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During the Spring 2021 semester, the RecPlex is operating under a reservation-only system. Members are required make an online reservation for a predetermined time block to access and enter all facilities. Time blocks may vary by space/activity and are subject to change.

Sign-Up Information:

  • Individual time slots are available for sign-up two (2) days in advance starting at 5:00 AM.
  • Only one (1) reservation per day in the entire RecPlex is permitted. Choosing more than one facility is not permitted.
  • You may only reserve space for yourself and may not reserve on behalf of someone else.

Facility Entry:

  • Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the start of your reservation.
  • You may arrive at any time during your time slot but are required to leave by the end of the time slot.

What to Bring:

  • Face covering - Must be worn at all times
  • Carroll Card
  • #CampusClear app
  • Water bottle - Only bottle fillers are available

Facility Information & Activities

Corbo Fitness Center:

  • Facility capacity: 30 per time slot
  • Equipment: Primary cardio and strength facility

Fitness Studio:

  • Facility capacity: 12 per time slot
  • Equipment: Treadmills (3), ellipticals (4), rower (1), spin bikes (2) upright bike (1), recumbent bike (1), and functional strength equipment

IM Gym:

  • Facility capacity: 8-20 per time slot
  • Activities: Basketball shooting, net sports, and yard games

Johnson Natatorium:

  • Facility capacity: 6 per time slot (1 swimmer per lane)
  • Activities: Open swim in lap pool

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 information about our plans to help minimize the potential exposure to COVID-19 and deter it from spreading at JCU. We will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines and recommendations from the State of Ohio, Cuyahoga County, and the University. Please continue to visit this page for periodic updates as we prepare for the academic year.

What is open for use?

Available Spaces:
During the Spring 2021 semester, the Corbo Fitness Center, Fitness Studio, IM Gym, and Johnson Natatorium are available for use via reservation only. The racquetball court and suspended track are closed until further notice. Once in each facility, all equipment use is first-come, first-serve.

Most fitness equipment is spaced to meet physical distancing guidelines and is available for use. No sports or fitness equipment is available for checkout, but you are encouraged to bring your own fitness mats, small weights, bands, basketballs, etc.

Permitted Activities:
Fitness-related activities are permitted in the Corbo Fitness Center and Fitness Studio. In the IM Gym, individual basketball hoops are available for shooting only along with other physically-distant sports and games.

How do I access the facilities?

Facility Reservations - Required During Spring 2021:
To safely operate and limit our capacity during COVID-19, all facilities require an individual reservation to gain access. No reservation = No access. CLICK HERE TO MAKE A RESERVATION!

Who is permitted?
Only current JCU students, faculty/staff, and retirees with an active Carroll Card may use facilities at this time. Alumni, spouses/dependents, Courtesy Cards, community members, and guests are not permitted during the Spring 2021 semester.

Entering the Facility:
Carroll Cards are required and will be self-swiped to gain access to all facilities. JCU Recreation staff will perform a brief temperature screening to ensure a temperature of 100.3 degrees or less. Patrons must also provide proof of a "Good-To-Go" confirmation on the #CampusClear app. For those without a smartphone, in-person options are available for the #CampusClear app.

What to Bring:

  • Face covering - Must be worn at all times
  • Carroll Card
  • #CampusClear app
  • Water bottle - Only bottle fillers are available

What other adjustments are being made?

Plexiglass & Floor Markings:
Plexiglass barriers are installed at all staff workstations. Should lines form, patrons should follow the designated floor markings to maintain 6-feet of distance.

Entrances & Exits:
Most doors are propped open with designated entrances and exits to assist with traffic-flow.

COVID-19 educational and directive signage is posted throughout the facilities including reminders to wear masks and practice physical distancing and good hygiene.

Equipment & Floor Spacing:
All stationary equipment and benches are 6-10 feet apart. Equipment should not be move from its designated location with the exception of dumbbells, plates, barbells, medicine balls, etc.

