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Recreation Center

Blue Ash Recreation Center

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Gym Schedule and Reservations

Originally built in 1979, the Blue Ash Recreation Center was considered state-of-the-art with a gymnasium, exercise facilities, and an outdoor pool. The pool was the second largest re-circulating pool in the Cincinnati area, second only to Coney Island.

To meet popular demands, the Recreation Center was renovated in the fall 1994. Renovations included the Fitness Center, which now features state-of-the art strength and cardiovascular equipment, and a 10,000 square foot gymnasium, complete with wood floor, bleacher seating, athletic and banquet lighting, an elevated stage, and a food service area that can be utilized, on a limited basis, as a banquet and meeting facility.

The Recreation Center under-went a second renovation in 2007-2009. This expansion and renovation project replaced most of the outdated 1979 building and enhanced the other parts of the facility. The result is a 120,000 sq. ft. facility with renovated and new leisure and recreation spaces including: an indoor 1/10th of a mile track, 2-story fitness center, whirlpool and saunas, new locker rooms, family changing rooms, cafe and lounge, climbing wall, game room, fitness studios, meeting spaces and other enhancements.


 

AMENITIES

  • Outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool
  • 145-foot dual twist-tube water slides
  • Outdoor wading pool featuring a variety of children's interactive play features
  • Eight outdoor lighted tennis courts
  • 12-acre nature park (shelters available for rental)
  • Soccer/baseball field
  • Two gymnasiums
  • Two racquetball courts
  • 2-story fitness center - includes two fitness studios, access to the climbing wall, and an elevated indoor track
  • Locker rooms - featuring dry saunas and individual shower stalls
  • Family changing rooms
  • Whirlpool
  • Cafe and lounge
  • 1,400 sq. ft. climbing wall
  • Game room - featuring billiards, table tennis, air hockey, Wii, 50" flat screen TV, arcade games, and more!
  • Tot playroom
  • Meeting rooms (available for rental)

MEMBERSHIP AND FACILITY USE INFORMATION
Click here for current information on memberships, admissions, and facility policies at the Recreation Center.
*Due to COVID-19, some of the facility policies have been temporarily changed to follow all state and local health department guidelines. Click here to learn about these changes. 

MEMBERSHIPS
The Recreation Center is a “controlled access” facility and requires a membership to utilize the amenities. Click here for more information on memberships. If a membership card is forgotten, a guest fee will be charged to the account in order to gain entrance into the facility. A lost card may be replaced for $5.

Those who do not have a current membership are considered guests. These rules apply to all guests:

  • Guests must accompany a member at all times unless they are a resident of Blue Ash.
  • Residents who do not hold a current membership will be granted into the facility after verification and proof of residence is established and charged a daily admission fee.
  • Residents who do not hold a current membership will be considered “guests”.
  • Guests are not permitted to purchase guest passes for use.

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GUEST PASSES - New fees and number of free guest passes effective starting October 1, 2020

  •  All Annual Single Membership Passes will receive (3) Free Guest Passes
  • All Annual Family Membership Passes will receive (5) Free Guest Passes
  • $10 Guest fee for members ages 16 to 61
  • $5 Guest fee for members ages 3-15 and 62+
HOURS (Labor Day - Memorial Day)
  • Monday-Thursday
    • Open to all Members & Guests                   6:00a – 2:00p
    • Building Closed for Sanitizing                      2:00p – 3:00p
    • Open for Seniors & High Risk Patrons        3:00p – 4:00p
    • Open to all Members & Guests                   4:00p – 9:30p
  • Friday
    • Open to all Members & Guests                   6:00a – 2:00p
    • Building Closed for Sanitizing                      2:00p – 3:00p
    • Open for Seniors & High Risk Patrons        3:00p – 4:00p
    • Open to all Members & Guests                   4:00p – 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • Open to all Members & Guests                   8:00a – 6:00p
  • Sunday
    • Open to all Members & Guests                  10:00a – 4:00
  •  Closed Sunday, April 4, 2021

LOCKERS
Lockers are available for daily use by simply bringing your own lock with you. If you do not have a lock, they are available for purchase at the Welcome Desk for $5. Overnight usage of daily lockers is not permitted. If you would like to use a locker overnight, you may rent a locker with your membership for a fee of $25 per year.

(Updated April 23, 2021) HALF BLUE GYM 
Usage of the half Blue Gym for open gym requires a reservation. To make a reservation, click here or use the Blue Ash Recreation Center app. Sessions are 30 minutes in length. Reservations may be made one week in advance beginning at midnight, and up until the beginning of the session time. Be respectful and do not over-reserve.

Half Blue Gym capacity will be limited to 20 individuals per session. You must book a spot for ALL MEMBERS/GUESTS of your party including non-active individuals. No more than 20 individuals will be permitted in the half Blue Gym at one time

CANCELLATIONS
Reservations may be cancelled up until one hour before the session begins. Please be respectful to other members and remember to cancel your reservation.

SAFETY MEASURES

  • Basketball games are allowed and masks may be removed while actively engaged in play. 
  • Users must remain socially distanced and wear a face covering at all other times.
  • We encourage members to bring their own basketballs, but we will have sanitized basketballs available for check out at the front desk.
  • Hand sanitizer is located inside the half gym. Sanitizer spray is available for use to sanitize surfaces.

  • The bleachers are available for use. Please only sit in the designated, marked spots to maintain 6ft distancing. Be respectful and considerate of those around you and maintain 6ft distancing. Please sanitize bleachers before and after use.

(Updated April 23, 2021) LUNCHTIME BASKETBALL - AGES 18+
Lunchtime Basketball program is temporarily suspended. 

(Updated April 23, 2021) SENIOR BASKETBALL - AGES 62+
Join Senior Basketball on Tuesdays and Fridays! Open gym safety rules apply.  

RESERVATIONS

To participate, reservations are required. To make a reservation, click here or use the Blue Ash Recreation Center app. Total Senior Basketball capacity will be limited to 20 individuals for the program. You must book a spot for ALL MEMBERS of your party and everyone is required to check-in at the Welcome Desk. Reservations may be made one week in advance beginning at midnight, and up until the beginning of the session time.

Confirmation - You will receive an email confirming your reservation.  A link is provided in that email that will allow all members to view and/or cancel your reservations.

CANCELLATIONS
Reservations may be cancelled up until one hour before the session begins. Please note that individuals who do not cancel their reservations prior to the start time of Senior Basketball will risk losing their reservation privileges for 7 days. To cancel your reservation, either view your reservation and cancel it directly from your email or call the recreation center and one of our staff will cancel the reservation for you (745-8550). We understand life throws us curveballs, if you must cancel your reservation within the hour of the session time, please cancel by calling the recreation center staff.  The reservation maker is responsible for all members of their party and will be the one to lose their reservation privilege if any member of their party does not show.

SCHEDULE
Days: Tuesdays & Fridays
Time: 9 – 11AM
Free and open to the public! (must be at least 65 years of age to participate)