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.
 


LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THE 38TH ANNUAL KID’S DOG SHOW

The Garfield Heights Parks & Recreation Department will hold the 38th Annual Kid’s Dog
Show on Sunday, August 3, 2014  This years show will be held at 5411 Turney Road at 2:00 pm.
(in the melted ice skating rink) and emceed by Mr. Dick Goddard of Fox 8-TV &
Dr. Richard Thompson of the Family Pet Clinic, 5151 Turney Road.
All youngsters from 4 to 14 years of age may enter their pets in this annual fun filled event.

Applications are available at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, 5411 Turney Road, or at The Family Pet Clinic. 
There will be 6 categories in all with a limit of 10 dogs per category.  Get your applications in
early, so you don’t get shut-out of your 1st choice.


The categories this year are:  WAGGIEST WAGGIN’ TAIL, MOST ORIGINAL COSTUME, TERRIFIC TRICKS,
LEAST OBEDIENT, BEST KISSER AND  BEST LOOKING.

DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, JULY 24TH FOR ALL APPLICATIONS

It’s Fun – it’s Free – Just remember you must pre-register your pet in advance at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center.

For further information – call the Recreation Center @ 216-475-7272.
 

4th  ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY EVENT!

Join us at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center on Sunday, July 27 from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
for our 4th Annual Christmas in July pool party. 
This event is for residents only (non-residents with a season pass or ID card are welcome to join us) 

          The special reduced admission will be $3.00, 4 and under are free with a paying adult, for those residents
who do not have a recreation ID card or seasons pass, please bring proof of residency with you.

We will have Christmas Holiday Music mixed with current Pop - by Smooth Moves Entertainment on the
pool balcony from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, tickets are on sale now for the raffle,  we will have  many prizes from
gift coupons to big baskets, and even Indians tickets, get your tickets early – winners need not be present.
We will also have games, swim races, specials at our concession stand all day, and Santa Claus arriving
on his surfboard sometime around 3:00 pm.
There will be Holiday treat bags for all children 12 and under, while supplies last. 

Once again we have joined forces with the USMC “Toys for Tots” campaign.  Containers are
at the recreation center lobby, the civic center lobby, Curves, First Federal of Lakewood Bank and
at the Sherwin Williams store.  You can drop off new toys at any of these locations beginning June 20 through July 28th.  

Raffle tickets are on sale all week and on the Sunday – get your tickets early – winners need not be present.

 Come and celebrate this Christmas Holiday – in July! Bring a new toy and help a worthy cause – after all, its Christmas! 


Residents
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

Non-Residents
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.

 
Learn To Swim Classes - 2 sessions offered
Session 1 - July 7th - July 17th
Session 2 - July 21st - July 31st

The time slots are 12:00 noon or 7:15 pm class. Lessons are held Monday through Thursday, for the 2 week sessions. Deadline to register for Session 1 is Thursday, July 3, 2014 by 4:00 pm (due to the Holiday weekend) and deadline for Session 2 will be Friday, July 18th by 4:00 pm - no exceptions. Children must be 5 years of age to take the above lessons, birth certificate required at the time of registration. The Parks & Recreation Director reserves the right to cancel any classes with an enrollment of less than 6 participants however every attempt will be made to accommodate all participants by combining classes if necessary.

Fees for Learn to Swim
Residents - 8 lessons = $35.00 + $10.00 current ID card
Non-Residents - 8 lessons = $75.00 + $35.00 current ID card

 
Call 216-475-7272
Press option # 4 for weekly updates on open office hours
Press option #5 for weekly updates on special events
 
Mark your Calendar for these other Dates to Remember:

4th Annual "Christmas in July" will be held on Sunday, July 27th from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
We will have Holiday Christmas music played from our pool balcony from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, a visit from Santa via surfboard, swim races, contests & games for all ages. Come and join us for an afternoon full of "Christmas Summer Fun in the Sun!" This event will be for residents only for a reduced rate, proof of residency will be required for admission for this special event.
Check the link below on this page for the overview and details

38th Annual Kid's Dog Show will be held on Sunday, August 3rd at 2:00 pm in our arena at 5411 Turney Road.

Children age 4-14 can enter their family furry friend beginning in late June. Applications will be available at the recreation center or at the Family Pet Clinic at 5151 Turney Road. Deadline for all applications will be Tuesday, July 29th by 5:00 pm.
This event is sponsored by The Family Pet Clinic & Dr. Richard Thompson. Come and meet Fox 8 -TV - everyone's favorite weather man - Mr. Dick Goddard who is our Master of Ceremonies. It's Fun & it's Free! Don't get shut out - only 10 dogs per category allowed - so register early.
Check the link on this page for the overview and details

Even though our 2013-14 municipal hockey league just ended, we will start "Early Bird Registrations anytime beginning June 16th - September 10th for the convenience of registering during all open summer evening & weekend hours.
Check the Bulldog hockey web page for details and fee schedule.

 

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.

Programs


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.