Recreation Center

Mayor Douglas Cannon, Recreation Center Plaque
Plaque in Honor of Mayor Cannon

A Vision

Mayor Douglas Cannon, who served the Village from 1994 until 2005, was the driving force behind the creation of the Recreation Center. Mayor Cannon’s vision for a “Community Center” began in 1997. On June 25 of that year, the Village Council gave him the authority to apply for a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Rural Development grant and loan to remodel the old Crooksville High School gym.

Construction began in 1998 and the remodeling was completed in February 2000. It was through Mayor Cannon’s untiring efforts and leadership that Crooksville’s citizens of all ages can enjoy year-round recreation, programs and events.

Current programming includes a climbing wall, an archery program, youth basketball, karate, and other special events.

The Recreation center may be rented for special events through the Village Office. Please call Angel Hinkle at (740) 982-2712, ext. 123 for rental information and availability.

Please follow the Recreation Center Facebook page for up-to-date information on programs and schedules.

Climbing Wall

Village of Crooksville - Recreation Center - Climbing Wall
The Climbing Wall

The first program to open was the Climbing Wall, which was built by local climber labor. The program has been operated since its inception by Chris and Teresa Rice and friends as unpaid volunteers.

The climbing community throughout the United States has donated new and used climbing shoes, harnesses, belay devices, holds and money to help supply the Crooksville climbing program.

The climbing wall caters to people of all ages and from all walks of life. It has even gone international with visitors from Mexico, Germany-Austria and Slovakia. Climbers who have reached the top have ranged from two years of age to 74. And that also includes some handicapped and disabled climbers as well.

Archery Program

The Archery program was established soon after the Climbing Wall. It has been run by Steve McNeal and Wayne Frash and friends, also as unpaid volunteers.

Youth Basketball

The youth basketball program serves grades one through four.


Village of Crooksville - Recreation Center
Recreation Center Interior
  • Rec Center Schedule – during basketball season
  • Sunday:   Archery 1-4 p.m. (longer on competition days)(no basketball)
  • Monday:   Basketball 5-8 p.m. (both ends)
  • Tuesday:   Basketball 5-8 p.m. (both ends)
  • Wednesday:   Archery 6-9 p.m.(no basketball)
  • Thursday:   Climbing Wall 5:30 p.m. (set up) and 6-8:00 p.m. (climbing) and 8-8:30 (cleanup)
    Basketball one end only. All practices must be off the end where the climbing wall is located by 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday:   Basketball 5-8 p.m. (both ends)
  • Saturday (in December):   to be determined
  • Saturday (starting in January until approximately March 1):   Basketball games all day
  • Special Notes:
  • Special occasions may be rented through the Village Office
  • Any basketball coach who wants to practice other than the hours posted here must okay it through Shane Dorsey, who will check with the Village Office to see is something else has been scheduled during those open times.
  • Do not assume that the gym is available at any time during the Holiday Season as we have special rental events on occasion. Any special rental event will take precedence as they will have paid for that time.

  • Rec Center Schedule – before and after basketball season
  • Sunday:   Archery 1-4 p.m. (longer on competition days)
  • Monday:   Open
  • Tuesday:   Open
  • Wednesday:   Archery 6-9 p.m.
  • Thursday:   Climbing Wall 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday:   Open
  • Saturday:   Open
  • Special Notes:
  • Special occasions may be rented through the Village Office
  • This does NOT means that you can just come in during open times without checking first with the Village Office, Steve McNeal, Shane Dorsey or Chris Rice to see if anything else has been scheduled.


Village of Crooksville - Exterior of Recreation Center
Recreation Center Exterior
  • Climbing Wall Rates
  • $3.00 for adults
  • $2.00 for students
  • $6.00 for a family

  • Recreation Center Rental Rates
  • $100.00 for two hours
  • $150.00 for four hours
  • These rates include a $50.00 deposit that will be returned as long as the Recreation Center is cleaned up after your event and your key returned.
  • To rent the Recreation Center, please call Angel Hinkle at (740) 982-2712, ext. 123 for rental information and availability.

Contact Information

  • To report a problem at the Recreation Center, call the Crooksville Police Department at (740) 982-2666 and they will contact the appropriate people.
  • Archery – Steve McNeal (740) 982-5120
  • Climbing Wall – Chris Rice (740) 982-3510
  • Girls and Boys Basketball (Grades 1-4) – Shane Dorsey (740) 704-6052
  • Karate – Ryan Willison – (740) 823-1681