*COVID-19 Updates* New COVID-19 CDC Guidelines will be effective on Monday, August 16, 2021 for the Civic Center and Rec Center as set forth in Mayor Matthew Burke's Announcement (which you can view on the News page as well as the Mayor's page).* We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike Dewine during this public health crisis.

Mayor Matt Burke

Special Announcements


From the office of Mayor Matt Burke:

  • Effective Monday, August 16, 2021 mask wearing is required by employees, seniors, council members and visitors to the Civic Center and Rec Center.

  • Thermal temperature taking is required upon entry to the same buildings.

  • All visitors to the Civic Center will continue to sign in upon entry to the building.

  • CDC guidelines will continue to dictate City of Garfield Heights COVID-19 policies.

In an abundance of caution and due to the Senior Center graduated reopening on Monday, August 16, 2021, wearing masks is required of employees, seniors, council members  and visitors to the Civic Center and Rec Center.

If visitors, employees, council members or seniors are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have a temperature at 100.4 degrees or higher, please see Human Resources immediately.  All COVID-19 directives are per CDC guidelines.

Strict adherence to mask wearing will be enforced.  Thank you.


Matthew A. Burke, Mayor

Flea Market

Garfield Heights will have an outdoor Community Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. The Historical Society Museum will have a sale of items and will be open for tours. Completed registration forms and payment should be returned to Pat Salemi, 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, 44125. For information, contact Pat Salemi at 216-475-1100, Ext. 2425 or psalemi@garfieldhts.org. For a registration form click here.

Master Plan

After celebrating its Centennial in 2019, the City of Garfield Heights is updating its Master Plan to guide the future of land use, transportation, economic development, and other key community topics through the next decade. Please click on the following link to fill out a survey, Click here.

Neighborhood News Article regarding City of Garfield Heights' Master Plan.  click here.


For McDonald's Grand Opening Information, please click here.

Take a look at the following links to see the before and after pictures of the new Turney Road McDonalds! Owners, John and Nancy House.

Original McDonalds    

New McDonalds


The Mayor's Report - June 22, 2021

To the Great Residents of Garfield Heights and all of our Community Partners

The past few months have been motivating as we begin some limited opportunities to gather together in person after a year of distancing. I assure you that throughout the pandemic, the business of the city has continued with staff in every department providing service to our residents and businesses. We have re-opened the building for essential business. Access to the building department is back to pre-pandemic hours of operation. All other departments require an appointment. Our beautiful swimming pool is now open for the season and learn-to-swim lessons are available at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, which is located in our Civic Center complex. I also encourage everyone to visit our municipal parks and playgrounds located throughout the city. We continue to provide transportation and meals for our seniors, but do not yet have a reopening date for the Senior Center. And, the monthly food pantry continues to operate.

The city’s administrative staff and I have been working with the Cuyahoga County Planning Department on a new Master Plan for Garfield Heights. We received a grant to have this work done. County Planning functions as a public sector-based consulting agency with extensive, multi-disciplinary experience in providing professional planning services to local governments. The Master Plan work involves looking at current conditions, outlining the communitys vision for how it wants to grow and develop, and the identification of specific goals and actions that our community can consider in order to accomplish the outlined vision. A community survey is being developed and I encourage as many people as possible to share their thoughts and ideas when it is available.

Our partners at Cleveland Metroparks are making improvements to Garfield Park Reservation, including a new, rentable pavilion and an upcoming water project that will include the restoration of the ponds located on the Broadway Avenue side of the park. The park system visions fishing, kayaking and boating at Garfield Park. A survey about water activities related to it and the upcoming project is available at City Hall, the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, the Garfield Heights Branch Library and at Garfield Park Reservation. More exciting details will be reported as Cleveland Metroparks rolls out this project.

I hope that you and your families stay safe throughout the summer and particularly as we begin to gather more in person. As always, you can call my office with your concerns about the city. Let’s all continue to work together and care about our neighbors and our community.



Welcome to Garfield Heights. Our caring community was founded in 1919 and over 100 years later, we have 28,849 residents, according to the 2010 United States census.

This urban suburb began as a rural, mostly farming community, part of both Newburgh and Independence townships. During that time, the area was home to a group of German immigrants who established a settlement called German Corners, now recognized with an Ohio Historical Marker on Turney Road

History records also indicate that President James A. Garfield visited our community as a child because his uncle lived on Turney Road. Garfield Park, now part of the Cleveland Metroparks system, was named after the late president. However, it was real estate developers who came up with the name Garfield Heights. The story is they wanted a more attractive name for an area once known as South Newburgh Center.

