Recreation

Westlake Rec hosts virtual sports league

Video game enthusiasts are invited to compete in the Westlake Recreation Department's Virtual Sports League. Registration is open through May 28 and the tournament starts June 1.

Competitors will be able to show off their virtual basketball skills in NBA 2K20 and on a simulated gridiron in Madden NFL 20 with separate divisions for Xbox and PlayStation gamers. Registration is open to players ages 12 and up. The league format will depend on the number of registered participants.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:47 AM, 05.19.2020

Warbling Along: A birding treasure hunt while you stay at home

Still looking to pass the time while you stay at home? Have you kept your kids busy with a treasure hunt? Here’s a different kind of treasure hunt to consider. Different kind of treasure. Different kind of hunt. One adults can do with or without the kids. Outdoors.

The Treasure

Interested in birds, but tired of watching backyard birds at your feeder? Why not go on a treasure hunt for birds we see here only one month a year – wood warblers. Warblers are flitty little brightly colored songbirds that, for the most part, don’t live in Ohio. So how can you hunt for them here? You don’t have to go online. Because in May the warblers come to us.

Warblers winter in warm, sunny Central and South America. And breed in the Arctic in summer. How do they get there? They migrate by following age-old paths – called flyways – by instinct. Two of those flyways – the Atlantic and Mississippi flyways – cross right over northern Ohio. It is a long journey – thousands of miles. They start in late winter but don’t get to Ohio until mid-May. Fortunately, they stop here to feed and rest up along the shore of Lake Erie before attempting a crossing.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.05.2020

Nestorations – spring cleaning for bald eagles!

Spring cleaning time is here. Maybe that’s a good thing if we have time to spare while staying at home. But we’re not the only ones doing spring cleaning. Birds are nesting now. And – after a long winter out in the elements – many bird nests don’t just need spring cleaning, but serious restoration – nestoration!

Many backyard birds make a new nest each year. Nest building is an important part of their courtship ritual to attract a mate. But birds of prey – like hawks, vultures, owls, osprey and eagles – mate for life. So they don’t need to build a new nest each year. Instead they reuse the same nest year after year. And nestorations are in order each spring.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:00 AM, 04.21.2020

Becoming a bird brain: A fun way to spend time while you stay at home

We’re all looking for ways to spend time and enjoy ourselves while staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Becoming a “bird brain” is one way to do it – learning to spot, identify and appreciate birds.

Who can look? A bird brain – or birdwatcher – is just someone who enjoys looking at birds. You don’t have to take it too seriously. It can just be a fun, relaxing way to pass the time. You are never too old or too young. You can do it alone or with family or friends.

When to look. The early bird may get the worm, but you don’t have to be an early riser to watch birds. Early morning is a good time, but so is late afternoon-early evening. Anytime really. You just have to look and listen.

Where to look. We have many kinds of bird habitat nearby, forested neighborhoods and parks (after all Cleveland is the Forest City), rivers and streams and the lake shore. But a good place to start is right in your own backyard. And the sky above it.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.07.2020

Westlake Rec cardboard boat races May 8

The Westlake Recreation Center will host its 12th annual Cardboard Boat Races in the 25-yard indoor lap pool on Friday, May 8, 7-8:30 p.m. We are always looking for the most durable and the fastest boat in town! Grab your friend and build a boat out of only cardboard and packing tape that is capable of holding you and your friend then bring your boat to the Aquatics Center for our annual race!

Top three places in each division (ages 7-9, ages 10-12, and ages 13 and up) will receive medals and some prizes. Complete rules and directions will print out once you are registered! Colored duct tape may only be used for decorative purposes. This event is open to everyone. Cost per boat is $15 for Rec Center members, $25 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit www.cityofwestlake.org/recreation or call 440-808-5700.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.03.2020

Summer fun with Bay Rec

Summer baseball programs are just around the corner here at the Bay Village Recreation Department. Starting June 8, we will be offering baseball programs for children ages 3-6 in three different leagues: Sixers Baseball (coach pitch) for 6-year-olds, Tee-Ball for 5-year olds and Tee-Ball for Tots for the 3- to 4-year olds.

