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Middleburg Heights Community Center Outdoor Pool and Fitness Classes Return!

Mayor Castelli, Middleburg Heights City Council, and the Middleburg Heights Recreation Department are pleased to announce additional facilities and offerings at the Middleburg Heights Community Center. Beginning Wednesday, June 10, 2020 the Outdoor Pool will open for members only (no resident or non-resident guest passes), with capacity limits and within state health department guidelines. The Indoor Pool will remain closed as work on our natatorium improvements begins and will continue through November.

On Monday, June 15, 2020 the Community Center will resume Silver Sneakers and adult fitness classes, with capacity limits and within state approved guidelines. Below is more specific information on each of these offerings. Please be understanding and be patient as the Middleburg Heights Community Center navigates through these changing guidelines. These are temporary restrictions and they will be eased in accordance with county and state direction.

On June 10, when the Outdoor Pool reopens, you will notice significant changes to its operation and layout. The slide, dump buckets, and cannons will be operational. Unfortunately, due to Ohio Department of Health guidelines, the train slide, floating animals, and lily pads will not be available. In an effort to promote social distancing, the use of private pool toys, such as balls, diving rings, and more are prohibited. The pool deck has been marked, designating specific household areas (pods) to assist with our social distancing requirements. A concrete picnic table is provided in most of these areas / pods. Deck chairs or chaise lounge chairs will not be available this summer due to sanitization requirements. While private folding chairs and lounges are permitted, deck space is extremely limited and may not accommodate that furniture. For specific Outdoor Pool policies and procedures, please visit https://middleburgheights.com/aquatics/ and select Outdoor Pool Swim Block Rules from the red drop down menu.

State guidelines require us to limit the capacity of the Outdoor Pool and deck to 50 members appropriately socially distanced at any given time. To provide the maximum number of members the opportunity to enjoy the pool, a free reservation system has been created. Free reservation will be required for a two hour Swim Block. This free Swim Block reservation guarantees your access to the outdoor pool during the reserved times (excluding weather, operational, and maintenance issues) and a designated area for your household use. A 30 minute period has been provided between each Swim Block to allow Community Center team members the opportunity to clean and sanitize between users. During this time period, all members and their belongings will be required to exit the Outdoor Pool area. Swim Block reservation times are as follows, and may be subject to change:

Swim Block Times

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2:30 pm –

4:30 pm

1:30 pm –

3:30 pm

2:30 pm –

4:30 pm

1:30 pm –

3:30 pm

2:30 pm –

4:30 pm

2:30 pm –

4:30 pm

2:30 pm –

4:30 pm

5:00 pm –

7:00 pm

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 5:00 pm –

7:00 pm

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 5:00 pm –

7:00 pm

5:00 pm –

7:00 pm

5:00 pm –

7:00 pm

 

All reservations will be done online at:

https://middleburgheights.recdesk.com/Community/Program?category=18

Reservations will be accepted beginning at noon the day prior to your desired Swim Block. Outdoor Pool use is reserved for members only and no resident nor non-resident daily guest passes will be available. The Middleburg Heights Recreation Department strongly suggests that members create their online profile before attempting to reserve any Swim Block. If you have not previously created your account, please email mhrecdept@middleburgheights.com.

The Community Center will also resume Silver Sneakers and adult fitness classes on Monday, June 15, 2020.  Only Community Center members with the Silver Sneakers benefit can attend Silver Sneakers classes.  State health department guidelines require limiting class capacity to 13 members. The Community Center team will require approximately 30 minutes between each class to clean and sanitize the Aerobics Room. During that time all members are required to leave the Aerobics Room and take their belongings with them. The Community Center requests that Silver Sneakers Community Center members limit the number of classes to one per day.  Updated class offerings and times will be posted in the Community Center and at: https://middleburgheights.com/senior-services/.

Adult fitness classes will also resume the same day. All fitness class participants are required to sign the daily waiver log upon entering the Community Center, prior to each class. Please provide ample time to complete any waiver or log. The Aerobics Room will be limited to 13 participants and the Gym will be limited to 25 participants for fitness classes. All state guidelines and social distancing requirements will remain in effect. The Community Center team will require approximately 30 minutes between each class to clean and sanitize. During that time all participants are required to leave the gym and take their belongings with them. Participants should contact the class instructor to determine any required equipment.  Updated class offerings and times will be posted in the Community Center and at: https://middleburgheights.com/programs-classes/.

For more specific information on Community Center restrictions and limitations please click here or call (440) 234-2255, with any questions.

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The Middleburg Heights Recreation Department has made the very difficult decision to cancel Recreational Baseball, Softball and Clinic T-ball for the summer of 2020. This decision was made collectively with neighboring Berea and Brook Park. A letter detailing the decision-making process can be found by clicking here. This letter along with our plan on handling the fee paid by our participants is being sent to all participant families.

The factors that lead to our decision include but are not limited to discussions with our local umpire organization, coaches, staff members and communication with surrounding community and national programs. In addition to these discussions, our parent survey indicated that nearly half desired to not have their children play this summer.

There were many contributing factors that lead to the decision and at the top of the list was being able to consistently provide a safe and healthy environment over the course of the season for ALL participants, including our players, their families and friends, the umpires and our staff while adhering to the Responsible Restart Ohio Guidelines outlined by the state.

Our fields will be open and we are working on alternative activities that will be provided to give our players the chance to get out on the fields, take some swings, make some throws, run the bases, play catch, etc. all within the state guidelines. These limited activities will be age specific and much easier to administer and monitor than a full season of games across multiple days, times, and sites. We will share the specific details for these events as they are finalized.

Questions should be directed to Kerry Kemp, Athletic Director at (440) 234-2255 or by email at kkemp@middleburgheights.com.

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We are excited to announce that the Middleburg Heights Recreation Department now has virtual programming!
Since we can’t see you in person at the MHCC, we want you to join in on these fun, family friendly activities! Visit our Virual Recreation page by clicking on the tab above!
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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 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!

The Recreation Department and Community Center staff have programs and activities from Youth thru Adult 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!

We are a Tivity/SilverSneakers & a United Health Care/Optum site! If you have the Renew Active or AARP Medicare Supplement plan, visit https://partner.uhcrenewactive.com for your 9 digit confirmation code which will allow you to become a member of the MHCC for FREE (an A or S prefix will designate which plan you have)!

Room Reservations for 2020 and 2021 (yes, that’s right….2021) are not being accepted by our Sales and Events team at this time until further notice.  You can email Karol at kgermany@middleburgheights.com for specific details and questions.

All registrations for spring and summer programs have been suspended until further notice.

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

The pool closes 10 minutes prior to the close of the building. In case of inclement weather, call the Info Line at (440) 239-6312 for updates.

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:

  • 2019 First Place Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Award of  Excellence in the Sports Programming category for Warrior Week/Clash of the Heightans.
  • 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.
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