Parks & Recreation
Welcome to the City of Garfield Heights Parks & Recreation page. Garfield Heights is proud to offer a wide variety of programs for residents. Our staff of 3 full-time Maintenance Staff and an Administrative Assistant (plus seasonal part-time personnel) maintains all programs and 23 acres of recreation area. The city works with the Garfield Heights City School District and Cleveland Metroparks.
ID card - $10.00 (allows entering pool for a reduced admission fee)
Season Passes - (no additional fees with seasons passes)
Student - $30.00 (age 5 - 17)
Adult - $45.00 (age 18 - 59)
Family Pass - $90.00 (2 parents 4 children)
Additional dependent children residing in the household - $10.00 each
ID card - $35.00
Season Passes - (no additional fees with seasons passes)
Student - $150.00 (age 5 - 17)
Adult - $180.00 (age 18 - 59)
Family Pass - $360.00 (2 parents 4 children)
Additional dependent children in the residing in the household - $10.00 each
Only a parent or legal guardian can purchase Passes, ID cards and register children for Learn to swim classes.
Birth certificates are required for all pass purchases and all registrations. Residents need to
bring 2 current utility bills, bank statements, pay stub for proof of residency, at the time of registration.
At any time during the recording you can press 0 to speak to a team member or:
Press option #1 for hours of operation
Press option #2 for current & upcoming activities
Press option # 3 - score reporting line
Press # 4 - for the Parks & Recreation Director
Press #5 - for the Administrative Assistant
Fall and Winter Season 2014-2015
Our swimming season will end this year on Saturday, August 23rd after the pool session ends. The open office hours will be limited from August 25th - September 13th. Our hours of operation will be 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday during this time while we prep our ice rink and get ready for the fall and winter season.
Our ice rink is tentatively scheduled to open this year on Saturday, September 13th with our municipal hockey practices. Our skating season will conclude on April 20, 2015 after our 47th Annual Ice Skating Show. Our ice rink is 185'x85' and is home to our own municipal hockey and figure skating programs, 3 area high school hockey teams including Garfield Heights High School, many club ice rentals, private rentals and several hockey tournaments during the season. We also can customize birthday skating parties, PTA group rentals at reduced group rates, or any other activity requiring ice time. We offer several annual events for residents such as the Halloween Skate, Tree Lighting Holiday Skate, Skate with Santa and our Ice Show along with public skating sessions throughout the season. Ice rentals are available by calling to secure a permit with the Parks & Recreation Director (line #4). Our ice schedules change weekly and we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.
We also have Fall outdoor Soccer, Futsal (indoor soccer), and Winter Fitness sessions.
All fall and winter registrations begin on Monday, August 4th with different deadlines depending on the program, avoid late fees and register by deadlines.
Scroll down to specific links for all details on all activities:
- Soccer registration is for 5-14 year olds. Registration is between August 4th and September 13th.
- Learn to Skate & Muni figure skating – Registration begins August 4th.
- The deadline for Learn to Skate Session 1 is Monday, September 15th.
- Registration for Muni figure skating begins August 4th and is on going throughout the season, you can register your child at anytime for different sessions. Check the link below for all details.
- Adult Fall Fitness Classes are a 12 week session. Registration is between August 4th and August 29th.
- Travel Hockey – Registration is between June 16th and September 10th.
- In-House Hockey – Two 9-week Sessions: Session 1: begins October 4th. The deadline to register October 3rd. Session 2 begins December 20th. The deadline to register is December 19th. The free trial/orientation day for session 1 is September 27th.
- Celebrate Skate Day – Sunday, September 14th from 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm. FREE! Admission & skate rental. This event is limited to the first 200 patrons. Bring your own skates if you have them quantities are limited. Come and meet our instructors, have a mini lesson and help us kick off our opening season.
Dan Kostel Recreation Center is located at 5411 Turney Road. This facility includes:
Public swimming pool
The Swimming Pool is open daily from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm weather permitting and is also heated, so the water temperature is at a comfortable 80 degrees. Note that on the days the pool closes early due to bad weather, the office also closes. For more information on the swimming pool, please click here. For more information on the Gazebo, please click here.
- Ice Skating Rink - (Ice skating season is from September - April). More information can be found below.
Parks and Amenities
- The city’s parks and amenities can be found here.
Some programs are seasonal.
Click on any of the activities below and you will find program descriptions, tentative sign-up dates, participation dates and fees.
FITNESS PROGRAM OFFERED - 12 week Sessions Year round
FUTSAL (INDOOR SOCCER) - FEBRUARY-MARCH
- 2014 Schedule
- 2014 Final Standings
- 2014 Major Schedule
- 2014 Minor Schedule
- 2014 Pee Wee Schedule
T-BALL - APRIL-MAY-JUNE
Please look at the "2014 Standings" below.
