Recreation/Community Center


We've moved our calendar on this web site! Click on the "Monthly Calendar of Activities and Events" in the upper right hand corner of the Rec. Dept. pages to get that information!

Spring is officially here and our Recreation Department and Community Center is beginning to get excited about starting our outdoor activities! We are accepting and KidsZone Summer Clubs and Camp sign-ups this month. A limited number of tickets for our Spring "Royal Ball" on Sunday, April 13 from 5-7 pm, are still available. Plans are set for our Easter Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, April 19. Just a reminder that the center will be closed in observance of Easter on Sunday, April 20.

Feel free to "surf" this website for a calendar of upcoming events, descriptions on the many offerings we provide and a link to our facebook page which will allow you to stay up-to-date on recreation and city news.

Click here for Heights Highlights, (our monthly newsletter) which will provide you with up-to-date recreation department information.

Applications for the 2014 Little Miss and Miss Middleburg Hts. Pageant are available by clicking here. Girls going into grades 3 & 4 in the fall are eligible for the Little Miss category. Ladies going into grades 11 & 12 in the fall are eligible for the Miss category. There is NO FEE to enter. The pageant will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 3 pm at the community center.

The 2014 Senior Olympics will be held the week of May 19-23 in conjunction with the Senior Citizens resource Organization. Click here for a registration form and here for a schedule of events. The fee is $20 if you sign up here at the MHCC and includes a t-shirt, all the event fees and admission to the Victory Luncheon on Fri., May 23!

Appplications for employment are accepted year round but our peak season is in the summer months due to the need for lifeguards and staff to run our outdoor sports programs. Click here for all the information you will need to apply for employment opportunitites. You must be at least 16 yrs. old to apply.

The 26th annual Tom Nowak 5K Big Creek Run will be held on Sunday, May 11 (Mother's Day) at 9 am starting at the Community Center. The entry fee is $18 (pre-registered) and $25 (on race day). One mile walkers are welcome ($15/$18). Please help our food pantries and bring in non-perishable food items. The premier sponsor of the event is Phillips & Mille Co., L.P.A. Attorneys. go to or to register online. The event benefits the A.S.K. program, Boy Scouts Program Support, Jumior Achievement, Midd. Hts. Food Pantry, SCAN Hunger Center Pantry, Special Olympics and USO of Northern Ohio


Click here is a calendar of events for 2014  in case you need to make long range plans.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide people of all ages and ability the opportunity to participate in active and passive, individual and team, competitive and non-competitive programs. Through our community recreational and leisure activities, we strive to:

  1. Foster community spirit through friendship and teamwork.
  2. Teach the fundamentals of fitness, exercise and sport.
  3. Instill the concepts of pride, motivation and sportsmanship in all participants.

Our vision is to become a model for other recreation departments throughout Greater Cleveland and Ohio. We will do this by offering dynamic programs, using professionally certified instructors and providing progressive, state-of-the-art facilities, which will fully serve the needs of our citizens.

Our Award-Winning Facility

poolIn August 2001 the Middleburg Heights Community Center was featured in USA Today as one example of upscale facilities that are redefining the concept of community recreation centers.

This came as no surprise to residents. After all, the center had already been named Most Outstanding New Center by the Ohio Parks & Recreation Association a few months after its May 2000 opening.

Today the center continues to provide the best in public recreation facilities. It includes:

  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Saunas/Steam room
  • 4-lane indoor track
  • Basketball courts/Multipurpose gym
  • Aerobics room
  • Juice bar
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Banquet facilities
  • Meeting rooms
  • Central atrium and an open design
  • Kidszone

poolThe heated indoor pool features a pleasing free-form design with a lazy-current channel, bubble couch, vortex, hot tub/whirlpool spa, waterslide, and an area for lap swimming. A separate whirlpool, steam room and sauna are also available.

The heated outdoor pool includes a waterslide and a variety of other play features with areas no deeper than 3-1/2 ft. (perfect for little ones).

Our spacious fitness area has over 100 pieces of cardio, circuit training and free weight equipment. A four-lane, non-banked, 1/12 mile track offers a view of the pools, gymnasiums and casual activities area.

The casual activities area is a meeting place for everyone. With views to almost every activity area, it is the "hub" of the center. Features include a 60 ft. waterfall (which hides the elevator quite well), a grand staircase, and a skylight.

Award-Winning Excellence

Programming Awards 

In addition to receiving the "Most Outstanding New Center" award in 2000, the Recreation Center also received awards from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association for program innovation for the following:


Professional Awards 

In 2001, Recreation Director Carl Guarnieri was selected as the "Outstanding Professional" in Recreation in the State of Ohio by
the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.

Facility Awards

The Community Center has also won the following awards:

  • The "Golden Trowel" from the Masonry Institute in recognition of the "Community Center's Masonry Design and Construction."
  • The Builders Exchange presented the center with four awards for the following:
    • Skylights/Glass/Glazing and Curtain Walls
    • Masonry and Brick Walls
    • Stairs and Railing Systems
    • Specialty Flooring