activism and community service. Mr. Browder has served as coordinator for the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the Lonnie Burten Muny Football Organization for over twenty years.  He also worked with the CMHA to establish programs for substance abuse, employment, entrepreneurship, and child safety. Mr. Browder is an active leader in his community and has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all Ward 5 residents.

The Dwayne Browder Field remains an important asset to Cleveland’s Central neighborhood and will serve as a focal point for youth sports in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, the home field for the Cleveland MUNY Football League’s Phil Cullum Renegades and the East Technical High School Scarabs.  In addition, the sustainable renovated field will also benefit neighborhood residents who utilize the field for exercise and other neighborhood programs.

The new upgrade will extend this year’s football season and usage of the field, which included increasing the football field to full size by replacing the natural grass turf to a state-of-the-art synthetic turf. A new sport lighting system will also be installed.  The renovation was a collaborative effort between the City of Cleveland, who funded the balance from General Obligation Bonds; Burten Bell Carr Community Development Corporation; First Energy; and, the Cleveland Browns, who provided a $200,000 grant through the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program.  

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