Sixers Baseball will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, while Tee-Ball will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Both Sixers Baseball and Tee-Ball are played at Bradley Park. Tee-Ball for Tots will be on Friday mornings at Hartman Field. All programs run through the last week of July.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.03.2020

Bay Rec offering popular youth programs in February

Indoor tennis programs have been spiking in popularity at the Bay Village Recreation Department this winter. Indoor Afterschool Tennis for third and fourth graders will be starting its fourth session on Feb. 25 at Westerly Elementary School.

Due to increased interest, Indoor Afterschool Tennis for kindergarten to second graders was added and will be starting its second session on Feb. 26 at Normandy Elementary School. This class had 30 participants in its first session!

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 AM, 02.04.2020

Westlake Rec to host March Madness tournament

Westlake Recreation Center is holding a March Madness 3 on 3 double elimination tournament. There will be separate divisions for boys and girls. Grade divisions will be 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8. Rosters will be limited to four players per team. Games will be played on quarter courts with certified officials. T-shirts will be awarded to first-place teams in all divisions.

Girls will play Thursday, March 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Boys will play Saturday, March 14, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.04.2020

Synchronized ice skater in Bay Village

I am 7-years-old and I am in my second year as part of Ice Storm, a synchronized ice skating club out of the North Olmsted Recreation Center.

Ice Storm has seven teams for girls and boys and one adult team. Synchronized ice skating is when your team does ice skating moves together.

Last year my team's theme was jungle. This year our theme is Inspector Gadget. Our music and costumes go with the theme Inspector Gadget. We have to include a pinwheel, circle, line and intersection.

I am in SS1 and the age level is 5 to 12. Our first competition was at Mentor. We got first place! We were so excited. We were so surprised that we got first place at our first competition. Our team is made of seven new people and four from last year.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.21.2020

Bay Rec offers winter programs

The Bay Village Recreation Department is offering a plethora of programs this winter to entertain your children and offer some sunshine during these gray days.

The Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Class on Saturday, Feb. 8, is geared towards children ages 5-12. The participants will be using a royal frosting to decorate prebaked cookies. Valentine-themed designs as well as their own creativity will be used. Cost is $28 for residents, $48 for non-residents.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.21.2020

Bay Rec has holiday fun, plans 2020 programs

The Bay Village Recreation Department held their annual Holiday Fun Night Event on Friday, Dec. 6. Residents enjoyed Christmas-themed games, holiday crafts, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa. There was a wonderful turnout for the final event at Bayway Cabin!

The Recreation Department is here for all of your holiday needs. Purchase a recreation gift card to use on any program, activity, membership or at the pool concession stand. Stop by the Recreation Department and pick up this great stocking stuffer!

Upcoming 2020 Programs

Bitty Kickers, ages 3-5. Bitty Kickers is designed to introduce and teach the FUNdamentals of soccer. There will be a combination of learning and games to enhance the experience. Perfect for kids just starting to learn the game of soccer. Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 5, 1-1:45 p.m. at the Community Gym. Fee: $45/residents; $55/non-residents.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:10 AM, 12.17.2019

Westlake Recreation youth basketball leagues

Westlake Recreation is currently registering children for our Youth Basketball Leagues. Children who live in the city of Westlake or attend a Westlake school are eligible to participate. Grade divisions are: Boys K, 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 and High School. Girls K, 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7-9. Child must be enrolled in kindergarten to participate in the kindergarten program. Practice will be held once a week beginning Nov. 18.  Games will be held on Saturdays, Dec. 7 through Feb. 29. Volunteer coaches are needed for all divisions.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.15.2019

Westlake Demons 13U baseball team wins championship

The 13U Westlake Demons travel baseball team won the Cuyahoga Valley Baseball Association (CVBA) 2019 championship on July 14, defeating the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs, 12-6. Westlake defeated Lakewood and Amherst in the playoffs to advance to the championship game. The Demons also won their division, posting a 19-3 record for the season. This is the Demons' second straight CVBA championship.

