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During COVID-19, our top priority is to operate with the health and safety of our members, employees, and the entire campus community in mind. Below is updated information as of Monday, February 14, 2022, about our COVID-19 operations. Most notably, masks are now optional in all JCU facilities. We will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines and recommendations from the State of Ohio, Cuyahoga County, and the University. 

What is open for use?

Available Spaces:
All JCU Recreation facilities are open for use.

Locker Rooms & Drinking Fountains:
Locker rooms and showers are open for use. Individual lockers are available for day-use for all patrons and reservable for long-term use by faculty/staff. Drinking fountains and water bottle fillers are both online and accessible.

Most fitness equipment has been returned to its original locations, but some equipment is still spaced to meet physical distancing guidelines. Sports and fitness equipment is available for checkout at the Recreation Desk, but you are still encouraged to bring your own.

Permitted Activities:
All normal activities may resume in their intended locations including basketball, racquetball, partner workouts, and spotting.

How do I access the facilities?

Who is permitted?
Current JCU students, faculty/staff, and retirees with an active Carroll Card may use facilities. Memberships are also available for alumni and faculty/staff spouses and dependents. Please visit the "Membership" section of our website for pricing and other information.

Entering the Facility:
Carroll Cards or JCU Recreation membership cards are required to gain access to all facilities.

How are we promoting a healthy environment?

Staff is conducting hourly cleaning of equipment, workstations, handrails, doors, and other high touch-point surfaces.

Gym Wipes:
Single-use disinfectant gym wipes are available and should be used by all patrons before and after equipment use.

Hand Sanitizer:
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the RecPlex and in all physically-active facilities.

How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Patrons should perform a self-screen prior to visiting the RecPlex. They should stay home if they or anyone in their household are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Face Coverings & Physical Distancing:
Face coverings and physical distancing are no longer required but highly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Patrons should use the provided disinfectant wipes before and after each use of equipment. Wipes should be disposed of after each single use.

Modified Hours | July 2022:

  • July 3-4: CLOSED - Independence Day Weekend

Summer 2022 Hours:

All Facilities:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8am-8pm
  • Friday: 8am-6pm
  • Saturday: 9am-2pm
  • Sunday: Noon-5pm

Johnson Natatorium (Open Swim):

  • Monday & Wednesday: 5-7:30pm
  • Friday: 4:30-6pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12-2pm

Future Modified Hours & Closures

We will have modified hours or closures on the following dates later this summer:

  • July 30-August 7
  • August 22-26

Beginning September 1, 2021, JCU Recreation will begin offering memberships to eligible individuals. All memberships must be purchased in-person at the Corbo Fitness Center during operating hours. Cash and check are the only acceptable forms of payment at this time.

Membership Eligibility
In order to use JCU Recreation facilities, programs, and services, individuals must fall into an individual membership category or add-on membership category.

Individual Memberships
The person with a direct relationship with John Carroll University (i.e. Student, Faculty/Staff, Retiree, and Alumni).

Add-On Memberships
Those who are either sponsored by or considered part of the immediate family of a current JCU Recreation member. Add-On Memberships are only purchased in addition to Individual Memberships.

Individual Memberships

Student, Faculty/Staff, & Retiree Memberships
All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, current faculty/staff, and retirees with an active Carroll Card are permitted to use JCU Recreation facilities, programs, and services at no charge.

Alumni Memberships
Individual Memberships are available for purchase by JCU alumni at the rates listed below. They must have obtained a degree from JCU, and status will be verified after the purchase, so documentation is not needed at the time of sale.


  • Annual Membership: $350
  • Semester Membership: $175
  • Summer Membership: $100


  • Annual: 365 days from date of purchase
  • Fall 2021: September 1-January 17
  • Spring 2022: January 18-May 15
  • Summer 2022: May 16-August 28

Add-On Memberships

Add-On Membership | Single Family Member
Individual Members may add one (1) legal spouse or natural or adopted child/stepchild 25 years old and younger. All children must be listed as a dependent on the member's tax return. They must first apply in-person with their currently-affiliated family member present. Only children who are 16 years old or older at time of purchase will receive a membership card.

Rates (annual; semester; summer):

  • Alumni: $100; $50; $25
  • Student: $100; $50; $25
  • Faculty/Staff/Retiree: No charge

Add-On Membership | Family
Individual Members may add their legal spouse and/or any natural or adopted children/stepchildren 25 years old and younger. All children must be listed as a dependent on the member's tax return. They must first apply in-person with their currently-affiliated family member, and everyone being added must be present. Only children who are 16 years old or older at time of purchase will receive a membership card.

