Summer Is Coming

As the weather gets warmer and summer gets nearer, the City of Cleveland Department of Public Works is gearing up for a busy programming season. The City offers recreational opportunities and programs for Cleveland area residents of all ages and interest groups; with specialized programs geared toward youths.  During the summer, the Division of Recreation operates and maintains 22 centers, 17 of which have indoor pools. There are also 22 outdoor pools, one indoor roller skating rink, a residential summer camp and two golf courses. Recreational programs and swimming are free for City of Cleveland residents.

This summer, youths can challenge their minds and stay physically active as they get out and find fun-filled and exciting activities at their neighborhood recreation centers. Moderate physical activities can provide great health benefits. By maintaining personal health and fitness, Cleveland youths can establish healthy lifestyle behaviors which can enable children to achieve their optimal fitness level.

Some programs for children participating in Cleveland Recreation Centers require parent or guardian registration and adult supervision. For additional information about one of Cleveland Recreation Centers programs, log on to the Division of Recreation online.

Recreation Centers Hours 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

Cultural Arts Programs

The Division of Recreation’s Bureau of Cultural Arts provides active recreational opportunities and cultural experiences in art and performance art for all ages and interest groups. Roving art instructors develop and teach a variety of arts including arts and crafts, airbrush, dance and ceramics.

The Cultural Fine Arts programs including the Mural My Neighborhood and The National Arts Program ® promotes, enriches and advances the cultural and fine arts community as it encourages participates to utilizes their artistic expression and skills.

Each summer the Mural My Neighborhood program teams young Cleveland artists with professional muralists, community leaders, and business owners to create beautiful, uplifting murals depicting civic pride, vibrant city life, and visions of hope in specific neighborhoods.

Recreation Centers

 This summer, children can challenge their minds’ and bodies’ physical fitness, endurance and strength at one of the City of Cleveland Recreation Centers. Among these various facilities youths will find gymnasiums, weight rooms, fitness centers, water slides, aqua playgrounds, indoor and outdoor pools, tracks, computer rooms, art rooms, saunas, steam rooms, game rooms and meeting rooms.

For those Cleveland youths with a competitive edge or for those just looking to join a team for the summer, the City has organized sports with 155 ball-fields and four ball-field complexes. The well planned development and coordination of a variety of sports programs, both competitive and non-competitive provided at the City of Cleveland Recreation Centers promotes league play in basketball, baseball, softball, football and soccer.


City of Cleveland residents can sign up for free swim classes at participating recreation centers. The summertime is a great time of year for Cleveland’s youths to learn about proper water safety techniques while learning how to swim with a trained lifeguard on duty.

Recreation outdoor pools are opened from the second weekend in June through the second weekend in August, Wednesdays thru Sundays from noon until 7:30pm. Pools are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Spray basins are open seven days a week from 11am – 6pm and are turned on in the summer when the temperature reaches 80 degrees. Indoor pools are located at the Recreation Centers and are open Monday thru Friday from noon to 7:30 pm. Printable Version of Pool Locations

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City workers repair a fence by a city pool. Summer is on its way!