To view pictures from the T-ball Awards Swim party held on Saturday, June 21, please click here.
- T-Ball overview
- 2014 Practice Schedule
- 2014 American League Game Schedule
- 2014 National League Game Schedule
- 2014 Standings
GIRLS SOFTBALL - MAY-JUNE
2014 Practice Schedules:
2014 Game Schedules:
Directions to Garfield Heights Fields:
Garfield Hts “A” & “B” Fields
Garfield Hts “C” (Konet) & Colt Fields
William Foster Field
Cranwood Ball Fields
Jack C Donovan Park Fields
Directions to Bedford Heights Fields:
Bedford Glens Field
SOCCER - SEPT-OCTOBER
MUNICIPAL FIGURE SKATING (LESSONS & PUBLIC) - Mid-SEPT through Mid-APRIL
The Ice Skating Rink opens for the 2013 -14 season on September 14, 2013.
- 2014 Learn to Skate
- 2014 Learn to Skate - Registration
- Walk On Ice Sessions
- Celebrate Skate Day
- 18th Annual Christmas Recital
- Annual Ice Skating Show: Click here to view the 46th Annual Ice Show “Skate A Dream”.
- Syncrhonized skating - NEW THIS YEAR!
- 50's Fall Fest: For pictures on 2013's event, click here.
- Special Events
GARFIELD HEIGHTS FIGURE SKATING CLUB
- Rising Stars Competition
HOCKEY - Mid-SEPTMBER through Mid-APRIL
- In House Hockey
- Mens Adult Hockey League
- Bulldog Hockey 2014-2015: Additional information on sign-ups: www.ghbulldoghockey.com
- Garfield Heights Hockey Booster Club
- Gold Cup Tournament - November
- Melt the Ice Tournament - February
- Spring Hockey - Mid-March through Mid-April Ice time is for sale – all open dates must be confirmed at the Parks & Recreation Office at 216-475-7272.
GARFIELD HEIGHTS LITTLE LEAGUE WEB-PAGE SIGNUP INFORMATION
GHLL has been an independent association since 1952.
The city has coordinated with GHLL to insure that there are recreation activities for our children.
GARFIELD HEIGHTS YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE (GHYFL) is an Independent Organization which provides our youth opportunities to participate in organized Flag and Tackle programs.
For more information, please click here: www.garfieldheightsyouthfootball.com.
- Christmas in July: To view 2014's event, please click here. For more information, click here.
- Halloween Skate: To view 2013's event, please click here. For more information, click here.
- Holiday Skate with Santa: To view 2012's event, please click here. For info on 2013's event, click here.
- Kids Dog Show: To view 2014's event, please click here. For info on 2014's event, click here.
- Residents Appreciation Day: To view pictures from this year's Dog Days of Summer Weekend, please click here.
If you have any questions you may contact the Recreation Department during office hours at 216-475-7272, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (hours may fluctuate due to seasonal, holiday & weekend schedules).
Elmwood Students Rewarded with Skating Party
Students in the Elmwood Elementary School PAWS program recently enjoyed a skating party at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center as a reward for being prompt, prepared, accepting responsibility, working hard and showing respect. The PAWS program was created to recognize positive efforts of students.
“All of the youngsters are congratulated for working so hard to achieve success,” said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Dobies. “In addition to rewarding the students’ efforts, what made the experience unique was that a number of them were exposed to the ice skating experience at the recreation department rink for the first time. Their lives were broadened by the simplicity of a fun day at the city’s recreation center.”
“It is important that children experience a variety of educational and recreational opportunities that lead to the development of positive character traits,” Dobies said. “Thank you to the staff and PTA volunteers for coordinating such a positive experience for the students. We appreciate them choosing the Garfield Heights Recreation Center for the PAWS Awards Fun Day.”
For information or to schedule a special event at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, call 216-475-7272.
2013 Recreation Renovation Project Funded with Federal Grant
Funding from the 2013 Community Development Block Grant program allowed the city to complete a Recreation Renovation Project. “We are pleased to be able to offer healthy living activities for our families and improve the places where children can play,” said Recreation Director Bob Dobies.
Playgrounds were improved at Crudele, Forestdale and Debelak parks and the children’s play area at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center swimming pool. Contractor David Williams and Associates, Inc. installed the new playground equipment and surfaces. The CDBG program is implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding is given to each state and, in Ohio, divided among 88 counties. Garfield Heights’ 2013 application was approved by the Cuyahoga County Department of Development.