Pictured are, front row: Nate Arkwright (batboy), Cooper Rummel, Matthew Porcelli, Drew Arkwright, Joey Scarpitti; back row: Joe Scarpitti (coach) Chris Protos, Liam McCarthy, Stavros Salamalekis, Patrick Cooney, Owen Shultz, Harrison Rummel, Kelly Conaway, John Salamalekis (coach), Scott Arkwright (coach).

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:15 AM, 08.06.2019

Knights of Columbus to host golf outing

The St. Ladislas Knights of Columbus Council will host a golf outing at Bob-O-Link Golf Course in Avon on Sunday, July 21.

The Council will host a 9 and 18 hole best ball scramble that day. The 18 Hole Scramble is $99 with a 12:30 shotgun start and includes cart, lunch and steak dinner. The 9 Hole Scramble is $69 with a 2:30 shotgun start and includes cart and steak dinner. We are accepting foursome reservations at this time.

More information can be obtained by contacting Dan Barringer at 440-570-5294 or 55danref@gmail.com.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.02.2019

New Westlake pool opens with a splash

The city of Westlake proclaimed that it is ready for summer with the grand opening of its brand new pool complex on June 15. Hopefully Mother Nature was listening. With a light drizzle and temperatures in the 60s, it wasn’t exactly swimming weather as Mayor Dennis Clough raced down the three-story slide and broke through the ceremonial ribbon before splashing into the pool.

Residents of Westlake have been eagerly awaiting the renovation of Peterson Pool, and the added activities of the surrounding Westlake Aquatic Center (WAC). Construction began last spring on the $7.4 million project, which was approved by voters in 2018 with the passage of a 1/8% tax renewal levy.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.18.2019

Westlake Rec offers free swimming lessons for adults

Are you one of the 52 percent of adults that are considered unsafe near a pool? Did you know most of the drownings in the U.S. every year are adults? And if you never learned to swim and have children, there is an 87 percent chance that your children will never learn to swim! Let’s put a stop to this!

April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month and the Westlake Rec Center is offering free, 30-minute, 1-on-1 swim lessons with a certified learn-to-swim instructor. Give it a try! Lessons available for beginners (never been in the water), intermediate (able to stand in shallow water), or advanced (can swim in deep water but not easily, or want to improve your skills such as learning to breathe while swimming, trying a back float or learning to dive in).

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.02.2019

Let the madness begin!

Registration for the annual March Madness 3-on-3 Tournament at the Westlake Recreation Center has begun. For over 10 years boys and girls have participated in this friendly double-elimination competition. We are excited to continue this long tradition of friendly competition and sportsmanship.

The tournament has separate divisions for boys and girls subdivided in grades 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and 7 and 8. Rosters are limited four players per team with games being played on quarter courts officiated by certified referees. The Girls Division will play on Thursday, March 14, and the Boys Division will play on Saturday, March 16.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.19.2019

Bay Sea Scouts win first phase of U.S. Coast Guard challenge

Ever cognizant of the fickle nature of Lake Erie, on-the-water safety is the number one concern of the Sea Scouts and Explorer Club leadership. For a fun exercise, with that concern in mind, the youth entered the U.S. Coast Guard's Ready for Rescue Challenge, a competition to design an innovative solution to help find people in the water. 

In accepting the challenge back in October, the Sea Scouts and Explorers formed teams to brainstorm out-of-the-box ideas. The plan was to develop an inexpensive and usable product that would improve the chances of the U.S.C.G. recovering a man overboard. The Sea Scout teams, using their STEM skills, combined their efforts and submitted their conception for a “Detection Kite” – an aluminum-coated sled/parafoil kite that would reflect Coast Guard radar. It can be seen above waves from five to seven miles away. The kite clips onto a lifejacket in a pouch as a zipper pull and can, if necessary, help retain body heat if used as a head covering.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:32 AM, 11.20.2018

Westlake Rec celebrates 20 years with membership drive

The Westlake Recreation Center will commemorate its 20th year in operation throughout the month of November, beginning with a special Open House celebration on Nov. 3.

