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We recognize that, on occasion, there can be extenuating circumstances that may prevent you from addressing all of the violations within the compliance deadline. Extensions of time for violations other than those that are health and safety violations may be granted if progress on repairs is satisfactory, but incomplete. If you need assistance with correcting the violations, including financial assistance, please click here or contact the city's Neighborhood and Housing Specialist Colin Compton at 216-491-1333.

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Girls skating at Shaker's Thornton Ice Arena


Ready for fun? To get in shape? Or pursue a passion? Throughout the year, the Shaker Heights Recreation Department offers programs for residents of all ages and interests, ranging from fitness to the arts and many things in between. Preschoolers can learn to swim, dance and lots more; school-aged children can participate in summer camp, enrichment classes, and sports leagues. There's plenty for adults and seniors, too. View an overview of our programs by making a selection from the menu below — or get started today by browsing our catalog online or downloading our latest brochure (PDF).

Ice Skating
The Getaway
Pop Up Programs
Special Events
Summer Camps

The Recreation Department is pleased to offer year-round programming for adults. Get moving in a fitness class; discover the joys of learning a new sport; or tap into your artistic side, including in classes presented by the Shaker Arts Council. Find current offerings online or in our current brochure (PDF).

Whether it's sports, summer camp, the arts, STEM, or something else, there's an excellent chance the Recreation Department has a program for your school-age child. Learn more about our popular Aquatics, Ice Hockey, or Figure Skating programs below. Find a current listing of classes online or in the downloadable PDF version of our seasonal brochure. Sign up for Recreation E-news or follow us on Facebook to be the first to know about summer camps.

Learn more about our School-Age Care program, which includes before- and after-care programs for the Shaker Schools, as well as fun programming options for school holidays.  

Your pre-schooler can learn to skate, swim, even play basketball in an age-appropriate setting. Or enjoy art and imaginative play at one of our pre-school enrichment programs. Find current offerings online or in our current brochure (PDF).

The Recreation Department offers regular programming for seniors at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.), including free weekly social and fitness programs, as well as classes that require registration. Find classes online or in our current brochure (PDF). Learn more about the City's Senior Services here

Looking to swim laps, learn to swim, or just splash around with the kids? You've come to the right place. The City of Shaker Heights offers two recreational pools, as well as a variety of swim programs for all ages.


Thornton Park Pool
Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, this beautiful outdoor swimming
pool boasts lap lanes, a diving well, water slides, and a current channel. There's also a separate tot pool and splash pad. Learn more about Thornton Park Pool.

Woodbury Pool
When Thornton Park Pool closes for the season, residents are invited to swim at Woodbury Pool located at Woodbury School (15400 S. Woodland Rd.).

Children ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Lap swimming is limited during open swim hours. An unlimited use pool pass for all open and lap swimming is available for purchase online or at Thornton Park for $35 per person. A family pass is not available.

Current Woodbury Pool Schedule

Pool closed Oct 16, Nov 20, 22, 24.
LOCATION: Woodbury Pool
DATE & TIME: T/TH, Sep 4 – Dec 20
Open Swim: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Lap Swim: 8:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturdays, Sep 8 – Dec 22
Open Swim: 12:30 – 2 pm
Lap Swim: 2 – 4 pm
FEES: $3 person drop-in; $5 family 3 or more
Exact change only please

Aquatics Programs
From our popular American Red Cross swim lessons to pool-based wellness programs, our Aquatics Program has something for everyone. Visit our online catalog or download the recreation brochure (PDF) to view a list of current aquatics classes.

Community Aquatics Programs
Shaker Sharks offers a competitive swimming program in Shaker Heights for K-8 students, plus a Master's program for adults. Learn more at the Shaker Sharks website.

The Recreation Department is pleased to partner with Shaker Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) to provide a quality youth hockey program at Thornton Park Ice Arena. Players can learn the fundamentals of the sport in the Department's Learn to Skate program or play competitively in SYHA's league program.

Visit our online catalog or download the recreation brochure (PDF) to learn more about or sign up for the hockey program. Find additional information on the program at the Shaker Youth Hockey Association's web page.

Skaters of all ages are invited to experience the benefits of skating through the Recreation Department's popular Learn to Skate program. Age groups include Baby Blades (ages 1.5-3), Snowplow Sam (ages 3-5), Basic (ages 6-plus), and Adult (ages 18-plus).

Every spring, Shaker's figure skaters are invited to participate in the Annual Ice Show sponsored by the Recreation Department.

Visit our online catalog or download the recreation brochure (PDF) to learn more about the program or to sign up for a Learn to Skate class. The Recreation Department is also pleased to partner with the Shaker Figure Skating Club, which offers Shaker residents opportunities for competitive figure skating.

The Getaway is a free after-school program for Shaker High students. The program offers a safe, fun place for teenagers to hang out. Amenities include free TV, WiFi, video games, charging stations, snacks, and more.

LOCATION: Heights Christian Church, 17300 Van Aken Blvd. (use back entrance on Winslow Rd.)
HOURS: Monday to Friday, 3:30-7:30 pm
GRADES: Shaker High students, grades 9-12

Shaker Schools ID required for admittance.

For more information contact the Recreation Department at 491-1295 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Throughout the year, the Recreation Department offers a variety of free pop-up programs for residents. These programs are designed to bring residents together in the City's many recreational venues, including in our many beautiful City parks. Examples of programs include Yoga in the Park, Tai Chi, Boot Camp and other fitness activities; STEAM programming for kids; and arts activities for grown-ups and teenagers.

