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JCU Recreation Reopening

The JCU RecPlex will reopen on Monday, August 10. Our top priority is to reopen 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?

Facility Hours (August 10-28)

  • Monday-Friday: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM and 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Hours will be expanded when classes begin on Monday, August 31

Available Spaces
Facility and equipment use is first-come, first-serve until maximum capacity has been reached. We are not using a reservation system at this time.

  • August 10-30: IM Gym & Fitness Studio
  • August 31: Johnson Natatorium opens
  • Mid-September: Corbo Fitness Center opens
  • Racquetball court and suspended track are closed until further notice

Functional fitness and limited cardio and strength equipment is available in the IM Gym. Dumbbells, benches, kettlebells, and functional fitness equipment is available in the Fitness Studio. You are encouraged to bring your own mats, towels, small weights, bands, and other items.

Permitted Activities
Due to space constraints and safety guidelines, only fitness-related activities are permitted at this time. Sports and sports equipment is not permitted, and no equipment is available for checkout. This will be reevaluated when the Corbo Fitness Center opens.

How do I access the facilities?

Who is permitted?
Only current JCU students and faculty/staff 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 Fall 2020 semester.

Entering the Facility
Carroll Cards are required and will be self-swiped at the Recreation Desk 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 will then choose which facility to use during their visit.

Fitness Studio (capacity = 14)
Patrons using the Fitness Studio will leave their Carroll Card at the Recreation Desk to confirm their spot. When they are finished, they will return to the desk to retrieve their card. If maximum capacity is reached, a wait list will be created.

IM Gym (Court 1 capacity = 30; Court 2 capacity = 40)
Patrons using the IM Gym will take their Carroll Card with them. Court 1 does not require additional check-in and is open for cardio, running, stretching, and other informal fitness. Court 2 requires check-in with another JCU Recreation staff member and providing a Carroll Card to obtain a personal, physically distant workout square. If maximum capacity is reached, a wait list will be created.

What other adjustments are being made?

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

Entrances & Exits
All doors to the IM Gym and Fitness Studio will be propped open with designated entrances and exits to assist with traffic-flow.

COVID-19 educational and directive signage will be 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 7-10 feet apart. Individual workout squares are 10' x 10' in the IM Gym and 8' x 7' in the Fitness Studio. 

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, and electrostatic sprayers will be used daily.

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 including the IM Gym and Fitness Studio.

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. 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.

2019-2020 Academic Year Hours

The hours listed below are our normal operating hours during the academic year. All upcoming modified hours are listed above, and future modified hours are listed below.

Corbo Fitness Center:

  • Monday-Thursday: 6:00 AM - midnight
  • Friday: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM - midnight

Intramural Gym/Track, Fitness Studio, & Racquetball Courts:

  • Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 AM - midnight
  • Friday-Saturday: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Johnson Natatorium:

  • Monday-Thursday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Saturday-Sunday: Noon - 4:00 PM

Future Modified Hours & Closures

We will have modified hours on the following dates that will be outlined above.

  • Easter Break | April 8-13
  • Summer Break | May 8 - August 30
  • Memorial Day | May 25

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

Students, Faculty, & Staff
All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, as well as current faculty and staff, are permitted to use Department of 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 Department of 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.

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

  • Corbo Fitness Center
  • Intramural Gymnasium
  • Johnson Natatorium
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Indoor Jogging Track
  • Fitness Studio

Equipment available for checkout at the Recreation Desk includes:

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

All facilities are available for reservation 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. For more information or to reserve facility space, please contact Matt Clark, Director of Recreation (

The following is a list of student employment positions within the JCU Department of 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
The Department of Recreation is one of the largest on-campus employers at JCU 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 Department of 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 and staff, 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

Director of Aquatics:
Mark Fino