New Pickleball program!

The fastest growing sport in America!

The fastest growing sport in America!

What is Pickleball? The fastest growing sport in the country! It is a game that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It was created in 1965 by a group of friends looking for new family activities to play. Today, there are over 2.5 million pickleball participants.

Four Benefits of Playing Pickleball:

1. Pickleball is a great way to improve your fitness. Specifically, it helps your coordination, balance, and agility. It is great for weight management, as 30 minutes of casual play can burn 250 calories.

2. Pickleball is a low-impact exercise that’s easy on the joints. An official pickleball court is almost four times smaller than a tennis court. This means longer rallies, with less area to cover. This makes it easier on the knees, elbows, and back.

3. Pickleball fosters social connections. Pickleball combines the health benefits of exercising and social connections. Games can be played indoors or outdoors, and can be played as singles or doubles matches.

4. Pickleball helps manage Parkinson’s symptoms. The combination of hand-eye coordination and simple movements has been shown to be a great therapy for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Why Play Pickleball in Bellevue? Bellevue has top-notch facilities, both indoors and outdoors, to support a fantastic pickleball program. Combined with a robust, active senior population, it would seem to be a perfect match. The Recreation Department will offer pickleball programming and instruction that will be appropriate for beginners to learn the game in a welcoming environment, while also fostering a fun and competitive spirit for more experienced players.

For more information, contact the Bellevue Recreation and Parks Dept., 419-483-5555.

Introducing new Rec. Director Kenneth P. Stray

Kenneth p. stray

Kenneth p. stray

The Bellevue Recreation Board is pleased to announce the hiring of only the fourth Director in their 65-year history.

Kenneth P. Stray was hired by the Board on September 12, 2017 to fill the position of the retired and long-time director, Marc Weisenberger.

Ken comes to Bellevue from the City of Richmond Heights, where he is presently the Recreation Director there. He also works for the City of Solon as a Community Manager. Ken received a Bachelor of Science and Music Education from Case Western Reserve University in 2008. After graduation, he entered the US Marine Corps in San Diego, CA. After his service to the country, he earned a Masters of Arts in Recreation & Leisure Studies at the University of Toledo in 2014. His emphasis with this degree was Therapeutic Recreation. Ken is currently an Air Force Reservist and lives in Solon with his wife Suleika, and son William. They plan to relocate to the Bellevue area in the near future.

Ken began as the full time Recreation Director October 2, 2017.

The Bellevue Recreation Board consists of members Evelyn Woodruff, Joel Lapata, Lisa Hay, Ron Miller, City Council rep. Steve Hill, and Chairman Dave Sabo.

‘No School Open Gym’ hours

Students $2     Adults $3     Free with Center Membership

“No School Open Gym” Schedule:

When Bellevue City Schools are closed for holidays, in-service, or inclement weather, the Bellevue Community Center will implement the following schedule: 

  • Middle School: 10 a.m.–Noon
  • Elementary/Families: Noon–2 p.m.*
  • High School: 2–4 p.m.

*Children younger than nine years-old must have a parent/guardian present at all times.

Visit this page or call daily for weekday Open Gym hours.

All times are subject to change without notice.