To find out about our pop-up programs, follow us on Facebook or contact Alyssa Porter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

The Recreation Department is pleased to host a variety of special events each year, including the Memorial Day Parade, the Annual 4th of July Pool Party, and the Doggie Dip. In addition, the Department offers a year-round series of free pop-up fitness and educational programming, as well as outdoor movies and music during the summer months.

Stay up to date with Recreation events by following us on Facebook or signing up for our newsletters.

Planning a special event in Shaker Heights? View our Special Event Guidelines for information on how to get a permit for your event.

Fun is on tap at the many summer camps offered by the Shaker Heights Recreation Department.

Traditional Camps

The Department offers traditional camp for children grades K-8. K-2 includes creative arts and sports such as swimming, t-ball, soccer, and basketball. Grades 3-8 are able to design their own camp day, choosing from a variety of activities such as sports, arts and crafts, hiking, science, swimming, volleyball, and soccer. Field trips every other week are part of the schedule for both age groups. Before and after care are available for those who are registered for camp. Half-day camp options are available.

Sports and Specialty Camps

Shaker also offers the following sports camps: baseball, basketball, flag football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Specialty camps include band camp and computer camps. Other Shaker Recreation options include Safety Town, Teens Learning to Connect, and ice skating. The popular Adventure Camp offers a week full of outdoor activities, including river rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and biking.

Sign up for our seasonal Recreation ENews or follow us on Facebook to stay in the know about the 2019 summer camp season.

The Lynn Ruffner Recreation for Youth Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to help Shaker Heights' youth attend summer camp. Scholarships are awarded based on qualifying need. Applications for scholarships are available at Thornton Park (3301 Warrensville Center Rd.). To make a donation, please call Cydney Johnson at 216-491-2580.

Community Engagement

The Police Department strives to work in partnership with the community to make Shaker Heights a safe and enjoyable place to live. Our officers regularly participate in community events and meet with community groups. We're also pleased to host tours of our station at 3355 Lee Rd.

Our Community Engagement Unit — supervised by Sergeant Troy Allison — can help:

  • Provide crime prevention education, including security surveys of homes and businesses.
  • Connect you with an officer to participate in your community event or meet with your community group.
  • Set up a tour of the station at 3355 Lee Rd.
  • Address your community concerns (for example, traffic and quality of life issues).

Contact Sergeant Allison at 216-491-1270.

Multi-Purpose Trails

We're proud to offer residents numerous multi-purpose trails for biking, walking, running ... or just taking a leisurely stroll.

Horseshoe Lake Park Trail—trails in and around Horseshoe Lake Park total 1.3 miles. A combination of paved, gravel and boardwalk trails are located at the center of the park. Central paved path provides ADA access from parking area to picnic pavilions, natural playground, tree house, restrooms and rain garden. A paved trail leads from the center of the park, along South Park Boulevard and over the dam; this trail connects with the 1.4 mile Cleveland Heights trail along North Park Boulevard.

Lake-to-Lakes Trail—5 mile paved trail begins at Horseshoe Lake Park dam and connects to Lake Erie/Gordon Park along North Park Boulevard, Fairhill Road, Stokes and MLK Boulevard; includes bike racks, bike repair station, doggie waste bags, garbage cans and maps.

Library Loop Path—0.5 mile paved loop path travels around the Main Library, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, Sunrise Assisted Living and Around the World Playground; includes mileage markers.

Shaker Median Trail—1.5 mile paved trail runs along the south side of the Shaker Boulevard median between Warrensville and Sulgrave; includes benches, doggie waste bags, garbage cans, and mileage markers. ADA accessible. Connects to 1.5 miles of paved trails in Beachwood and Pepper Pike.

Southerly Park Fitness Trail—includes 14 fitness stations.

Thornton Park Loop Path—0.25 mile packed gravel trail loops around the swimming pool and playground.

Friendly reminders: Shaker residents are encouraged to obtain a bicycle license from the Police Department. Bike helmets are required for all riders over the age of 5.


The Fire Department promotes life safety for all citizens through:

  • Education
  • Code enforcement
  • Emergency medical and rescue services (about privacy policy)
  • Non-emergency support services
  • Fire Prevention Services

The Origin and Cause Fire Investigation Report for Fernway School

Hot Work Permit

Contractors performing hot work in the City of Shaker Heights are required to obtain a Hot Work Permit. Hot work is a process that can cause a fire when flammable material is present. Examples of hot work include welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, torch work, and grinding.

To Apply for a Hot Work Permit:

  • Download the Hot Work Permit application.

  • Return your completed application form and the $25 fee to the Shaker Heights Fire Department—Fire Prevention Bureau at 17000 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120.

    Contractors may also email a completed, scanned permit application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Credit card, check, and cash payment accepted. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • After submitting the Hot Work Permit application, contractors should call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 216-491-1215 to schedule a hot work inspection. During this inspection, the fire inspector will ensure the work site complies with required safety guidelines. View these guidelines on the Welding, Cutting, and Hot Work Permit Checklist and Torches, Asphalt Kettles & Associated Propane Use Permit Checklist.

  • Contractors successfully passing the inspection will receive the Hot Work Permit and may begin work. Contractors not passing the inspection may correct the violations and request a re-inspection.

Please call 216-491-1215 with questions about the Hot Work Permit.

The cities of Shaker Heights and University Heights are exploring the feasibility of combining some fire services. Consultants hired through a grant from The Cleveland Foundation held a public input session in May at which the project's scope and analytic process were presented. Read the Final Report.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


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