Strongsville, OH


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Strongsville is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 44,750 as of the 2010 Census. The current mayor, Thomas Perciak, was elected in November 2003 following the death of longtime mayor Walter F. Ehrnfelt on May 25, 2003. The city's nickname is 'Crossroads of the Nation,' as this is where the Ohio Turnpike and Interstate 71 intersect.[citation needed] The Strongsville Recreation Center and Senior Center have been named after Walter F. Ehrnfelt. In March 2010, President Barack Obama spoke at the Rec Center to promote the health care reform bill then before Congress.
Strongsville is located at 41°18′46″N 81°49′55″W / 41.31278°N 81.83194°W / 41.31278; -81.83194 (41.312752, -81.831976).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.6 square miles (63.8 km²), of which, 24.6 square miles (63.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04% is water. The east branch of the Rocky River enters Strongsville from North Royalton and exits into Berea. Valley Parkway parallels the river's northwesterly course. This portion of the Cleveland Metroparks, named Mill Stream Run, includes Bonnie Park. Abutting the Rocky River, the recreation area offers visitors a pavilion, picnicking facilities, two small ponds, and several sport fields. Bonnie Park serves as a hub for hiking, bridle, and paved multi-purpose trails.