Wadsworth High School & Community Center Campus

Façe;ade of the Wadsworth Community Center, displying the Y's logo

The Wadsworth Center, opened in late 2012, includes the Soprema Senior Center and Café; WCTV, the City's community television studio; a recreation center (managed by the YMCA); a Wadsworth Public Library kiosk; and, a Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital satellite facility. The Center comprises 70,000 square feet of the 450,000 square foot community complex that also includes Wadsworth High School and is the result of collaboration between the City and Wadsworth City Schools.

Recreation/ YMCA

The Y's (YMCA) logo: for youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility

Wadsworth YMCA
623 School Drive
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

The recreation area of the Community Center is managed by the Akron Area YMCA and includes a competition pool, a family pool, a therapy pool, field house (a shared facility with the high school), multi-purpose rooms and a fitness center.

Offering fitness programs for both youth and adults, the YMCA also participates in the Silver Sneakers program which allows senior citizens with certain insurance/Medicare programs to obtain a membership for free. Members of the Wadsworth YMCA enjoy the following benefits:

  • Access to all 6 Akron Area YMCA* branches, plus access to 7 YMCAs of Central Stark County membership branches
  • No or reduced program fees
  • Free Child Watch with a family membership while they workout
  • Reduced fees on Child Care and Before & After school programs
  • Availability of Personal Training
  • Annual benefit coupons - a $150 value

Memberships are available online or by calling the YMCA at 330-334-9622 -- or simply stop by to check out the facility's offerings.

Summa Health System

Summa Health System Logo

621 School Drive
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, an acute care general hospital, has expanded its facilities to offer physicians' offices, a radiology lab, and physical therapy facilities at the Wadsworth Community Center. The facility was fully opened in early 2013. The main hospital, located at 195 Wadsworth Road, has 113 registered beds and is one of the area's largest employers. Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.

Soprema Senior Center & Café

Soprema Senior Center and Café Logo

617 School Drive
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

The Soprema Senior Center includes meeting and activity facilities, as well as the Soprema Café which opened in early 2013. With a current membership of more that 4,350 seniors, the Senior Center is a community focal point committed to promoting successful aging by providing a full range of social, recreational, educational and supportive services for older adults.

The Center has partnered with a variety of area community groups to provide expanded offerings to its members and is proud beneficiary of the support of the Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation, which serves as the fundraising 'arm' of the Center, offering resources and volunteer support to staff and senior participants, alike.

WCTV (Wadsworth Community Television)

Wadsworth Community Television Logo

619 School Drive
Wadsworth, Ohio 44281

WCTV, the City of Wadsworth's PEG access television station, is owned by the City of Wadsworth and operates three channels: Public (channel 15), Educational (channel 16) and Government (channel 17). The studio offers residents the opportunity to produce their own programs using the studio's equipment and studio space; and, staff members will provide the training to do both the recording and editing needed -- all free of charge. WCTV also provides FREE public service announcements, in addition to advertising opportunities for local businesses and organizations at a reasonable cost.

Wadsworth Public Library

Wadsworth Library Logo

Community Center - School Drive

Wadsworth Public Library kiosk at the Community Center includes computers for public use and limited borrowing and return of library materials. The library area at the entryway to the Community Center offers comfortable seating for those looking for a bit of respite and also provides a view of the Community Center pool area.

Outdoor Pool Design

Work progresses on plans for the City's new outdoor pool, to be located to the north of the Community Center. Braun and Steidl Architects Inc. has been hired as the design team for the project; and, the City is currently working to contract with a construction management team for the pool which - weather and circumstances permitting - will open during the summer of 2013. (Outdated)

The City of Wadsworth conducted a survey and held three charettes in planning the design of the pool, resulting in a base plan and two enhanced designs prepared by Braun and Steidl. While each succeeding design builds on the base plan with the addition of more amenities, the final plan will likely incorporate features from all three, with costs ranging from $2 to $4 million. Thorson Baker (civil engineering consultant), McHenry and Associates (mechanical and electrical engineering consultant) and Counsilman-Hunsaker (a nationally recognized aquatic designer), joined Braun and Steidl in planning the project.

Draft Pool Designs: Base Plan, Base Plan Plus, Master Plan, Charette PDF.

How did we get here?

Front of the new high school

The new Wadsworth High School at 625 Broad Street opened for the 2012-13 school year and was partially funded under the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program administered by the Ohio Facilities Commission.

Pre-rendering of the new high school and community center

Presentations: City of Wadsworth Survey Results, Community Presentation 5/1/08, Community Meeting 5/29/08, Press Release 8/20/08, Presentation Diagram 1 (Gif, 436kb), Presentation Diagram 2 (Gif, 94.8kb), Presentation Diagram 3 (Gif, 78kb)