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Middlefield Has Summer Options for Adults, Families
June 12, 2014 by Jamie Ward | No Comments

As the Middlefield recreation director, Mike Dutton oversees a greater scope of programs and events ...

As the Middlefield recreation director, Mike Dutton oversees a greater scope of programs and events than he did at his former post at the Geauga YMCA.

And in six months on the job, that has allowed him to be more creative.

He’s bringing pickleball, for instance.

Pickleball is a racket sport in which two to four players use paddles to hit a ball over a net, and Middlefield is holding two tournaments this summer, on July 19 and Aug. 2.

Dutton said other communities like Mentor have also introduced the sport.

“It’s a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong,”?Dutton said. “It’s played on a tennis court, a lot of the rules are like badminton. The ball, which looks like a wiffleball, can bounce.”

Pickleball is the most unique offering in the village this summer, but there are plenty of other park and rec events for residents.

Dutton, from Chardon, said Middle-field is a close-knit community of people who are really active in the community, especially with Middlefield’s youth.

The new martial arts program will begin June 16 and run until Aug. 17. Dutton said it’s a good youth and family option, and that an adult class is in the works.

“It’s a great program that the kids are learning a lot in,” Dutton said.

Classes are held at Cardinal High School, where participants can earn the various degrees and belts.

The annual ABC — Amish Buggy Classic — will be July 26 at 8 a.m. on Sperry Lane. The 5K, in its 14th year, begins with an Amish buggy leading the runners in the beginning.

The rec baseball and softball leagues are in full swing, but a second session adult softball league begins Aug. 1 and runs until Sept. 26. Those leagues will play at Yoder Brothers’ Park. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

The Cops N’ Kids “Take Me Fishing” program is set for June 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. Held at Mineral Lake Park, this is a free event where families in our community can enjoy a fun day of fishing. Youth can also participate in a variety of different contests for cool prizes.

Another new offering for children aged 6 to 12 this summer is the Summer Day Camp.

The camp will be five weeks long and feature a new theme each week. Busy families might find early drop-off and late pick-up options appealing.

Information about all the programs, including the fall tackle football and soccer programs, is available by visiting the village’s recreation/parks webpage from

Dutton also helped complete the village’s online registration launch, which allows people to sign up for programs and pay without visiting the municipal center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dutton encourages everyone to use the website because of its convenience. Recent sign-ups for Middlefield’s Safety Town were at about two-thirds online, Dutton said.

“When people come into the center, we’re trying to drive people to the website,” he said.

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