Contact this Department

Tom Walchanowicz
Recreation Director
6363 Selig Drive
Independence, OH 44131
Phone:  (216) 524-3262

Hours of Operation
Sunday 
9:00 am to 5:00 pm 
Monday - Friday
6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am to 8:00 pm



Recreation Department

The Independence Recreation Department offers Independence residents of all ages a full range of programs and activities, throughout our multiple facilities in beautiful Elmwood Park. The crown jewel of our offerings is the Civic Center, a 78,000 square foot facility for residents to enjoy, and our Recreation Department includes a high school-size gymnasium (featuring basketball, pickleball, volleyball, and more); our upstairs Aerobic and workout area, with a variety of aerobic and exercise classes, an indoor track, treadmills, spin bikes, elliptical and rowing machines and recumbent bikes, a fully stocked weight room with Nautilus and Universal machines and more; a racquetball court; our Indoor Pool area (with steamroom, sauna, whirlpool and locker rooms); and an atrium gathering space with pool, ping-pong, and air hockey tables and vending machines. We are open nearly every day of the year and have one of the lowest residential membership rates in the area.
During the summer months, our Outdoor Pool is the #1 place to cool off, featuring an Olympic-size lap pool with diving well, activity pool with twenty-five foot water slide, play features including water cannons, tumble buckets and ‘rain drops’, and a whirlpool / spa for adults, as well as locker rooms and an air-conditioned concession stand (featuring some of the best ice cream around). 
Elmwood Park, a forty-six acre parcel of land in the center of the community, includes all the amenities to enjoy outdoor family and sporting events. Five baseball diamonds (four lighted for night games), soccer fields, Liberty Playground, Safety Town, Elmwood Pond, bocce, tennis, and pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic pavilions, and more.
In addition to our facilities, residents can also enjoy free benefits such as the complimentary use of our pavilions twice a year, and free home table & chair delivery for special events with reservation.
Click on the links to the side for more information on the Recreation Department, or for more information, call us at (216) 524-3262 or stop by our Front Desk today!

The Independence Recreation Department offers Independence residents of all ages a full range of programs and activities, throughout our multiple facilities in beautiful Elmwood Park. The crown jewel of our offerings is the Civic Center, a 78,000 square foot facility for residents to enjoy, and our Recreation Department includes a high school-size gymnasium (featuring basketball, pickleball, volleyball, and more); our upstairs Aerobic and workout area, with a variety of aerobic and exercise classes, an indoor track, treadmills, spin bikes, elliptical and rowing machines and recumbent bikes, a fully stocked weight room with Nautilus and Universal machines and more; a racquetball court; our Indoor Pool area (with steamroom, sauna, whirlpool and locker rooms); and an atrium gathering space with pool, ping-pong, and air hockey tables and vending machines. We are open nearly every day of the year and have one of the lowest residential membership rates in the area.

During the summer months, our Outdoor Pool is the #1 place to cool off, featuring an Olympic-size lap pool with diving well, activity pool with twenty-five foot water slide, play features including water cannons, tumble buckets and ‘rain drops’, and a whirlpool / spa for adults, as well as locker rooms and an air-conditioned concession stand (featuring some of the best ice cream around).

Elmwood Park, a forty-six acre parcel of land in the center of the community, includes all the amenities to enjoy outdoor family and sporting events. Five baseball diamonds (four lighted for night games), soccer fields, Liberty Playground, Safety Town, Elmwood Pond, bocce, tennis, and pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic pavilions, and more.

In addition to our facilities, residents can also enjoy free benefits such as the complimentary use of our pavilions twice a year, and free home table & chair delivery for special events with reservation.

Click on the links to the side for more information on the Recreation Department, or for more information, call us at (216) 524-3262 or stop by our Front Desk today!