In 2012, the city received a $150,000 CDBG grant to develop a multi-purpose trail along McCracken Road from Lee to Broadway. The 2014 application recently submitted is for a Healthy Neighborhood Dry Basement project to install backflow devices to prevent flooding. The city is waiting for a decision from the county regarding the application.
Important Lessons Learned at Garfield Heights Safety Town
Local children learned pedestrian, fire, bus and bicycle safety lessons during a one-week Safety Town session at Garfield Heights Middle School where a mini town with lined streets and sidewalks was built.
The valuable program had been shelved due to budget cuts, but brought back this summer. Coordinated by Patrolman James Seawright and teacher Emily Garrett, the sessions are taught by volunteer student instructors and safety professionals. This year’s volunteers are Bailey Green, Ashley Mikolay and Tawoun Nay.
The program is for children ages five and six. Students learn how to call for help in an emergency, stranger danger, basic safety tips, and more. Visitors include the fire department, the police K-9 unit and a school bus driver.
On graduation day, each child receives a T-shirt and a certificate of completion. The 2013 graduates are Elizabeth Chokan, Jack Henderson, Lily Nichols, Joseph Piela, AJ Santangelo, Alayna Cancilliere, Cameron Huggins, Nicholas Frisco, Macgowan Rott, Dominic Schiavone, Jordan Wade, Mylee Wright and Maya Yelenosky.
Garfield Heights "Hop On In" Event Held on March 16th
Mayor Vic Collova and Parks & Recreation Director Robert Dobies, would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended this unique event, an Easter Day & St. Patrick's Day event all in one, coordinated by recreation department employee Mary Nichols, with the help of staff members Nikki Majka, and Carol Schillero. The event, which featured visits by the Easter Bunny and Irish Bagpipers Tim Reed, Sr. and Tim Reed Jr. dressed in full Irish attire, was a huge success with record-breaking attendance.
Residents enjoyed ice skating to appropriate holiday music in the rink, face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny and the Irish bagpipers. There were many "very lucky" adults and children who were recipients of the many prizes donated by event supporters. As they exited the recreation center, all children received "bagged" candy; and the adults received special gifts from Mayor Vic and Mrs. Jeannie Collova and Parks and Recreation Director Robert Dobies.
This special event was made possible because of overwhelming response from the many local Garfield Heights contributors willing to offer so many donations. On behalf of the residents who enjoyed the event, appreciation is extended to Applebee's, Burger King, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Mayor and Mrs. Vic Collova, Robert Dobies, First Federal of Lakewood bank, GameStop, Garfield Heights Police Department, Mrs. Elsie Gerlicka, Joseph Suster - Councilman Ward 5, Mike Nenadovich - Councilman Ward 3, Mr. Hero, Odyssey Salon, Papa Johns Pizza, Planet Fitness, Playmakers Bar & Grille, Ricco's Salon, Stormin' Norman's Car Wash, Tom Vaughn-Councilman Ward 7, Turney Wireless, and Wendy's. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our "Friendly Neighbors" who also took the chance and "hopped" right in to donate some very nice prizes to make this event so huge! Thank you to Advance Vending Company, Cinemark USA, Chick-fil-A, The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Ethereal Salon, the Lake Erie Monsters, the Lorain Novelty Company, and Novak's Flower Shoppe. Please patronize our supporters whenever possible and let them know how appreciated they are for their generosity.
We would also like to thank the many volunteers who offered their time and talent including teachers Emily Garrett and Patricia Frame along with the Art Department students from Garfield Heights High School for beautifying the recreation center windows with their talented paintings, Bert Dobies, Lisa Schmidt, Pat Salemi, Marilyn Spirakus, Rob Piros, Alexa Bishop and Tim Reed, along with all the recreation department employees who dressed festively as "bunnies" or "leprechauns."
Thanks to everyone who attended and to our generous sponsors, for letting us bring back an Easter Egg hunt with a new and different twist, and one of our newer more recent events, a Residents Appreciation Day.
Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
Lake Erie Monsters Event Draws a Big Crowd
Nearly 400 area hockey enthusiasts showed up for a special event featuring the Lake Erie Monsters at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center in Garfield Heights.
"The place was bustling with hockey fever," said Recreation Director Robert Dobies.
The professional hockey team practiced at the municipal ice rink and then participants had the chance to skate with the Monsters players and their team mascot "Sully." The event also included the chance for autographs and photos.
"This was a great special event where young fans and their parents had the chance to get an up close look at a professional team at work. A big thank you goes out the Lake Erie Monsters organization."
"We were thrilled with the attendance and excitement and certainly plan to do it again next year," Dobies said.