During its "Get to the Rec! 2.0" membership campaign, the Rec Center will offer several incentives to purchase or renew a membership in November, including:

  • A "Try Before You Buy" free two-week trial membership which can be used anytime during the membership drive. The trial membership allows residents and employees of Westlake businesses (who have not been a member in the past year) to tour the facility, use the indoor swimming pool, and take advantage of the facility's many fitness rooms, walking/jogging track, weight room and exercise equipment.
  • A "Throw-Back to 1998" opening day membership special which offers 13 months for the price of 12 for any new or current Rec Center members who join or renew.
  • A 20% discount for all corporate members.

Additionally, the Rec Center will offer free admission to all Westlake residents on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during a special Open House event commemorating its 20-year anniversary. The celebration will feature music, inflatables, super-heroes, face-painting, refreshments and a variety of chances to win prizes, including a free membership, swim class, birthday party package, gift cards, personal trainer session, group exercise pass, rounds of golf at Meadowood Golf Course, and Lake Erie Monster hockey tickets, among other prizes.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:06 AM, 10.16.2018

'Ohana' shines in Corporate Challenge 2018

With the end of Westlake's annual Corporate Challenge, laughter, fun and camaraderie was seen throughout the two-week-long competition. We had 14 teams competing this year but one team, Q Lab, captured the soul of this year's theme – "Ohana," or family.  

Team Q Lab has been competing in Corporate Challenge since 2014. One of their employees loved this annual event and participated every year. This July, he passed away but he had encouraged his team to be strong and win. Extending his legacy, he and his wife planned to donate backpacks to the Pack the Pack Challenge which benefitted Fox 8’s Stuff the Bus Campaign.

Having come from a large family, extended family members asked his wife what they could do to support the family. She responded that they could donate backpacks filled with school supplies, and they did. In all, his family donated 18 backpacks filled with pens, paper, rulers and much more.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:45 AM, 08.21.2018

Westlake adult softball leagues starting soon

The Westlake Recreation Department is offering fall adult softball leagues for men and women. 

Divisions will be Tuesday Coed, Wednesday Men and Thursday Men and all are doubleheaders. The season begins on Sept. 4 and continues throughout October. This is a 14-game schedule with 6:30 p.m. starts. Registration fees will be $325 a team with a $5 nonresident fee per player. Games fees are $34 a game. All game softballs are included in entry fee.

Registration deadline is Aug. 21. For more information, call Adam Rogers at 440-808-5700, ext. 3426.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:52 AM, 08.07.2018

Westlake Corporate Challenge starts July 31

Annual event aims to strengthen community bonds

"Ohana" is a term originating from the Hawaiian culture meaning family. The familial bond of Ohana extends beyond blood relation to include both adoptive and intentional relationships. These bonds within the corporate community of Westlake have inspired this year’s theme for Westlake Recreation Center’s 12th annual Corporate Challenge. Ohana is where we are stronger. Ohana is where we encourage and support one another. “Ohana is where it all begins!”

In 2007, Bob DeMinico, director of the Westlake Recreation Center, launched the first Corporate Challenge. This friendly, week-long competition was designed to foster relationships and camaraderie between Westlake businesses. Participants for the inaugural games were Cleveland Clinic Westlake, Scott Fetzer, St. John Westshore Hospital, Smith Barney, UFCS, Western, and the City of Westlake. Activities and games covered a variety of interests and abilities including a 5K race, corn hole and sand volleyball. Families attended the event to cheer on their friends and loved ones.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:23 AM, 06.19.2018

St. Lads Knights of Columbus to host charity golf outing

The Knights of Columbus St. Ladislas Council will be holding their annual charity golf outing at Bob-O-Link Golf Course on Sunday, June 24. The outing will feature a scramble format with a shotgun start at noon. In addition to the golf, the event will feature skill prizes, a putting contest and skins. The outing has a strict limit of 32 foursomes (128 golfers) first come, first serve. Twosomes are encouraged and we will pair you with another twosome.

