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Hours of Operation

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Indoor pool closed until further notice.

Main Phone Number: (440) 234-2255

Information Line: (440) 239-6312

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Pool closes 10 minutes before the center closes.

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COVID-19 RECREATION DEPARTMENT UPDATE

Please be aware that the content on our website is constantly being updated and may NOT be accurate as we navigate through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Indoor Pool

Considered the most popular place in the City of Middleburg Heights, the natatorium area offers wet fun for everyone. As opposed to the traditional “rectangular” lap pool, this free form body of water links several wet attractions together. The tot pool area has a shallow 4″ start and slopes to 18″ at its deepest point. In the center of the tot pool is a bright and colorful play feature with a slide, water jets and plenty of rope pulls and wheels to turn for interactive fun.

There is a current channel that can be used as a “lazy river” with inflatable floats or as therapeutic resistance walking against the current. There is a bubble couch, an in-water bench area and an above-deck hot tub. A three-lane lap area anchors the current. This 4-1/2 foot deep area functions for either short lap swimming or as an open area for water aerobics programs. Another offering for the pool areas is a circular vortex section with an in-water bench and swirling water currents.

The last area is the splashdown pool for the 14 ft. tall, 100 ft. long water slide that is a hit with thrill seekers of all ages. The entire pool area is bathed in natural light through the seven expansive arch-topped window openings that face south. The indoor pool has views  through these windows to the outdoor pool area as well as views that open to the track above and into the casual activity area. The pool area also has a sauna, steam and first aid room, along with office space for the lifeguards and the aquatics director.

Outdoor Pool

The outdoor pool area is the summer complement to the indoor pool. From June through early September, the outdoor pool is a haven for “beating the heat.” The outdoor pool has a zero entrance beach and shallow play area for small children. There are many play features, including water cannons, tumble buckets and a lily-pad walk.There is also a splashdown pool for the 17 ft. tall, 120 ft. long outdoor slide. In addition to all the fun features, we have plenty of deck space for lounging in the sun.

A separate concession stand and eating area provides cold drinks, quick meals and tasty snacks. The design also incorporates a secondary entrance through a ‘gate house’ check-in for quick access to the pool without walking through the building.

Pool Schedules

The indoor pool will remain closed to provide additional time and flexibility for the much needed natatorium improvements.

Learn to Swim and Program Information

Due to the indoor pool being closed for renovations, there are no swim lessons offered at this time. Please check back for updates.

Group Exercise Programs - Aquatics

Due to the indoor pool being closed for renovations, there are no water exercise classes offered at this time. Please check back for updates.

Lifeguard Training

There are no Lifeguard Training courses scheduled at this time. Please follow this link to search for other classes in our area: opens in a new windowhttps://www.redcross.org/take-a-class.

Pool Rules

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Pool Features, Rules and Policies

Pool Features

  • Indoor Lap Section Open at all times except during scheduled programs. See Indoor Pool Schedule for details. A lap lane will be available for adults only except where indicated on the pool schedule.

  • Indoor Current Channel Available for adult water walking or for swimmers to play, ride in inner tubes, or walk. This area is shared by adults and children except where indicated on the pool schedule.

  • Indoor Zero Depth ONLY for children ages 8 and under with direct parental supervision.

  • Water Slides Swimmers must be at least 48 inches tall to use the slide. Parents are not permitted to stand at the bottom and catch a child. This is a state of Ohio regulation and will be strictly enforced. Goggles and flotation devices are not permitted to be worn on the slide. The slide will be closed during all adult sessions and scheduled programs.

  • Whirlpool/Spa Available for adults and children 15 years of age and older

  • Lily Pads For adults and children who can comfortably reach the rope, or parents may hold the hand of a child to walk across.

  • Outdoor Pool Deck Chaise lounge chairs are reserved for adults and children 15 years of age and older.

  • Sauna/Steam Room Available for adults and children 15 years of age and older.

Current Requirements:

The current requirements are as follows: All persons swimming in the pool must have on proper swim attire. All infants/toddlers that require a diaper must wear swimmer diapers and proper swimwear. Clean cotton t-shirts and sarongs are allowed on the pool deck, however patrons must have on proper swim attire underneath. The following attire is not allowed: "Street clothes," Brazil/French-cut, thong style and/or revealing swim wear, cut-off jeans, jeans, skirts, shorts, sport bras, leotards, leggings, dri-fit wear, compression shorts and compression shirts are prohibited. Underwear and undergarments are not allowed to be worn under swimsuits.

Why do I have to wear proper swim attire?

Here are just a few reasons as to why it is important to only wear pool attire in the pool.
  1. Street clothes (especially cotton) can transport airborne and ultimately water borne contaminants into the pool.
  2. Lycra and Nylon are the best non-absorbent material for swimming and are the best fabrics for proper swim attire. Other absorbent materials (such as cotton) can break down in the water and cause fibers to clog filters.
  3. Any “colored” material (unless specifically made for swimming) can bleed into the pool, affecting water chemistry and balance. This is also a reason for turbidity in pools.
  4. Cotton and similar materials can absorb the chemicals in the water, causing the water to become less effective at maintaining the proper chemical balance or may cloud the water.

Aquatics FAQs

How long will it take for my child to learn how to swim?

All children progress at different levels and the description of "swimming" is different for everyone. The most important factor is to make sure that your child respects the water and knows the rules of safety. As with any activity, the more exposure your child has to the water in a safe environment, the sooner they will master the skills. Generally children begin to understand the concepts around age 4-5, but it may take years of practice to become an accomplished swimmer.

At what age is it safe for my child to swim without my direct supervision?

If you are asking the question, it is probably unsafe for your child to be at the pool without direct adult supervision. We use age 8 as a guideline with the idea that around that time children understand their own limitations. Always remember that there is no substitute for a parents' vigilant observation of their own child.

Why don't you let parents watch swim lessons from the pool deck?

The answer to this question has many answers. Children tend to focus more on the lesson without the parent in view. Parents tend to be cheerleaders and sometimes intervene with or speak for the child while the teacher is trying to earn the respect and trust of the child. The pool area tends to be hot and uncomfortable for anyone not dressed for swimming. For housekeeping reasons, the pool deck just stays cleaner the fewer street shoes we can keep from walking on the deck.

How do I know which level of water exercise program is appropriate for me?

We offer a range of classes from stretching to moderate aerobics. Class descriptions serve as a guideline, but any class within reason can be adapted by the individual attending the class. The best advice is to consult with your physician to see if you have any physical limitations. Speak to the instructor before class about ways you can participate without causing a health risk to yourself. The advantage of exercise in water is buoyancy, which makes it safer than exercise on land.

Why do the lifeguards allow children or water walkers in the lap lanes?

This policy is really a judgment call based on the swimming crowd at any given time. If a child can swim non-stop, there really is no reason to keep him/her out. Some adults prefer to water walk in the lanes rather than the channel and again, based on the crowd at the time, we do allow it. If you feel that a child or adult walker is keeping you from being able to swim laps, please consult a lifeguard or aquatic supervisor at the time you are here. We will do our best to accommodate all swimmers.

Hours of Operation

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday

6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Indoor pool closed until further notice.

Main Phone Number:

(440) 234-2255

Information Line:

(440) 239-6312

Press 1 Aquatics

Press 2 Youth Programs

Press 3 Adult Programs