REC / COMMUNITY CENTER

Welcome!

Please note: Thursdays are “Member and Resident Guest Only Day at the MHCC.” We trust that this provides these two groups with more time and space to swim, workout, play basketball and enjoy the Community Center! Resident guest passes are $5 for ages 3-59 and $4 for ages 60 and older. Children under 3 years of age are FREE.

From November 1 thru April 30, daily, non-resident guest passes  are $15 per person (for those 3 years of age & older). Guest passes may not be purchased on Thursdays as that is still resident & member ONLY day. From May 1 thru October 31, non-resident guest passes will be $10 per person.

Click on the “Rec. Dept. Activities and Events” block in the upper right hand corner of this page to get a calendar of events!

Winter has a few weeks to go and the Recreation Department and Community Center staff have for programs and  activities unique to this time of year. We invite you to check out our programs and activities on this site. No matter your age, gender, ethnicity, fitness level or favorite sport…..we have something for you!

Room Reservations for 2018 & 2019 (yes, that’s right….2019) are being accepted now by Karol Germany, our NEW Sales and Events Coordinator.  You can contact her at kgermany@middleburgheights.com. You can also call her at  440-234-2255 to book your date for your meeting, party, wedding, etc!

Click on February Heights Highlights which will provide you with up-to-date recreation department information.

When Berea City Schools are cancelled due to weather (or any other reason), the 9 am & 2 pm Water Exercise classes and all SilverSneaker exercise classes will be cancelled. A decision on evening classes/activities will be made by 2 pm that same day. By the way, the 2 pm SilverSneaker SilverSplash class only held during the school year, Monday thru Friday.

Sign-ups for Winter Kidszone activities are still being accepted. For fees and exact dates/times, click here on KidsZone Winter 2018 Activity Flyer, go to our web site or pick up forms in the lobby or Kidszone.

Registrations for Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues and our annual Mayor Gary Starr T-Ball Clinic will be held this month. Registration is open to children that reside in or attend public or private school located within the boundaries of the Berea City School District or have a current membership at the Middleburg Heights Community Center. For more information, contact Athletic Director, Kerry Kemp at 440-234-2255 or at kkemp@middleburgheights.com. Evaluations are in March and information will be included with registrations

Boys and Girls who played in our Youth Soccer programs in the Fall of 2017, do NOT need to sign up to play in the Spring of 2018. They will return to the same team and be contacted by late March. There are spots available for Clinic Soccer participants. New players ages 7-14 wishing to play in our Youth leagues who did not play last fall, will be placed on a waiting list once eligibility is confirmed.

Participants must reside in or attend a public or private school located within the boundaries of the BCSD or have a current membership at the MHCC.

Indoor Unified Bocce for our Adapted Recreation Program is accepting sign ups NOW. The activity takes place on Thursdays from 6-8 pm from Feb. 8-March 1 at the center. Individuals with developmental disabilities  team up with a partner without disabilities. The league is free. Sign-up at the front desk. Contact Sandy at sbalzer@middleburgheights.com for details.

The Community Center is committed to accommodating as many members and guests that space allows. At this time, we are experiencing heavier than normal usage of our main gym. As a result, we will not permit FULL COURT basketball games after 4 pm, Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday & Sunday. At the sole discretion of MHCC supervisors, full court games MAY BE permitted on a limited basis when there is lower demand for the main gym basketball hoops.

Applications 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 opportunities. You must be at least 16 yrs. old to apply.

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

rec4In 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

The 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:

  • 2017 First Place Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Award of  Excellence in the Special Populations category for the Adapted Swim Program.
  • 2016 Second Place Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Award of  Excellence in the Sports Programming category for the Family Fishing Day.