Non-golfers are also invited to attend a steak dinner and participate in a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and reverse raffle. Contributions are also welcome for donations of silent auction items or raffle prizes. The council has partnered with several prominent charities and all proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics, Alzheimer’s Association, Matthew’s Lending Library and St. Jude Research Center.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 06.05.2018

Mayor Dennis Clough proclaims May 19-25 as ‘National Safe Boating Week’

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough recently presented several members of the North Coast Ohio Sail and Power Squadron with a special proclamation at Westlake City Hall. In addition, the mayor declared the week of May 19 to May 25 as National  Safe Boating Week to raise awareness about boating safety.

On average, 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the United States. Approximately 70 percent are fatalities caused by drowning, and the vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error or poor judgment and not by the boat, equipment or environmental factors.

A significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive today had they worn a life jacket.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.15.2018

Westlake Recreation Center launches membership drive

The Westlake Recreation Center has designated Nov. 10 through Dec. 10 as its official New Member Drive period. This year’s "Get to the Rec!" membership campaign kicks off with a chance to win one of five free memberships to residents or employees of Westlake companies who sign up at the Rec Center for a new membership by Dec. 10.

The free membership (a $295 value) will count toward the member's second-year renewal costs. To be eligible for the free membership drawing, the winners must either be new to the Rec Center or have not been a member for the past 12 months.

"As the weather turns colder and the snow starts falling, there isn't a better place to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle than the Westlake Recreation Center," said Bob DeMinico, director of the Westlake Recreation Department. "In addition to the wide variety of fitness options, the Rec Center puts on hundreds of special programs to suit all ages throughout the entire year. Choices range from Group Cycling and Pilates to Yoga and Water Walking. These classes fit virtually every fitness level for any age group. So when you are looking to spend quality family time together, look no further than us and ‘Get to the Rec.’”

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:57 AM, 11.07.2017

Bay Village Foundation Heritage Run a big success

The Bay Village Foundation’s eighth annual Heritage Run, held Oct. 21, was a big success with over 325 participants. It was a beautiful fall morning as runners and walkers took to the streets of Bay Village for what is becoming a yearly fall tradition in the city.

“I am grateful for our volunteers, sponsors and participants, as well as those who spread out along the course to cheer on the runners, for making this year’s run a great success,” remarked Kelly Sommers, Foundation trustee and co-chair of the event. “There was a great community feel that many people commented on. Several veteran runners also commented that this is the best race they have run in and specifically mentioned the quality of the medals, runner bags, and prizes and the overall organization.”

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:36 AM, 11.07.2017

Registration open for annual Bay Village Heritage Run

Make plans to run or walk through beautiful Bay Village this fall in the seventh annual Heritage Run to benefit The Bay Village Foundation, Saturday, Oct. 21. Each year, adults and children of all ages and abilities gather in Cahoon Memorial Park to participate in what has become a yearly tradition in Bay. The 5K run and 1-mile walk begin at 9:00 a.m. and wind through the streets of our scenic city, starting near the gazebo at Cahoon Park, and through neighborhoods near the middle school where residents come out to cheer on the runners. 

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.19.2017

Westlake Rec looks back on summer, plans for fall

With school preparation in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the fun we had at the Westlake Recreation Center this summer. As a new school year begins, take a moment to check out the programs and activities planned for the fall.

Our first annual Howl at the Moon dog walk kicked off our summer. This event, benefitting the Westlake Animal Shelter, included ice cream treats for dogs and their people, face painting, and of course, a dog walk along the paved trail on the Recreation Center's grounds.

