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21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

(440) 331-0600

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Don Umerley Civic Center

21016 Hilliard Blvd.


The Don Umerley Civic Center is open and waiting for you! The "Recreation" side of the building houses a two court gymnasium, indoor track, aquatic center, fitness center, group fitness studios, indoor playground, babysitting room and more!

Memberships are available for Rocky River residents and employees of Rocky River businesses.

For the most up-to-date information on fees, memberships, and hours please call the Welcome Desk at 440-895-2599.  

Civic Center Hours

The Civic Center Is Closed On The Following Holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

The Civic Center Is Closed On The Following Holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Memorial Hall 

21016 Hilliard Blvd.


The "Memorial Hall" side of the Civic Center features the large Memorial Hall, mid-size Community Room, and one smaller Club Room which are available to rent for parties, meetings, showers and community events.

Hamilton Ice Arena

21018 Hilliard Blvd.

440-356-5656  (Open September - March)

Skating lessons, open skates, adult skates, youth hockey and special events are provided for both residents and non-residents. Birthday parties may be scheduled during afternoon open skates.

Hamilton Ice Arena is open from September through March, and offers open skates, lessons for all ages, travel hockey, and birthday parties.  It is also the home ice for the Rocky River High School Hockey Teams.

In the spring, the ice is melted away and replaced with soccer turf.  During the spring and summer the turf is used for indoor soccer programs, soccer leagues, day camp and a variety of other activities.

Outdoor Municipal Pool “Water Zone

21018 Hilliard Blvd.

440-356-5660  (Open June - Labor Day) 

The Water Zone is open early June through Labor Day. The attached spray ground opens in May closes in mid-September weather permitting.  Residents may purchase season passes or pay admission at the door. Proof of residency is required.  Four two-week sessions of swimming lessons are offered, beginning in mid-June.

Elmwood Cabin at Elmwood Park

600 Elmwood Road

440-356-5657 (Reservations)

The original Elmwood Cabin was built in the 1950's. In November, 2002, a fire of undetermined origin destroyed the cabin. City administration, community members and businesses rallied not only to replace the cabin but to enhance it.

Rocky River resident and architect, John Milloy donated his time and talent to the project. His plan sought to re-create the original cabin with updated features. General contractor was Apex Construction. The new cabin is a 2400 square foot building with wooden timbers, dramatic stone and glass block. 

Seating capacity inside the cabin is 80 people. The covered outside pavilion has 6 picnic tables. The cabin is heated and has restroom facilities. Inside and outside fireplaces; kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and range; internet and cable TV connections and attached covered picnic shelter will make this facility popular for Rocky River residents and community groups for years to come.

Special thanks to the following organizations for their efforts in raising funds to assist in rebuilding the cabin and landscaping the grounds:

  • Smythe, Cramer's Rocky River Office sold mugs and t-shirts with proceeds going to cabin rebuilding.

  • Beach Cliff Garden Club made a $250 donation towards new landscaping.

  • Rocky River Parks & Recreation Foundation raised $20,000 from the 2003 "Hole in One Shootout" with those funds earmarked for cabin reconstruction. Funds raised at the Foundation's benefit clambake in October 2003 were used for landscaping.


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Rocky River Recreation Department Mobile Device Policy

1.  Phone calls, texts and photography are strictly prohibited in any activity area, including classrooms, locker rooms or restrooms, including the fitness center in the Don Umerley Civic Center, multi-purpose room, gymnasium, track and inside the indoor and outdoor pool areas, except as follows:
•    For emergency use with notification to Recreation Department Management;
•    For use for listening to audio, viewing purposes or using fitness-related applications;
•    For mobile device use in designated areas which have been identified by Recreation Department Management;
•    For photographic use upon written authorization obtained by Recreation Department Management which authorization designates the specific purpose, subject and area for photography.
2.  Any prohibited use of such mobile devices as stated above may result in corrective action up to and including permanent dismissal from all recreational facilities and programs, and may also result in a referral for further investigation by the proper law enforcement agency.  This policy effective March 2017