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Recreation Department

The Recreation Department organizes the recreational programming and manages the recreational facilities for the City. We strive to offer a variety of programming that is meaningful to the residents of our community. Residents are encouraged to take an active part in planning and assisting with recreation programming. Input is accepted at board meetings, in person or via mail.


Upcoming Recreation Activities & Events:

Line Dancing - Thursdays 6:00 p.m. Community Park parking lot by gazebo. 27285 Highland Road

Lunch Bunch - See Community Partnership on Aging's website for up to date details

Exercise Classes:

  • Morning Fitness with Cindy takes place Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Class includes: Weights, resistance bands and bar, chair exercises, Zumba and Zumba toning. $3 per class; held at the Kiwanis Lodge. Call Cindy at 216-346-8909 for more information about exercise classes. No registration is required.
  • OUTDOOR R&B Line Dance Exercise by Tina to improve your fitness through cardio-centric exercise at the Community Park Gazebo Thursday's in September from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Tina Swift at 216-347-4551. 

Also, please check The City Edition for upcoming events.  

General Park Rules for Parks Within the City

Park Rules Specific for DeSan Park


Richmond Heights Community Park – 27285 Highland Road 


This vibrant park is located in the heart of Richmond Heights next to the local schools.  It features three ball fields appropriate for softball or baseball, four tennis courts, three Pickleball courts, a club-like swimming pool with attached spray ground, a large outdoor picnic pavilion, gazebo for concerts, and multiple picnic tables and grills.  

Pool and Spray Ground

This is an outdoor facility in the Richmond Heights Community Park that is open seasonally from June – August.  Pool Passes are available for purchase at City Hall in the Recreation Department beginning in May, day passes are available at the gate, fees vary.  The Pool and Spray Ground are also available for residents to rent as an event space.  Standard hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Pool closing is possible due to inclement weather below 68 degrees, lack of attendance, and lightning in the area or other weather-related issues.  Swim lessons are available for purchase.  Please be courteous and adhere to the pool rules.

Kiwanis Lodge – 27285 Highland Road - NEWLY RENOVATED

The lodge is located at the rear of the Community Park.  Fitness and line dancing classes are offered weekly with minimal fees, and a number of City events are held in this large event space featuring two large halls.  The Senior Hall is a large space with a dance floor, bar, access to an adjoining kitchen, and seating for up to 164 guests.  The Kiwanis Hall is a smaller space perfect for hosting large dinners, baby showers, and other smaller events.  It has a large built-in bar, access to the kitchen, and seating for up to 100 guests.   Residents interested in reserving a hall in the lodge should contact the Recreation Department for more information.

Usage Fees for Kiwanis Lodge
Kiwanis Lodge Rules and Regulations
Kiwanis Lodge Permit Application

DeSan Park, 479 Trebisky Road

This neighborhood park is conveniently located within walking distance of many of the residential areas of the community.  It features a playground with swing set and sandbox, four baseball fields, a batting cage, and a small pavilion.

Greenwood Farm, 264 Richmond Road

Greenwood Farm is a Richmond Heights Community Park. The Board of Directors of the Greenwood Farm Historical, Cultural & Arts Association, Inc., has diligently worked toward its goals of repairing, renovating and preparing the house and its beautiful grounds. Renovations are still underway. The Farm is used for a variety of programming benefiting the entire community and beyond. Click here to read about the history of Greenwood Farm.

Redstone Run/Highland Reserve

In May 2013, an 8.71 acre property on Highland Road in Richmond Heights was purchased by West Creek Conservancy with the support of Friends of Euclid Creek for conservation as part of a larger effort to protect water quality in the Euclid Creek Watershed. This property contains 1,000 linear feet of Redstone Run, a tributary to the East Branch of Euclid Creek, and is made up of steep shale slopes leading down to the creek. The land was purchased to protect the high quality plant and animal habitat and to protect the site’s steep slopes from development or deforestation. The property retained in its natural state provides an ideal "land lab" for research and educational activities and will enhance the overall beauty of this portion of Euclid Creek. Due to the location of the Highland Reserve and its proximity to private property owners’ back yards, please call West Creek Conservancy to schedule a tour of the property at 216-749-3720 or contact the Euclid Creek Watershed Coordinator at 216-524-6580, Ext. 16.


The Recreation Department is administered by a seven-member board, which meets the third Wednesday of each month.  The Recreation Board members are Mayor-appointed, with four recommended by the City Council, two recommended by the Richmond Heights Board of Education, and the Recreation Director serving as the chairman of the board.  The Recreation Director and Assistant Recreation Director are year-round part-time employees within the Recreation Department.

Recreation Director: VACANT
Assistant Recreation Director: Anthony Gimellia
Board Members: Charlotte Camp, Angela Jordan, Patricia Thompson, Anna Cifranic, Mary Mehring and Erika Hester.

Hillcrest Meals on Wheels

Hillcrest Meals on Wheels is a service designed to meet the nutritional needs of homebound, disabled and elderly residents who are unable to shop or prepare meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday by volunteers. Hillcrest Meals on Wheels offers a choice of a hot meal plan with an option of two different supplementary meal plans for a minimal fee.

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Important Information

Recreation Department:

Anthony Gimellia, Assistant Recreation Director

Recreation Department hours: 

Monday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday - CLOSED
Thursday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. - CLOSED 

Kiwanis Lodge:
Call our Recreation Department
for rental information at

City Pool