The Rec Center’s annual Family Campout was a huge success! Onat Tungac, our Assistant Aquatics Director, and his family, Tracy and Charlotte, hosted the event packed with lots of fun activities. Six families spent the evening under the stars making memories, sharing laughs, and eating s’mores.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:09 AM, 08.15.2017

Bay baseball team uses heart, hustle to become champs

Capping a long season of highs and lows, the 11U Bay Rockets made the trek to Medina July 14-16 to compete in the Cuyahoga Valley Baseball Association’s year-end tournament.

The Rockets arrived as one of two teams that had to win a play-in game on Friday, July 14, to qualify as the 16th seed. Bay won, 11-10, squeaking past the Parma Heights Wings.

The next morning, minus their leadoff hitter and starting pitcher, as well as a key member of the coaching staff, the Rockets shut out the No. 1 seed Berea Braves, then later in the day bested the Premier Jammers of Brunswick. Sunday was the Final Four and the climb just got steeper.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:31 AM, 08.01.2017

A summer tradition in Westlake

​In what has become a summer tradition in the Westlake community, more than 200 area youth, along with 40 experienced coaches and counselors, recently converged on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center to participate in an activity-filled week of baseball, at the 44th annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp.

The camp, founded by Phil Bova, a respected educator, NCAA basketball official and veteran baseball instructor and clinician, who previously played in the Cleveland Indians and California Angels farm systems, is dedicated to teaching boys and girls from across Northeast Ohio the proper ​fundamentals of the game of baseball, along with developing important life skills, including responsibility, sportsmanship and respect for others.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.01.2017

Explorer Club 360 recognized with national boating safety award

The 2017 Boating Safety Youth Award, sponsored by the Boat U.S. Foundation, was given to Explorer Club 360 for their youth-oriented education program. The Boating Safety Youth Program Award is designed to recognize organizations that have created and successfully implemented innovative youth boating education programs targeting safety issues and concerns of national interest.

“Boat U.S. Foundation in partnership with the National Safe Boating Council, is proud to support the Boating Safety Youth Award and help encourage safer boating among youth,” said Chris Edmonston, President of Boat U.S. Foundation. “This year’s winner developed a strong boating safety educational program coupled with important lessons about healthy marine environments.”

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:29 AM, 07.05.2017

Team registration open for Westlake Corporate Challenge

The Westlake Recreation Department invites all employers in the city to join the 11th Annual Westlake Corporate Challenge on Monday, July 31 to Friday, Aug. 4. The competition is designed for athletes, non-athletes, and everyone in between with a list of more than 20 events. All team must be registered before Friday, June 16, by calling 440-808-5700.

The goal is to have a lot of fun while meeting and getting to know your fellow employees whom you may rarely see and network with other Westlake companies that could lead to a new business relationship. Some of the events are open to employees’ families too. Of course, it is also a way to show off your athletic prowess. (Or at least that is what you can tell your kids and co-workers who didn’t know you in high school!)

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 06.06.2017

Demons tennis season blitz continues

St. Ed’s Tournament Drama

Team tournaments once again provided season highlights for the Westlake Demons tennis team. The Demons once again were invited to do battle with seven of the region's top tennis powers in the all-day St. Edward invitational on April 9. All nine varsity members played and won at least one match.

In one of the best match-ups of elite players in Ohio, the Demons' Aris Jhaveri treated the throng of appreciative onlookers to a dramatic battle against St. Ignatius first singles player Josh Hsia – falling to the eventual champion in a third-set tiebreaker by a score of 11-9.

As the day wore on it became evident that Westlake would have a chance at an unexpected second-place finish – but after its second doubles team of Leah Chobin and Darin O'Meara fell in the finals, it would need victories in its final two matches to get past Perrysburg.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2017

March Madness hits Westlake

March Madness invaded the Westlake Recreation Center! Thursday, March 23, and Saturday, March 25, saw over 100 teams in grades 3-8 participate in the annual basketball event. Teams from all over the area came to showcase their talents on the hardwood court. 

On Thursday night, 38 girls teams with names such as the Hot Shots, Beastly Ballers, Ninja Ballers and Storm Squad caught the March Madness Fever. The winners of the girls division were: Crazy Cavs (grades 3/4), 4K (grades 5/6), and The Older 4K (grades 7/8).