Rates (annual; semester; summer):

  • Alumni: $150; $75; $50
  • Student: $150; $75; $50
  • Faculty/Staff/Retiree: No charge

Add-On Membership | Plus-One
Individual Members may add one (1) person of their choosing as their "plus-one". This person does not need to be affiliated with JCU beyond the person sponsoring them. The Individual Member must be present at the time of purchase, and the "plus-one" must present a photo ID. Plus-one members may not sponsor additional members.

Rates (annual; semester; summer):

  • Alumni: $450; $225; $100
  • Student: $450; $225; $100
  • Faculty/Staff/Retiree: $450; $225; $100

Other Memberships

Community & College/University Memberships
Individual Memberships are available during summer and winter breaks for any University Heights or Shaker Heights residents as well as any students currently enrolled at a college or university. Must be at least 16 years old, and a photo ID and/or university ID are required to verify eligibility. Summer 2022 memberships cost $100 for May 23-August 28.

Guest Passes
For $8 per guest, each JCU Recreation member with a membership card may sponsor up to two (2) guests per visit. Additionally, any membership-eligible individual may purchase a guest pass for a single visit. All guests must show a valid ID to use the facilities. Add-On Members may not sponsor guests.

The JCU Recreation Complex is located in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center, and facilities include:

  • Corbo Fitness Center
  • Fitness Studio
  • Intramural Gymnasium
  • Johnson Natatorium
  • Racquetball Court
  • Indoor Suspended Track

Faculty/Staff Locker Rooms:
JCU Recreation offers long-term locker reservations for all current faculty/staff and faculty/staff retirees. To request a locker, please complete our Locker Request Form. Once received, a JCU Recreation staff member will contact you with your locker assignment and start date.

Locker rooms are located near the Corbo Fitness Center. Reserving a long-term locker guarantees ongoing and overnight use until the faculty/staff member no longer wishes to have a locker. Day-use lockers are available for those who do not wish to have a long-term locker. JCU Recreation does not provide padlocks, so patrons are asked to supply their own.

Equipment available for checkout:

  • Basketballs
  • Cornhole boards
  • Footballs
  • Frisbees
  • Kam-Jam
  • Racquetballs and rackets
  • Soccer balls
  • Tennis balls and rackets
  • Volleyballs
  • Walleyballs

Group Facility Reservations:
Most facilities are available for group reservations pending review and approval. Reservations are free of charge to internal groups affiliated with JCU, and external groups may reserve facilities for a pre-determined cost. All reservations are subject to charges for additional labor or extended facility hours. To request use of any JCU Recreation space, please complete the Facility Reservation Request Form. For more information, please email

The following is a list of student employment positions with JCU Recreation. All interested students are required to apply for positions online using the university's employment website, Handshake. Current open positions, job descriptions, and application requirements can be found there and will be updated when more positions become available.

Student Employment Opportunities:
JCU Recreation is one of the largest on-campus employers with over 140 student employees overseeing day-to-day operations, programs, and services. Students play an important role by providing a safe, inclusive, and fun atmosphere for our patrons, and employment will provide you with valuable skills, opportunities, and friendships. Our entry-level opportunities include:

  • Facility Operations Attendant
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Intramural Sports Official & Scorekeeper
  • Lifeguard
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Personal Trainer

Employment Interest Form:
Interested in working for JCU Recreation but the position you seek is not currently available on Handshake? Complete our Employment Interest Form, and we will contact you when positions become available in your area of interest.

Who is eligible to access the RecPlex?
All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, current faculty/staff, retirees, and any individuals with a current membership. Membership is required to access all facilities and can be purchased at the Recreation Desk during its normal hours of operation.

What if I forget my university ID or Department of Recreation membership card?
All members must present a valid university ID or membership card or pay the $8 guest fee.

What if I want to try the RecPlex before purchasing a membership?
Any membership-eligible individual who does not have a current membership may pay the $8 guest fee to access the facility.

If I attended John Carroll University but didn’t graduate, am I eligible for an Alumni Membership?
To be eligible for an Alumni Membership, you must have graduated from John Carroll University.

Can I drop off my children to use the facilities?
Members may purchase memberships for their children/dependents. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times when using the RecPlex.

Department of Recreation
1 John Carroll Blvd.
RecPlex 151
University Heights, OH 44118

Recreation Desk: 216-397-1610
Recreation Office: 216-397-3092

Director of Recreation:
Matt Clark

Graduate Assistant, Facility Operations & Memberships:
Allison Kwan

Graduate Assistant, Recreational Programs:
Kaitlyn Novicky