Welcome to the Historic Village of Gates Mills!
Welcome to the Village of Gates Mills, founded in 1826. With its unique blend of Western Reserve architecture, civic engagement and convenient location, residents have found Gates Mills to be one of the most desirable locations in Northeast Ohio. With several community organizations and multiple ways to become involved in Village activities, our residents pride themselves on their strong sense of community. We hope you will chose to live in this amazing, vibrant community.
VILLAGE ORGANIZATIONS AND VILLAGE LIFE: Gates Mills has a number of wonderful organizations that enhance Village life. Participation in one or more of these groups is an excellent way to meet other Villagers. Village organizations include the Community Club, Improvement Society, Historical Society, Land Conservancy, Friends of the Library, and Garden Club. The Village and its organizations sponsor several fun events each year including a Halloween Party, Easter Egg Hunt, Independence Day Parade, Christmas Eve Bonfire with Santa, and a Menorah Lighting. Additional information on Village life can be found on the Village’s website: www.gatesmillsvillage.com. We hope you will take the time to visit the website!
AWARD WINNING MAYFIELD SCHOOLS: Gates Mills is part of the award winning Mayfield School district, one of the top school districts in the nation. Mayfield High School was recently named one of the Top 500 “Most Challenging” Schools in the U.S by Newsweek. The Class of 2015 posted the highest ACT scores in Mayfield High School history and SAT scores are well above the national average. The Advanced Placement (AP) program was nationally recognized for the third consecutive year. In 2015, Mayfield Middle School was the only school in Ohio to be named an “Ohio School to Watch” by the Ohio Department of Education. All third grade students passed the reading guarantee requirements. For more information on Mayfield schools visit www.mayfieldschools.org and read the 2015 Quality Profile.
THE PINK SHEET: Be sure to check out our local publication, The Pink Sheet. Published by the Community Club 10 times a year, The Pink Sheet is one of the Village’s most valued traditions. It’s how you’ll find out about the Art Show, Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Parade, Summer Band Concert on the Green, Christmas Eve Bonfire, Players performances and important Village meetings. The Mayor, Police Chief, and Fire Chief provide timely information as do our clubs and village columnists. You won’t be able to miss The Pink Sheet when it arrives in the mail due to its distinctive pink color. You can view the most recent issue of The Pink Sheet online at www.gatesmillspinksheet.com.
COMMITTEES OF COUNCIL: Many citizens, through their participation on one of the Committees of Council, help the Mayor and Village Council carry out some of the work necessary to keep Village life running smoothly. Participation on one of the committees is a great way to meet other Villagers and get involved. Most of the committees and members are listed on the Village website: www.gatesmillsvillage.com/committees.
HERITAGE HOME PROGRAM: Gates Mills is a member of the the Heritage Home Program℠,
which offers free advice to the owners of older homes in maintaining and improving their properties. Their team of highly trained professionals knows what makes older houses tick. They can help determine what improvements will increase the value of your home and preserve the architectural features you fell in love with in the first place. The Heritage Home Program℠ is ready to help you with free technical assistance for your home repair, maintenance, and rehab needs and access to low interest loans. For more information please call (216) 426-3116.
WILDCAT SPORT & FITNESS: Thanks to the collaboration and cooperation of our Mayfield City School District communities - Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village - we have a newly remodeled fitness facility! Residents of the Mayfield City School District now have the opportunity to purchase individual and family memberships to Wildcat Sport & Fitness where members will enjoy new recreation programs and access to new weight and cardio equipment. The facility also has indoor tennis/pickle ball courts and a indoor 25 meter pool. Currently, membership fees are:
• Individual (Ages 13-65) $32/yr
• Family $105/yr
• Senior Citizen Individual (65+) $12/yr
• Daily Rate $5/ day
Further program details can be found in the Wildcat Sport & Fitness catalogue which is mailed to all school district residents or you can view program information online at www.mayfieldschools.org. For more information please call Wildcat Sport & Fitness at (440) 995-6840.
LOCAL PARKS: Gates Mills residents enjoy close proximity to four parks: The North Chagrin
Reservation with its fabulous Nature Center, Chapin Forest with hiking, cross country skiing
and snow shoeing, Orchard Hills Park (a former golf course turned back to nature) and South
Chagrin Reservation. The Holden Arboretum is only 15 minutes away.
LIBRARY AND POST OFFICE: Gates Mills has its own branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library as well as its own Post Office. You won’t find more helpful librarians or a more charming library anywhere in the area! The Gates Mills Post Office is a true gem. In addition to the fact that wait times are unusually short, you get service with a smile and a dose of humor from employees who know most of the residents by name.
BURTON COURT AND THE COMMUNITY HOUSE: Gates Mills is fortunate to have two public spaces
that can be used by residents for large gatherings. If you’d like to host an event at Burton
Court, which is adjacent to Sara’s Place restaurant, contact Mary at 440-423-1000. To host an
event at The Community House, call 440-423-4633. There is a small fee for the use of these facilities.
ORDINANCES: Gates Mills has a long history of preserving its heritage, particularly in the HISTORIC DISTRICTS. If you are planning on making any changes to your new home or removing any trees, it is important to consult the Village Ordinances. The Planning and Zoning Code and the Building and Housing Code can be found on the Village website: www.gatesmillsvillage.com/building/ordinances. Questions may be directed to Town Hall: 440-423-4405.