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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Recreation Department Activities and Program Information

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Shaker Heights consistently has relied on guidance from Governor DeWine, the CDC, and State and County departments of health with the goal of protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our residents and employees.

In the last few weeks, we have looked to those sources and industry experts as we have evaluated the feasibility of offering various programs and activities this summer through our Recreation Department. Among other criteria, each program is being reviewed to determine if it is allowable under current orders and/or can be offered in a matter that adheres to mandated health and safety guidelines. In addition, we asked for resident input through a questionnaire to gauge interest in certain modified activities to help inform our decision making.

While we are continuing to investigate ways to provide safe and allowable recreation programming this summer, it is a challenge given the complexity of mandatory and best practice health and safety protocols. Rather than make an across-the-board decision, we are taking a more deliberate and incremental approach. This allows us the flexibility to respond to changing information, orders, data, and dynamics as the summer progresses. We recognize that this may complicate longer range planning for the summer, but we think this gives us the best chance to offer at least some summer programming.

Below is a list, divided into three categories, which will explain activities that are and are not going to be offered, and those still under consideration. In cases where activities/events are canceled, this means that those events were either not permitted pursuant to various orders and/or the City is unable to provide them in compliance with required health protocols.

We are still reviewing many activities in light of guidance that has been issued. We will determine if we can offer certain activities based on a variety of factors including cost, staff and facility availability, timing and the ability to meet strict guidelines and protocols. This is a constantly changing situation and our review is ongoing. We will provide regular updates to this document which is available at

NOTE: For any program/activity that is/may be offered, City staff and patrons will be required to follow strict social distancing guidelines, limits on size of gatherings, and sanitizing protocol, among other requirements. In addition, face masks will be strongly encouraged and/or required as applicable.

Things You Can Do

  • Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade – details forthcoming
  • Virtual Programming Activities – available on the City of Shaker Heights YouTube channel, Shaker Recreation Facebook and Instagram
  • Multi-Purpose Trails and Paths
  • Senior Transportation

Things Under Review/Delayed Awaiting Further Guidance

  • Thornton Park Ice Rink and Rink Activities
  • Thornton Park Basketball/ Sand Volleyball
  • Skate Park
  • Tennis and Pickleball
  • Outdoor Pop-Up Programs
  • Playgrounds
  • Athletic Fields
  • Senior Adult Programs (Session 2)
  • Preschool Programming (Session 2)
  • Youth Programming (Session 2)
  • Youth Sports
  • Horseshoe Lake Pavilion Reservations – for July/August
  • Special Event Requests – Case by case basis

Things That Are Canceled 

  • Thornton Park Pool and Pool Activities, including 4th of July Pool Party
  • Horseshoe Lake Pavilion Reservations - for June
  • Block Parties - Summer
  • Summer Concerts
  • All Shaker Recreation Dept. Summer Camps
  • All Summer Session 1 programs for youth, adults, seniors, and preschool

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