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.
Dan Kostel Recreation Center is located at 5411 Turney Road. This facility includes:
Public swimming pool
Swimming pool hours are 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. daily (weather permitting). 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.
For General Information regarding the Swimming Season, please click here
- Ice Skating Rink - (Ice skating season is from September - April). More information can be found below.
RECREATION IDENTIFICATION FEES:
ADMISSION WITH I.D. CARD
SKATING SEASON PASS
We accept cash, checks, credit or debit cards.
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.
SAFETY TOWN REGISTRATION - May 20-June 10.
A Birth Certificate, Two Proofs of Residency and Payment are Required at Registration. Click Here for Details.
FITNESS PROGRAM OFFERED - 10 week Sessions Year round
FUTSAL (INDOOR SOCCER) - FEBRUARY-MARCH
- 2013 Schedule
- 2013 Final Standings
- 2013 Major Schedule
- 2013 Minor Schedule
- 2013 Pee Wee Schedule
T-BALL - APRIL-MAY-JUNE
GIRLS SOFTBALL - MAY-JUNE
2013 Practice Schedules:
2013 Game Schedules:
SOCCER - SEPT-OCTOBER
- Fall Soccer Registration Information
- Program Overview
- 2012 Practice Schedule
- 2012 Schedules:
- 2012 Standings
MUNICIPAL FIGURE SKATING (LESSONS & PUBLIC) - Mid-SEPT through Mid-APRIL
The Ice Skating Rink opens September 15, 2012.
- 2012 Learn to Skate
- Celebrate Skate Day
- 18th Annual Christmas Recital
- Annual Ice Skating Show: Click here to view the 45th Annual Ice Show “Adventures in Space”.
- Syncrhonized skating - NEW THIS YEAR!
- Special Events
GARFIELD HEIGHTS FIGURE SKATING CLUB
For additional information, please go to ghfsc.org
- Rising Stars Competition
HOCKEY - Mid-SEPTMBER through Mid-APRIL
- In House Hockey
- Mens Adult Hockey League
- Bulldog Hockey 2012: 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 2013's event, please click here. For info on 2012's event, click here.
- Kids Dog Show: To view 2013's event, please click here. For info on 2012's event, click here.
- Halloween Skate
- Holiday Skate with Santa: To view 2012's event, please click here. For more information, 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).
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.