As the greater Cleveland area prospered, Garfield Heights became a place where people with a variety of immigrant histories, primarily Italians, Bohemians and Polish, came to raise their families. They established their own churches and schools and became active in creating a strong community. Our town continues to have a diverse population of people and we have numerous activities and programs that provide a strong and nurturing environment for residents of all ages.

Also important to Garfield Heights is our favorable business climate that continues to attract a mixture of industrial, commercial, retail and office developments. This successful union of residential and business interests has helped expand the number and scope of facilities, services and activities.

Our city is conveniently located in the center of Cuyahoga County, near the intersection of Interstates 480 and 77, within 15 minutes of downtown Cleveland and our region’s cultural, educational, and entertainment attractions. We also are only 15 minutes away from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Garfield Heights has a variety of religious and education options, a public library, quality recreation amenities, and numerous restaurant and shopping choices. Marymount Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic regional hospital, is located here.

Our city is a vibrant, full-service community and specific information about each department, as well as news items, can be accessed through links on this website. Please feel free to contact any member of my staff for assistance. 


Highland Park project in Garfield Heights lands two growing companies, Click here for Crains Cleveland article. May 7, 2021

New business moving to Garfield Heights
April 23, 2021

I am pleased to announce that a new business is moving into Garfield Heights.  JT Leonard Contractors purchased a building on Granger Road and will renovate the structure and move its business operations to Garfield Heights.

The building has been vacant for several years and JTL plans to invest $350,000 - $550,000 in the renovation.  The move provides the company the ability to grow its business and create new job opportunities in Garfield Heights.

The city encourages the development of real property and is offering incentives to assist the business in its endeavor.  The agreement will be presented at the next City Council meeting on April 26th (Ordinance No. 39-2021).

Mayor Matt Burke

9601 Granger Road

View from Granger Road looking South

News from Mayor Matt Burke

To the Great Residents of Garfield Heights and all of our Community Partners,

I would like to thank former Mayor Vic Collova for his dedication and love for our community. His efforts during his 11 years as mayor brought our city from financial despair to a position that, if managed properly, can grow and become the "place to be" in Northeast Ohio. In his last months in office, I had the opportunity to work closely with Mayor Collova to stay on top of the ever -growing opportunities we have. The goal of this administration is to leverage our position in Northeast Ohio in order to attract new business to our city. Let's look at what Garfield Heights has to offer. We are one of the only places left in Northeast Ohio that is centrally located with 180,000 vehicles traveling through our city, an asset important to businesses looking to manufacture or distribute their products. Certainly, partnering with Industrial Commercial Properties and other developers will prove to be a success and help us prosper as a city. I would love to someday offer more services and possibly build a new Justice Center. I will continue to work hard along with our Economic Development team to attract more business to our city.

I am excited to announce our newest business in Garfield Heights. Mpac-Switchback is a company that manufactures various containers such as beer cans, cereal boxes, pill bottles and more. They are bringing their corporate headquarters here to Garfield Heights and have signed a lease with ICP for 60,000 square-feet of space at the former Walmart building at Highland Park. If you haven't seen the former City View site recently, I would suggest taking a look at what ICP has done to that area. We look forward to welcoming more businesses to Highland Park in the months ahead.

The city also welcomed three new police officers. Sworn in during my first weeks as mayor, these three fine young officers were hired through lateral transfer and have law enforcement experience. They represent the diversity that we are looking for in our department. I have to commend Interim Police Chief Mark Kaye on his expertise in recruiting these talented individuals.

Just a reminder to all residents and business operators, please take some pride in our community and help keep your space clean. My office sometimes gets complaints about trash and debris being left on sidewalks and lawns as well as, commercial properties. I am asking that all residents take some time and help our city look clean and refreshed. Let's all help one another to define our city and its residents. Thank you in advance for always working to promote the city's image as a caring community.

Matt Burke Sworn in as new Mayor

Garfield Heights Mayor Matt Burke was sworn into office Monday, Feb. 1 by County Council President Pernel Jones, Jr. Burke is filling the unexpired term of Mayor Vic Collova, who retired. He previously was city council president and the Ward 6 council representative.

“I would like to thank outgoing Mayor Vic Collova for his dedication to the City of Garfield Heights and for the opportunity to transition from my position as council president to the mayor’s office. The city is stable and thriving due to Vic’s hard work during his nearly three terms as mayor,” Burke said at his swearing in ceremony, which was held on ZOOM and included few attendees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“As your mayor, I will serve with dignity, grace and care as we continue to navigate the pandemic and other issues and challenges facing our community. The administration’s diverse strengths will be utilized as we make decisions together that benefit and improve Garfield Heights.”

“I welcome constructive suggestions from the community and will stay positive in my role as leader. I plan to focus on relationship building and improvements and seek the support of city council, community members and my staff in this important effort,” Burke said.