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2016 Mayor's Trophy Winner
On April 16th & April 17th the Dan Kostel Recreation Center held its 48th Annual Ice Skating Show titled "Best of Broadway".

From our tiniest tots to our high school seniors and National medalist, costumes and decorations set the mood for the New York Theatre District right here in Garfield Heights. We once again had record breaking crowds that hopped on a cab to come to "our own Garfield Heights Theatre District!

A big thank you goes to High School Art Teacher Ms. Emily Garrett and her students for providing wonderful decorations and scenery for our show which made it come alive!

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 2016 Mayor's Trophy Winner. This year Rachel Sutor was awarded this prestigious award. Rachel has been skating for 9 years and this was the 8th ice show she participated in. She has been competing for 4 years locally and this past season qualified for Showcase Nationals.

Rachel is a junior at Nordonia High School, and very active not only in figure skating, but on the Nordonia High School Lancer Marching Band on saxophone and in the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony on bassoon.

Congratulations & Thanks to everyone for another successful show!

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.
No exceptions.
Call 216-475-7272
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
Fax Number: 216-475-6686 

Dan Kostel Recreation Center is located at 5411 Turney Road. This facility includes:

  • Public swimming pool - Pool scheduled to open Saturday, June 11th – Click here for hours in May – all other info will be posted soon!
    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) 
    Click here for ice rentals, group & organizations/fund raising information.
    Click here for March's public sessions.
    Click here for "Showdown at the Dan" (March 19).
    Click here for "Easter/St. Pat’s Residents Day Event" (March 19).

Parks and Amenities

  • The city’s parks and amenities can be found 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).


School Field Trips

Click here for 2015's (and previous years) field trip information.

Garfield Heights Figure Skater Katie McBeath with Coach Sally Tasca. McBeath recently won first place at the Eastern Sectional Championship and is hoping to qualify for the 2105 U.S. National Championship.

Garfield Heights Figure Skater Earns Recognition
Could Compete in 2015 U.S. National Championship

Garfield Heights Figure Skater Katie McBeath is the first local skater to advance to the United States Junior Figure Skating Championships and has now won a silver medal in the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championship and the North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Senior Ladies Championship. The skater has advanced to the Eastern Sectional Championship in the hopes of qualifying for the 2015 U.S. National Championship.

Katie began skating at age six in the Garfield Heights Learn-to-Skate Program and now serves as a coach and teaches private skating lessons at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center and in other communities. She has performed in numerous Garfield Heights ice shows and is a former Mayor’s Trophy and Betty Bosell Outstanding Skater Award winner. She competes nationally, and is a four-time regional medalist and two-time sectional competitor. Katie began training with former Garfield Heights coach Samantha Goliet and is now training with Sally Tasca and Jacqueline Henry.

She is a 2013 Honors Graduate of Ohio Virtual Academy and is majoring in psychology at Cuyahoga Community College. She hopes to one day earn a Doctorate in child psychology. She is a volunteer at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Case Medical Center.

Katie is the daughter of Decino and Diana McBeath and has one sister, Annie.

To view the article from's website, please click here.

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!