The Shaker Heights Recreation department is committed to building stronger neighborhoods through programs, services and events that focus on the intangible benefits of recreation. These benefits may include values of responsibility, teamwork, accountability, respect, dedication, community and sportsmanship. Whatever your age or interest, there is something for you.
Learn more about:
- Inclement Weather Policy
- Thornton Park
- Recreation Department Class and Camp Registration
- School Age Care
- Parks and Playgrounds
- Field Conditions/Sports Cancellation Information
- General Information
- Recreation Department Policies
- Special Events Guidelines
- Facility Reservations/Rentals and Block Parties
Spend summer days poolside at Thornton Park, enjoying the sun and cooling off in our 50-meter pool, splash zone, current channel, water slides, and tot pool. Season passes are available. The pool is open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Prefer ice to water? Lace up your skates (or rent ours) and take a glide around the ice arena, open year-round. Skating lessons for all levels and ages and summer skating passes are available.
Other seasonal activities at Thornton Park include outdoor basketball, sand volleyball, tennis, batting cages and a skatepark.
Recreation Department Class and Camp Registration
The Recreation Department offers a variety of classes and camps to enrich bodies and minds throughout the year and during school breaks. Take advantage of a weekend class in the arts or enroll your child in one of our popular summer camps. Registration is first-come, first-served, so be sure to register early, as some classes fill quickly. Registration ends and classes close two business days prior to first day of class.
There are four ways to register for classes and camps:
- Online (Note: All 2016 Summer Camp registrations must be done in person.)
- In-person: Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Road) and/or Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Road). Proof of residency required: driver's license, current utility bill, lease or purchase agreement. Current holders of Recreation ID cards must have cards renewed annually as proof of residency.
- Phone: 216-491-1295 or 216-491-1360. Have MasterCard, Visa or Discover ready.
- Mail: Send registration form along with check, money order, or credit card info to: City of Shaker Heights Thornton Park 3301 Warrensville Center Road Shaker Heights, OH 44122
- Registration Office Hours Thornton Park: Monday 8:30 AM-5 PM, Tuesday-Friday 8:30 AM-6 PM, Saturday 10 AM-3 PM Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Parks and Playgrounds
The City of Shaker Heights has nine public playgrounds and Horseshoe Lake Park — a beautiful park with a central open space that includes a playground and swings for children, two pavillions, and 1.3 miles of wooded trails for hiking, walking, and biking.
Recreation brochures are published three times/year and the camp brochure is published once/year. Brochures are mailed, at no charge, to residents of the Shaker City School District.
The City of Shaker Heights may terminate a class with fewer than the required number of participants and provide a full refund/credit. Programs subject to change of location and/or personnel. Decisions to hold classes are based on enrollment at first class; no refunds granted after second session except for injury or illness. (Doctor's letter required.) Refund claim forms must be presented within 30 days of withdrawal from class or program. Special programs such as child care, camps, and one-nighters handled on case-by-case basis.
Inclement Weather Policy When Shaker Schools are closed, Recreation Department classes held in the schools are cancelled. Thornton Park and the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community building remain open and classes are held as scheduled. Refer to local radio and TV stations or online at www.shaker.org for information on school closures. Review the Recreation Department's Inclement Weather Policy or call 216-491-3143 for information about cancelled classes.
Non-Endorsement Policy The City of Shaker Heights does not necessarily endorse the opinions or business affiliations of the individuals who may teach the classes and programs.
Disability Policy The City is committed to providing access to recreational programming for all. For individuals with special needs, please call 216-491-1295 for assistance from the appropriate Program Coordinator.
Credit/Refund Policy Credit/Refund Policy Refunds are available for classes or program registration cancellations by registrants up to 72 hours prior to the first class meeting. A refund claim form must be completed. Forms can be obtained at the Main Office in Thornton Park or online.
In the case of trips, money is refunded only if the space can be filled and if the cancellation request is received at least 48 hours in advance. A full refund will be issued in the event of a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment.
$10 processing fee will be deducted with the following exceptions:
$5 – 50+ programs $25 – Camps $25 – School Age Care $100 – Fall/Winter Hockey (except Mighty Mites) $25- Fall/Winter Hockey Administrative Fee
A Recreation Department computer credit will be issued to all refunds at no charge. If a refund is preferred, contact Quiana Player at 216-491-2579. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for refunds to be processed.