Where to have fun in Westlake!

Recreation in Westlake, what does that mean? Westlake residents often are stunned to find out what Westlake has to offer. With winter winding down and spring on the horizon, let us take a look at what Westlake has to offer in the field of recreation. For starters, the City of Westlake has one of the premier recreation centers in the area.

The Westlake Recreation Center is the focal point of recreation in the city. The center is open to all residents who may purchase an annual membership or a day pass. People who work in the city but don’t live in the city may purchase a corporate membership. Not to be left out, if you don’t live in or work in the city, but know someone who is a member of the recreation center, they can sponsor you under our Friends and Family package. The center also participates in the Silver Sneakers program, which is available through many secondary health insurance providers.

The center provides individuals and families the opportunity to work out in its fitness center or run laps on its indoor track. The aquatics center features a 25-meter lap pool, a diving well, lazy river, slides and a kiddie pool area. There are 12 baskets in our gym, which features two full size courts or four smaller courts. Fitness classes include yoga, boot camp and cycling classes. For a full list of class offerings, visit our website at www.cityofwestlake.org.

The center itself sits on 88 acres of land featuring a 1.2-mile walking trail, five tennis courts, two baseball fields, several soccer fields, two sand volleyball courts and a fishing pond. There is also a large playground area as well as a picnic pavilion.

There are other parks in Westlake, including Clague Park which features walking trails, Clague Cabin, six baseball fields, a playground, duck pond and the city’s outdoor aquatics center, Peterson Pool. The park also features a gazebo in the center of the park and serves as a focal point for the Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebrations.

Bradley Road Nature Park features wooded trails and a small playground area nestled in the woods of Bradley Road. The trails provide an excellent way to get out, get fit and commune with nature.

The Recreation Department is not all about parks and buildings, but rather programming and having fun! Your city recreation department is responsible for such citywide events as; the Family Fishing Derby, Fourth of July Parade, Fall Festival/Pumpkin Hunt and the Haunted Trick-or-Treat Trail. We also help run the city’s Corporate Challenge, summer swim team at Peterson and Family Fun Nights at the Recreation Center.

When it comes to team sports, the city handles the sport of basketball with over 600 kids participating in grades K-12. Baseball, girls softball, tackle football and soccer leagues are managed by community volunteer groups recognized by the City of Westlake. Flag football and several pre-K sports are handled by the Recreation Department. Please check out our website for more information.

Not to leave adults out of the fun, we offer several activities for them as well. We have leagues available for teams in softball and basketball. Individuals can join our bocce league or come to the center and play pickle ball.

We are not done yet. Did you know the City of Westlake owns its own golf course? Meadowood Golf Course on Center Ridge Road is a 27-hole golf course. The 18 holes of executive style and 9 holes of regulation provide golfers of all levels the opportunity to come and swing away. Meadowood also features an award-winning log cabin-styled clubhouse which is great for renting out in the off season for many different functions.  The course features leagues and lessons for all ages and abilities. Daily and weekend specials are available so check us out on the website or call us at 440-835-6442 for more information.

Basically, the City of Westlake’s Recreation Department has lots to offer and it’s up to you how much fun you want to have. Hopefully this article was able to answer some of your questions about recreation and maybe clear up some questions about where to go when you do want to have fun. Remember, when in doubt, contact us at the information below or check out our website for more information. Now it is time to lace up those sneakers and go out and have some fun!

More information regarding all of these programs and more can be found at our website at www.cityofwestlake.org, or by stopping by the Recreation Center at 28955 Hilliard Blvd. or calling us at 440-808-5700.

Jim Dispirito

Athletic/Events Manager Westlake Recreation Department

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.21.2017