The name of Fairview Park stems from its scenic location near the Cleveland Metropolitan Park. The first meeting of the Village Council was held on November 22, 1910, at the State Street School. The first ordinance appropriating funds for the operation of the new Village was passed January 5, 1911, and provided the sum of $590.00 for the first six months of 1911. At that time the Village of Fairview was primarily a rural area, the major industry was truck gardens and orchards.

On August 7, 1913, the Village Council authorized the purchase of a Town Hall site for the sum of $700. On October 2, 1913, the Village purchased $499 worth of lumber and hired laborers to erect a Town Hall. This structure was used until late 1967. A new municipal center was erected on the same site. It contains the administrative offices, safety-service facilities, including police and fire divisions, and a community room accommodating three hundred people.

In 1924 the Village purchased its first fire engine. This equipment was kept in a frame garage to the rear of the Town Hall until a Fire Station was constructed.

In 1948, in establishing its own post office and in order to avoid confusion with other towns of the same name, Fairview Village changed its name to Fairview Park. The Village became the City of Fairview Park in 1950 with an estimated population of 9,000.

In the mid-1950s it became evident that home rule with its greater flexibility was desirable and in November 1957, the voters elected a commission to frame a charter. The Charter for the City of Fairview Park was adopted effective January 1, 1959. The Charter called for a Mayor-Council plan designed to place responsibility for governmental policy with the City Council and administration on the Mayor.

In 1997 the new full-service library, located at 21255 Lorain Road, became a hub of community activity. Inside the contemporary building, the focal point of the spacious lobby is an impressive, open stairway offering access to all three levels. A unique collection of fine art work is exhibited throughout the building. The airy, bright modern bookstore ambience is complimented with places for quiet study, separate areas for adults, young adults and children, audio/visual and new title browsing areas. Computer terminals allow public access to information and the library's catalogue. A public meeting room that accommodates 170 people and can be divided to serve more that one group at a time invites organizations to use the library as a meeting place. Conveniences include restrooms on every level, an elevator and a drive-up book return. Visit the library soon to explore a world of opportunities and to find an exciting surprise around every corner.

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