By Kevin Kelley
The Westlake Recreation Center will be able to handle any potential increase in members following the May 31 closing of the private Five Seasons Family Sports Club, Westlake Recreation Director Mike Rump said.
Located at 28955 Hilliard Blvd., the Westlake Recreation Center now has about 12,500 members but can handle up to 16,000 members, Rump told West Life.
“We’re certainly able to handle more members,” he said.
Rump said that the center has already fielded a number of phone calls Wednesday from Five Seasons members seeking information about the rec center’s summer day camp programs for children. After months of rumors, news of the sale of the Five Seasons property to Hyland Software was confirmed by several news publications the day before.
Crain’s Cleveland Business quoted Thomas Deere, the chief operating officer of Five Season’s corporate parent, as blaming competition from the municipal rec center in part for the decision to sell Five Seasons.
While some individuals and families were members of both the Westlake Recreation Center and Five Seasons, Rump said he didn’t believe the two facilities were in direct competition.
“I’m not sure how much competition we posed,” Rump replied when asked about Deere’s statement.
Both Five Seasons and the city – at the rec center and at Clague Park – have pools. However, unlike Five Seasons, the municipal rec center lacks indoor tennis courts. At a Feb. 21 Westlake City Council meeting at which a zoning change to the Five Seasons property was discussed and approved, Council President Mike Killeen said that tennis courts were not requested in a survey of Westlake residents taken when the municipal rec center was in the planning stages. Therefore they were not built as part of the center, he said.
Rump said he believes that the Paramount Tennis Club, which opened in September 2010 on Viking Parkway, will benefit more from Five Seasons’ demise than the rec center.