Over 60 boys teams stormed the hardwood on Saturday. Teams like The Lane, C-Town Swish and Shamrock Shake started things off for the third and fourth grade boys at 8:30 a.m. Other teams like Legit Ballers, West Side Savages and Dunkin Demons followed suit. The winners of the daylong boys tournament were: Just Ballers (grades 3/4), Dunkin Demons (grades 5/6), and the Swat Team (grades 7/8).

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:21 AM, 04.04.2017

SOAR! to host spirit-filled 5K and mile walk

For 13 years, SOAR! (Sports Opportunities & Active Recreation) has provided recreation and wellness activities for adults with developmental disabilities. From bocce ball and mall walks to dancercize, aerobics, bowling, indoor/outdoor games and baseball, SOAR! offers activities year-round in six-week sessions at locations in western Cuyahoga County. Each activity is hosted in an environment of kindness, caring, love and mutual respect.

On Saturday, May 13, at 11:00 a.m., SOAR! will celebrate the lives of two people who embodied the SOAR! mission with a spirit-filled 5K and mile walk. Bob Thomas (formerly of Thomas & Thomas Photography) was a long-time volunteer, and Jim Leisz was a beloved and avid bocce ball participant, "Razzle Dazzle" performer and SOAR! cheerleader. We lost these two friends last year and the 2017 “SOAR! Spirit Walk” is dedicated to their example and friendship.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:18 AM, 03.21.2017

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.

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

Baby, it's cold outside

It may be cold outside, but inside the the Westlake Recreation Center we are all warm and toasty. Stop by and see what we have to offer. Better yet, sit back and relax, pour a nice cup of hot cocoa and check out these programs. We have even more fun for you in our full program available at www.cityofwestlake.org.

16th Annual Presidents Day Beach Party

Monday, Feb. 20, 12:30-3 p.m. What a great time to have a beach party! Enjoy music and games including the famous Big Kahuna Cannonball Classic. Please register by Feb. 17. Fee: free for members; $5/residents; $10 non-residents.

Ultimate After Hours Bash – 5th & 6th Graders

Friday, Feb. 24, 8:30-10:30 p.m. We close the doors and stay open late. Bashers will be able to enjoy some pizza and play games in the gym. Swimming in the pool while listening to DJ Eazy spinning the tunes is also an option. This program is open to all 5th and 6th graders who live in or go to school in Westlake OR are members of the Westlake Recreation Center. Please register by Feb. 23. Fee: $10/members; $15/residents.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.07.2017

Adults can play too!

The Westlake Recreation Department is proud to announce that kids don’t get to have all the fun. Adults can play too, regardless of age and or ability. We offer many different types of sports and or activities for all ages. These sports are held both inside as well as outside. Are you looking to do something once a week or are you feeling adventuresome and willing to play two or more times a week? Don’t worry, we have you covered.

We have team sports as well as individual activities. You can try everything from basketball to bocce to pickle ball. Here is only a sampling of what you can do:

Adult Softball: Leagues are now forming for the following divisions: Sunday Men DH, Sunday Night Coed, Monday Men DH, Tuesday Night Coed, Wednesday 40 & Over, Thursday Men DH. We also offer a 55 and Over Gray Eagles League on Friday nights.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:39 AM, 01.24.2017

Youth basketball time at Westlake Recreation

As the weather turns colder the sports simply go indoors. Basketball season is upon us. The Westlake Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for its Youth Basketball Leagues. These leagues are open to any child in grades 1-12 who lives in or goes to school in Westlake, or is a member of the Westlake Recreation Center. Leagues are as follows: Girls: grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9; Boys: grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.

All of the boys’ leagues are played in the Westlake Recreation Center. The girls in grades 5-6 and 7-9 will participate in the West Suburban Rec League, unless there are enough girls to form at least four teams. This league features other rec teams (non-travel) from cities like Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, Fairview Park and Berea. Half of the games are at home and the other half are away.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.18.2016