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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.

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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 to
bring 2 current utility bills, bank statements, pay stub for proof of residency, at the time of registration.
No exceptions.
Call 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 

Dan Kostel Recreation Center is located at 5411 Turney Road. This facility includes:

  • Public Swimming Pool/Summer Events - Pool Closed and Summer Events are cancelled! See below letter from the Mayor:

    COVID-19 Update from Mayor Vic Collova

      To ensure the safety of the residents of Garfield Heights, I want to assure everyone that myself, my staff, and our City Council members are committed to following all the guidelines set forth by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine during this pandemic crisis. We also are trying to maintain city services as well as possible under some very trying challenges while we try to protect the health of our community and our employees. Keeping safe is our highest priority.

      The Garfield Heights Civic Center has been closed to the public for the last five weeks and will continue to be closed until we get the "all clear" from State of Ohio officials.

      The Garfield Heights Service Department is staggering worker's shifts to maintain the proper social distancing as much as possible. Our clean up and grass cutting normally is done by a Court Community Service crew. Unfortunately the program has been temporarily suspended due to the court being closed. Therefore, we are working to tap into other options to maintain city properties including our outdoor recreation areas.

      The Dan Kostel Recreation Center will remain closed and all summer activities have been canceled. We hope to reopen for winter activities including ice skating lessons and hockey.

      Our whole world has been turned upside down during this pandemic, including the City of Garfield Heights. I assure everyone that our goal is to provide needed services for our residents, but I also plead for your patience. These are very challenging times.

      Mayor Vic Collova

  • Ice Skating Rink - (Ice skating season is from September - April)
    • 2020 HALLOWEEN & HARVEST EVENT: click here!
    • ICE RINK NOW OPEN - For our Ohio Re-Start - Re-Opening Guidelines for hockey, click here.  For figure skating, click here.
    • See Benny on the Today Show on Tuesday, December 4th at 9:00 am!
      To see Benny the at Garfield Heights Rec Center from on November 9, 2019: click here!
      Click here to see Benny at Garfield Heights Rec Center on Thursday, November 7th, lacing up the skates for practice.
    • 2019 Annual Skate with Santa: Click Here! To view photo’s from 2018: Click here.
    • Click here for photo’s of the installation of the new rooftop condensers.
    • The New Addition to the Garfield Hts. Recreation Center - 2017 Zamboni
    • To view pictures of events, scroll down to “Annual Events" section.

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 216-635-3304.


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

2019 School field trips: click here!
2018 School field trips: click here!

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Congrats to our own

13th place finish at the
held Jan. 15-24, 2016
in St. Paul Minnesota

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'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.