Community Services

  1. Community Services hosts Annual Chili Cook-Off

    The Westlake Community Services Department hosted the return of its Annual Chili Cook-Off on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Gathering Hall of the department’s spacious new facility. Read on...
  2. Westlake celebrates Grand Opening of new Community Services Center

    Mayor Dennis M. Clough and Community Services Director Lydia Gadd cut the ceremonial ribbon signifying that the new Westlake Community Services Center is now open for business on July 13, 2021. Read on...
  3. City of Westlake holds dedication ceremony for new Community Services Center

    The City of Westlake held a dedication ceremony commemorating the new Westlake Community Services Center and the 40th anniversary of the Department on Friday, June 18. The facility was dedicated to those who helped make the new facility possible. Read on...
  4. Community Services staff deliver Over 90 Birthday Proclamations

    The City of Westlake was pleased to present special Over 90 Birthday Proclamations to residents who have lived on this Earth for more than nine decades on April 30, 2021. Read on...
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Contact Us

  1. Director

    Lydia Gadd


    Community Services Department

    28975 Hilliard Blvd.

    Westlake, OH 44145


    Phone: 440-899-3544

    Fax: 440-899-3548


    Monday - Friday

    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Staff Directory

Interactive Emails

While most residents are staying put, the Community Services Department is focused on helping everyone experience the world from the safety and comfort of their home through its interactive emails, sent out twice weekly to those who subscribe. Each email includes links to virtual tours and activities, inspirational messages, pictures from past events, important information for seniors, etc. One recent email included, among other things, a virtual Hawaiian vacation and pictures of the new Community Services Center, which is still under construction. Anyone interested in becoming a subscriber can do so on the Community Services webpage, calling 440-899-3544 or sending an email to

Note: The department also offers a phone outreach program and has plans to expand its virtual programming in the near future. If you would like to participate in the department's programming, reach out using the contact information listed above.
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Serving Westlake Residents of All Ages

The  Community Services Department offers programs and activities to enrich the lives of the 50-plus population at Westlake Center and provides a system of social services for Westlake residents of all ages. A variety of social, educational and recreational activities are offered as well as health screenings and other wellness programs.

The social service staff of the department serves as a resource for information, emergency food for qualified Westlake residents, discount program applications and offers a daily safety phone check and transportation for older and disabled adults.

Featured Event: 2020 Chili Cook-Off Highlights

IMG_8387The 2020 Annual Chili Cook-Off was a huge hit as usual! All proceeds will benefit programming for the Westlake Department for Senior and Community Services. 

Congratulations are in order for The Normandy Senior Living for taking First Prize in both the judges’ vote and the attendees’ vote. Matt Orear, food service director at The Normandy, said the secret to his chili’s sweet yet spicy flavor was chocolate and cinnamon. 

Second Place honors went to Sunrise Senior Living and Third Place went to the Community Services Center.

Once again, the judge’s table consisted of Mayor Dennis Clough, Police Chief Kevin Bielozer, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Freeman, Economic Development Manager Michelle Boczek and Ward 1 Councilperson Lynda Appel.