Division of Recreation

Hours of Operation

Administrative Office: Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm
Recreation Centers: Weekdays 11:30 am to 8 pm, Saturdays 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Playground Summer Staff: Weekdays 9:30 am to 6 pm

There are recreational opportunities and cultural experiences for all ages and interest groups. Recreational programs and swimming are free for City of Cleveland residents. Fees apply to facility rental.

  • City of Cleveland Recreation Centers Serve After School Meals

    City of Cleveland recreation centers are currently serving after-school meals to children ages five through eighteen at all locations. Meals will be served Monday through Friday while the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is in session as well as during winter and spring breaks and during declared school snow days when students are not required to attend class due to inclement weather.

  • Big City Boo is Back!

    Kids will celebrate as the ghouls and goblins come out to play! All Cleveland recreation centers will participate on Halloween night, Monday, October 31st. The event includes candy, games and other exciting treats. Big City Boo is so fun that it’s scary!

  • Mayor's Annual Food Basket Giveaway Volunteer Sign-Up Forms Available

    The Mayor’s Food Basket is generously supported by individuals, local businesses and City of Cleveland employees. It is the largest annual food giveaway in Cuyahoga County and helps to feed thousands of Cleveland families each year. Volunteers are needed at three locations: Michael Zone Recreation Center on Lorain Avenue; the Cleveland Foodbank on South Waterloo Road; and the Zelma George Recreation Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. This year's event will be held on December 10th, 2016.

  • Clevelanders Catch the Fever at Recreation Centers

    The Fall/Winter Division of the Recreation newsletter has been published and offers information on numerous free programs for city residents. Highlights: Clevelanders can participate in fun sports like pickleball, broom hockey, volleyball, swim team, dodgeball, and basketball. Free swim classes available year round. Auditions for local talent will be held at Cudell Fine Arts.  Free meals are being served throughout the recreation centers. 

  • Bike Rack Service Available Downtown on East 4th

    The service comes complete with parking spaces, personal lockers, and changing/shower facilities at 2148 East 4th. Those needing more information may call 216.771.7120.

Organized Sports

216.664.2325 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - Recreation Center Schedules

The Division of Recreation develops, promotes and implements a wide variety of organized sports activities for residents of all ages. Residents may register for leagues at any recreation center free of charge. Organized sports activities include:

Spring Summer Fall Winter

Outdoor Soccer
Co-Ed Volleyball

Adult Softball Rules
Adult Summer Softball Updated Modified Rules
Summer Coed League Rules

Sunday Men's Softball
Sunday Men's Softball Current Information

Wednesday Men's Softball
Wednesday Men's Softball Current Information

Friday Coed Friday Softball
Friday Coed League Current Information

Flag Football
Indoor Soccer
Coed Volleyball
Adult Fall Softball



216.664.3018 for Information Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - For Handicap Accessibility Information call 216.664.2561 or call recreation center directly

Public Recreation Centers and Pools
Outdoor Public Pools
Learn to Swim Classes

Indoor Pools: The Division of Recreation operates 19 indoor pools for year-round swimming. Programs such as learn to swim, aquacise, water polo, water basketball and swim teams are available to Cleveland residents at no cost.

Outdoor Pools: From the second week of June through the second week of August, the Division of Recreation operates 22 outdoor community pools. Pools are open Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 7:30 pm.

Participants must be at least 8 years old and 4 feet tall to swim. Adults must be with children not meeting these requirements at a ratio of 2:1. All lifeguards are American Red Cross certified, and a ratio of one lifeguard per every 40 swimmers is maintained.

Recreation Center Rental

Facility Use Request Form - Contact: Any Recreation Center

Indoor pools and recreation centers may be rented for private events (for-profit events are excluded). Rentals may not interfere with normal center operations. The fee is $84/hour/staff person before and after regular operational hours. Permit application requests must be completed at the recreation center and approval must be obtained at least two weeks prior to the event.

Camp Forbes Programs for Children and Youth

216.831.5910 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm - Register at Any Recreation Center

Winter and Spring:
The Holistic Life Program allows teachers from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to bring their 4th, 5th or 6th grade students to Camp Forbes for a day of outdoor recreational activities. The focus is on team building and alternative communication which teaches youth how to respect one another and how to create and apply ways in which to communicate.

Summer: Cleveland children between the ages of 9 and 13 can enjoy a free week of camp. Camping seasons lasts for 8 weeks and serves approximately 800 youth. Camp Forbes is situated on approximately 33 acres of land and has 10 cabins, a dining hall, administrative building, an outdoor pool and a pond. Activities include boating, arts & crafts, nature activities, swimming, tent camping, hiking, flag-raising, and fishing. Proof of residency (utility bill, magazine subscription, or mortgage or lease agreement), child's birth certificate, and a copy of the immunization record are required.

Senior Recreational Activities

216.664.2321 or 216.664.2570 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm

Recreation Center Locations and Schedules

This program encompasses a variety of classes and activities at various recreational centers. Activities include aquacise, arts & crafts, aerobics, chess, checkers and other social activities

Camp Forbes Senior Program

216.263.5325 - Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm

Each Fall, the Division of Recreation invites senior groups to take part in a day of activities. Seniors have the opportunity to socialize, exercise, eat a well-balanced hot lunch, and take part in a variety of planned activities. Senior groups are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. The program culminates with five separate holiday parties with all of the trimmings and a visit from Santa Claus himself.