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.
- Swimming Pool & 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/SWIMMING 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.
FITNESS PROGRAM OFFERED - 10 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 22, 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
2013 Practice Schedules:
2013 Game Schedules:
SOCCER - SEPT-OCTOBER
- Fall Soccer Registration Information
- Program Overview
- 2013 Practice Schedule
- 2013 Schedules:
- 2013 Standings
MUNICIPAL FIGURE SKATING (LESSONS & PUBLIC) - Mid-SEPT through Mid-APRIL
The Ice Skating Rink opens for the 2013 -14 season on September 14, 2013.
- 2013 Learn to Skate
- Walk On Ice Sessions
- 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!
- 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 2013 – 2014: 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 pictures on 2013's event, 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 2013's event, please click here. For info on 2013'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.