Locker Rooms & Drinking Fountains:
The lockers rooms are open as changing spaces and restrooms only. All showers and individual lockers are closed. Patrons may bring small bags and personal into the facilities, but lockable storage is not available. Drinking fountains are offline, but water bottle fillers are accessible.

How are we promoting a healthy environment?

Staff is conducting hourly cleaning of equipment, workstations, handrails, doors, and other high touch-point surfaces. Deep cleaning will also be conducted upon closure of the RecPlex each night.

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.

Emergency Response:
Should a medical emergency occur and CPR or rescue breaths need to be administered, two-person bag valve masks will be used by JCU Recreation staff members who are certified through the American Red Cross until advanced medical professionals arrive.

How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Patrons should perform a self-screen prior to visiting the RecPlex, including completing a daily check-in with the #CampusClear app. They should stay home if they or anyone in their household are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Face Coverings:
In compliance with university guidelines and recommendations from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), face coverings are required at all times. This includes during active exercise of any kind.

Hand Sanitizing:
Patrons should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving the RecPlex.

Physical Distancing:
Patrons should stay at least 6-feet from others at all times. Spotting and partner workouts are not permitted, and only controllable weights should be used.

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 | Easter Break | March 30-April 6

  • March 30: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
  • March 31: Noon-6:00 PM (only Corbo Fitness Center open)
  • April 1-4: CLOSED
  • April 5-6: Noon-6:00 PM (only Corbo Fitness Center open)

Spring 2021 Semester Hours

The RecPlex is currently operating under reservation-only system. Members may make a reservation for a predetermined time block during the following facility hours. Time blocks may vary by space and activity. CLICK HERE TO MAKE A RESERVATION!

Corbo Fitness Center, Fitness Studio, & IM Gym

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:00 AM-10:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
  • Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 AM-8:00 PM

Johnson Natatorium:

  • Monday-Friday: 10:45 AM-12:45 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Saturday-Sunday: 12:00-4:00 PM
  • Open swim times are subject to change due to Swim & Dive team practice

Indoor Track & Racquetball Court:

  • Closed due to COVID-19 safety guidelines
  • Facilities may reopen at a later date

Future Modified Hours & Closures

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

  • Exam Week | May 8-14
  • Senior Week | May 15-23
  • Summer | Hours & Dates TBD

**Due to COVID-19, only current JCU students, faculty/staff, and retirees with an active Carroll Card are permitted to use JCU Recreation facilities during the Spring 2021 semester. All other memberships are not being offered at this time. Please check back at a later date for updates.***

Membership Eligibility:
In order to use JCU Recreation facilities, programs, and services, individuals must fall into one of the membership-eligible groups listed below.

Students, Faculty/Staff, & Retirees:
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. Their spouses and/or natural or adopted children and stepchildren 25 years old and younger are also eligible for a membership at no charge but must first apply in-person at the Recreation Desk with their currently-affiliated family member present.

Alumni Memberships:
Memberships are available for purchase by JCU alumni at the rates listed below. They may be purchased in-person at the Recreation Desk. All family memberships include spouse and/or natural or adopted children and stepchildren 25 years old and younger at the time of purchase. Spouses and children 16 years old and over will get their own cards if a family membership is purchased. Children and dependents under age 16 must be accompanied by parents at all times.

Graduated 5 years ago or less:

  • Individual (12 month): $250
  • Individual (6 month): $125
  • Family (12 month): $400
  • Family (6 month): $200

Graduated more than 5 years ago:

  • Individual (12 month): $300
  • Individual (6 month): $150
  • Family (12 month): $450
  • Family (6 month): $225

Guest Passes:
For $8 per guest, each JCU Recreation member 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 valid identification to use the facilities.

Community & College Memberships:
During specific times of the year, residents of University Heights and Shaker Heights, as well as any students currently enrolled at a college or university, are eligible to purchase short-term memberships. Please contact for more information and specific dates memberships are available.

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

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