*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.

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 Parks & Recreation Director

 Paul Birk


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 Mary Nichols, Recreation Coordinator



Welcome to the City of Garfield Heights Parks & Recreation page. 

Garfield Heights is proud to offer a wide variety of programs for residents, as well as non-residents. 

Our staff of 3 full-time Maintenance Staff, a Recreation Coordinator, a Director (plus seasonal part-time personnel), maintain all programs, ice skating rink, swimming pool,  and 23 acres of recreation area. 

The City works with the Garfield Heights City School District and Cleveland Metroparks.


*Cranwood Baseball Field Update*

The Parks and Recreation Department is working to improve Cranwood Baseball Field, a municipally-owned recreational park that has not been utilized in more than a decade. The park has not been well-maintained, and as a result, there are safety issues to be addressed. Mayor Matt Burke has set a goal to restore this park and make it usable to Garfield Heights residents and businesses. Recently, staff from The Smart Academy has volunteered to assist with improvements. Parks and Recreation Director Paul Birk and the members of the city’s recreation board are working with the volunteers who have stepped to clean up the park premises.  This partnership will lead to an opportunity for the school to utilize the park for its student intramural sports program. Moving forward, the city’s plan is to continue to renovate the park and make it safe. Once renovation is complete and the safety issues are addressed, the recreation area will be available for use by “Permit Only” and there will be an established process for reserving the space. Mayor Burke said it will be a great place to have special events such as Family Reunions, Birthday Parties, Graduation Parties, etc.  For additional information about Cranwood Baseball Field and its future, contact Mayor Matt Burke or Parks and Recreation Director Paul Birk.



A Memorial Tree was planted at the front of the Recreation Center on August 2, 2021 as a lasting tribute in loving memory of Robert A. Dobies, Sr., a pillar to our community, and Recreation Director from 2010-2020.


Mayor Burke and Former Mayor Collova planting the Tree honoring Robert Dobies, Sr.


Thank you to everyone in attendance!


DAN KOSTEL RECREATION CENTER is located at 5411 Turney Road. This facility includes:



MUNICIPAL POOL OPENS SATURDAY, JUNE 12th @ 2:00 PM- click here for information

Lifeguards needed: Click here!  


ID card - $15.00 (allows entering pool for a reduced admission fee)
Season Passes - (no additional fees with seasons passes)
Student - $45.00 (age 5 - 17)
Adult - $55.00 (age 18 - 64)
Family Pass - $110.00 (2 parents 2 children)
Additional dependent children residing in the household - $10.00 each

ID card - $40.00
Season Passes - (no additional fees with seasons passes)
Student - $160.00 (age 5 - 17)
Adult - $190.00 (age 18 - 64)
Family Pass - $370.00 (2 parents 2 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 any programs. Birth certificates are required for all pass purchases and all registrations. Residents need tobring 2 current utility bills, bank statements, pay stub for proof of residency, at the time of registration.
No exceptions.


Pictured below are the children from Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) a College Prep Program

located at 9619 Garfield Boulevard in Garfield Heights


The kids had a fun day at the pool on June 30th


Opening date for this season – September 13th 

  • Open Ice Time Request sheet – fill out & email back form click here.

  • 2021 – Walk-on $10.00 Figure Skating Ice Schedule & Information click here.

  • Public Sessions, click here

  • Information on Hockey & Figure Skating lessons & programs, scroll down to Hockey & Municipal Skating sections on this page or call 216-475-7272 & press 0 for a team member to assist you.

  • Ice Skating Rink - (Ice Skating Season is from September - April )


  • 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.





    • Click here for more information

    • Registration forms are available at the Dan Kostel Recreation center, for your convenience.


          Some T-Ball Highlights from this season - these are the Indians, Coached by Rodney Stephens 



    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




    • New 2021-2022 Learn to Skate & Beginner Instructional Hockey on Saturdays, please click here

    • Our Learn to Skate Program details for ages 3 to Adult click here.

    • 2021 – Walk-on $10.00 Figure Skating Ice Schedule & Information click here.

    • Click here for the 52nd Ice Skating Show "Magical Moments on Ice". Click here to see pictures from 2021.

    HOCKEY - September through April

    • Interested in Playing Youth Hockey at the CSHL Level?

      As part of Mayor Matt Burke and Recreation Director Paul Birk's initiative to offer the residents of Garfield Heights Recreational opportunities through the Parks and Recreation Department, The City of Garfield Heights is proud to announce our new partnership with the Tri-County Youth Hockey Organization (aka Cyclones) to give everyone ample opportunity and quality ice time for the growth and development for our young hockey players in the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League.  From our beginner In-House Hockey/Learn to Skate program, which begins at age 3 and up on Saturday mornings to levels – Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam.

      Click here for information on registration

    • “Follow the Cyclones Youth Hockey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Kentcyclones/

    • New 2021-2022 Learn to Skate & Beginner Instructional Hockey on Saturdays, please click here

    • High School Hockey
      We are Home To 3 High Schools:

    • Garfield Heights Municipal Youth Hockey

      Garfield Heights Youth Hockey Mite Blue Team

      The Garfield Heights Mites Youth Hockey team has completed their 20-21 Season in the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League.

      This has been a very challenging year with the COVID protocols and guidelines, but once they got started, with the help of Coordinator, Jim Dirosa, Coach, Harry Reagan and Assistant Coach, Jess Iciek, they learned a lot and had a fun season and are looking forward to next season! All of the Bulldogs had their start at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center, in the Learn to Skate/Beginner hockey program held on Saturdays during the season. All skating lessons will resume again in September 2021.

      Pictured are the Mite Bulldogs: Aiden, Collin. Dominic, Evan, Kai, Kellen, Riley,
      and Thomas with Coach Harry & Assistant Coach Jess

      Garfield Heights Youth Hockey together with the Cyclones Hockey Club is offering and making youth hockey available to all ages and skill levels. See the tryout information above for details.

      • In-House beginner Hockey & Learn to Skate program:  Click here!



  • Inquiries for the Garfield Park Reservation Gazebo’s & Shelters – please call the Cleveland Metropark System at 216-635-3304.

Cranwood Park is located on East 131st Street. This facility includes:

Softball / baseball complex




Forestdale Park is located on East 131st Street and Forestdale Avenue. This facility includes:






Hy Court Playground is located at E.131ST & McCraken Rd. at the end of Silver Rd., north of I-480. This facility includes:


Open field and a wooded area

Community garden




Jack C. Donovan Park is located at Vista Avenue and Birchwood Avenue. This facility includes:

Playground area

3 Baseball fields




Frank J. Debelak Recreation Area is located on Granger Road just east of the Kostel Recreation Center. This outdoor recreation center includes:

Tennis courts


Skateboard park

Gazebo: Rentals available



Contact Us  ~ 216-475-7272

Press 1 –for hours of operation
Press 2 – for current program information
Press – 3 – coaches/referees reporting scores
Press 4 – to leave a general voice message & a team member
will return your call at our earliest convenience

Fax Number: 216-475-6686 








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).