Parks & Recreation
2016 Kids Dog Show
The 40th Annual Garfield Heights Kid's Dog Show was a howling success Sunday afternoon at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center arena. The popular event was emceed by Cleveland's own Mr. Dick Goddard, from FOX-8 TV, with the assistance of Dr. Richard Thompson of the Family Pet Clinic and Robert Dobies, Director of Parks and Recreation.
On this Special Day, Dick Goddard was presented with a Proclamation congratulating him on his 50+ years at Fox 8 TV, his many accomplishments, interesting biography, upcoming retirement, his 28 years with the Annual Kids Dog show, and most recently his unending persistence of "GODDARD'S LAW" passage due to his never ending love of all animals.
What was to be a one time appearance in 1988 at the City's Homeday's Festival, turned into 28 years of furry fun! There was never any doubt that Mr. Goddard loves to Emcee the Kid's Dog Show, nor that he equally loves the kids & dogs.
Due to His loyalty and dedication to our city's recreation department as Master of Ceremonies for our Annual Kids Dog Show, and all other accomplishments in his lifetime, Mayor Collova has Proclaimed that August 7th be Dick Goddard Day in the City of Garfield Heights!
Click here for the pictures from this year's event!
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
Dan Kostel Recreation Center is located at 5411 Turney Road. This facility includes:
Public Swimming Pool/2016 Summer Events
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.
- Click here for the 2016 Christmas in July flyer. To view 2016's event, please click here. Click here to view the results and photos!
- Click here for the 2016 Kids Dog Show flyer. To view 2016's event, please click here.
- Click here for 2016 Summer Events Newsletter!
- Click here for 2016 Swim Season overview!
- Click here for 2016 Learn to Swim Class Information!
Ice Skating Rink - (Ice skating season is from September - April)
Click here for ice rentals, group & organizations/fund raising information.
Parks and Amenities
- The city’s parks and amenities can be found here.
- Inquiries for the Garfield Park Reservation Gazebo’s & Shelters – please call the Cleveland Metropark System at 216-341-3152.
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
FUTSAL (INDOOR SOCCER) - FEBRUARY-MARCH
- 2016 Practice Schedule
- 2016 Final Standings
- 2016 Major Schedule
- 2016 Minor Schedule
- 2016 Pee Wee Schedule
T-BALL - APRIL-MAY-JUNE
The 2016 T-ball Season has come to an end & once again another successful season where all kids had fun, the weather cooperated and no rain outs. The players with their families will get to enjoy an Awards Day Family Pool Party at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center on Saturday, June 25th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
The National League Champs: The Marlins
Coached by Chris Galla, Assistant Coach - Carl Koenig
Marlins Champs: Madelynn Boehnlein, Isaac Brickman,
Virgil CIifton, Layla Galla, Gavin Koenig, Carly Kotecki,
Michaela Kotecki, Jeremiah Kreiger, Brandon Lumberger,
Nolan Lumberger, and Nicholas Wells
Sponsored by: Marymount Child Care
The American League Champs: The Angels
Coached by Michael Peters
Angels Champs: Chase Aniton, Greg Eder, Gino Fasone,
Justin Holmes, Xander Lukat, Autumn Muslusky,
Jeremiah Mynatt, Ella Peters, Kason Sams,
Derrick Warren, and Brooklyn Washumick
Sponsored by: The Rock Community Church
To view pictures from the T-ball Awards Swim party held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, please click here.
To view pictures from the T-ball Awards Swim party held on Saturday, June 27, 2015, please click here.
GIRLS SOFTBALL - MAY-JUNE
- 2016 Booster Club Information
Pool Party & Awards (Saturday, August 6, 2016)
2016 Practice Schedules:
2016 Game Schedules: 2016 All Stars:
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 Fields:
Bedford Glens Field
SOCCER - SEPT-OCTOBER
MUNICIPAL FIGURE SKATING (LESSONS & PUBLIC) - Mid-SEPT through Mid-APRIL
ˆ Click to watch ˆ
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
OWN KATIE MCBEATH
13TH PLACE FINISH AT THE
US PRUDENTIAL FIGURE SKATING
CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD JAN 15-24
IN ST. PAUL MINNESOTA
- 2016 Learn to Skate & Muny Information
- 2016 Learn to Skate - Registration
- Celebrate Skate Day
- Annual Ice Skating Show: To view 2016's event, please click here.
GARFIELD HEIGHTS FIGURE SKATING CLUB
- For additional information, please go to garfieldheights-fsc.com
HOCKEY - September through April
- In House Hockey
- Mens Adult Hockey League
- High School Hockey
Garfield Heights Municipal Youth Hockey
- Registration Flyer - Sign ups begin July 5, 2016
- For more program/Garfield Heights Youth Hockey Boosters information: www.ghbulldoghockey.com
- Gold Cup Tournament - November 25th, 2016 through November 27, 2016
- "Chuck Kurilko" Melt the Ice Tournament – February 17, 2017 through February 20, 2017
Ice time is for sale – all open dates must be confirmed at the Parks & Recreation Office at 216-475-7272.
GARFIELD HEIGHTS MUNICIPAL HOCKEY
CALLING ALL BALL PLAYERS! The Garfield Heights Boys Baseball League is currently taking sign ups for the 2016 season! Click here for this year’s app or stop at the recreation center to pick one up.
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 Recital: To view 2015's flyer, please click here. For more info on 2015's event, click here.
- Christmas in July: To view 2016's flyer, please click here. To view 2016's event, please click here. For more info on 2016's event, click here.
- Halloween Skate: To view 2015's flyer, please click here. To view 2015's event, please click here. For more info on 2015's event, click here.
- Holiday Skate with Santa: To view 2015's event, please click here. For more info on 2015's event, please click here. For info on 2015's event, click here.
- Kids Dog Show: To view 2016's event, please click here. For more info on 2016's event, click here.
- Residents Appreciation Day: To view pictures from this year's Dog Days of Summer Weekend, please click here.
- Cosmic Skate: To view 2015's event, please click here. For info regarding 2015's event, 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).
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 newsnet5.com'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!