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March - May 2014 Park District Mission

To provide quality parks, outdoor education, and recreation while preserving open space.

Resident Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, February 10

Wild Blue Phlox, Bill Yeck Park




















New! Commissioners Corner Headquarters

Activity Center Park 221 North Main Street Centerville, Ohio 45459-4617 (937) 433-5155 Fax: (937) 433-6564 Second Shift/Weekends: (937) 470-9246

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Office Closed: May 26, 2014

Park Addresses

Addresses for all 49 parks can be found on page 15. For more information on each park, visit

Rain Out Line

(937) 433-2524 Option 1: Field Status Option 2: Tennis Information Option 3: Dog Park Closings

Athletic Field Conditions

Area Youth Athletic Organizations

Centerville United Soccer Association Centerville Wee Elk Football Association Centerville Baseball Softball League Centerville Youth Lacrosse Up and Running Juniors get-involved/training-groups/

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Each season offers different opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year. While fall presents a kaleidoscope of amazing tree leaf colors, March is the time to enjoy the colorful spring ephemeral (short bloom) wildflowers in our nature parks. It is not uncommon to see a half dozen early spring wildflowers in our area not long after the snow melts and before the trees leaf out. Opportunities to visit our nature parks will expand this year. A grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will enable the Park District to construct the Holes Creek Trail and develop Holes Creek and Silvercreek Parks. As you know, spring also initiates the start of many outdoor athletic activities in the parks. As soon as possible, the Park District operations staff will be out in force getting fields ready for use. While the fields are recovering from the winter weather and the grass is beginning to grow again, it is important to exercise extreme care in using the fields during the initial growth periods. Early care will pay dividends in good hardy turf later in the season.

While looking at the general needs of the community, the Park District continues to try to accommodate the needs of different interest groups. Whether it is skate boarding, pickle ball, walking trails, athletic programs, recreational programs or fun seasonal activities, the Park District is ready to help. A few examples: a handicapped accessible fitness trail was installed at Oak Grove Park with funding from a successful grant request; new concrete benches were installed at the high-traffic skate park; the new archery range has been well received and was recently recognized by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association as the Best Sports Program for 2013; and, Activity Center Park will receive new shade structures for the popular sprayground. The list could go on but remember that this is your Park District — let us know if you have new activity or program requests. Park improvements over the past decade have been astounding thanks to the passage of park levies. This May we will be asking residents for renewal of a 0.9 mil park levy. This is essential to maintain and enhance our 49 parks. Your support will help keep the Centerville-Washington Park District as one of the premier park systems in the State of Ohio.

David Lee

Looking for Summer Employment? The Park District is now accepting applications for part-time seasonal employment. Opportunities are available in the program and operations departments. Summer program staff can work at Hidden Meadows Day Camp, at the Summer Recreation Program or as the Summer Naturalist Intern. All program staff must be enthusiastic about working with children, enjoy the outdoors, and be willing to make a nine-week commitment beginning the first week of June. Positions for applicants under age 18 are limited. Adult applicants must pass a background screening. Seasonal operations staff assist with the day-to-day management of the Park District’s 49 parks. Work includes mowing, trimming, painting, athletic field preparation, nature trail improvement, park clean up, vehicle/equipment maintenance and administrative building maintenance. Hours may include some weekends and evenings. Second shift openings are also available. Operations staff must be 18 or older, insurable to drive Park District vehicles and pass a background screening. Volunteer opportunities are also available for those aged 14 – 17 at Hidden Meadows Day Camp and the Summer Recreation Program. Volunteering allows for a flexible schedule and is a great way to earn service hours, gain experience and learn job skills. For more information and for a volunteer application, go to Visit for the most up-to-date information on employment opportunities and to obtain an application.

Park District News 2004 Levy Update Residents approved a levy in 2004 that provided $13 million (about $1.3 million/year) in revenue to the Park District from 2005-2014 to add improvements throughout the parks in our community. The park experience for all Centerville-Washington Township residents has improved, helping to maintain the high quality of life we desire. This list is quite impressive and provides opportunities for many different interests in the community. Thanks for your support! Activity Center • Zero-depth sprayground • All-access playground • Picnic shelter with restrooms • Re-built tennis courts (3)

Bill Yeck • Master plan developed for the new Smith entrance • Construction started for entrance drive and parking lot • Parkhaven entrance improvements

Forest Field Oak Creek South

Yankee • Parking lot repaved • Paved walking path • Sand volleyball courts

Holes Creek • New park development to begin in 2014 • Holes Creek trail development to begin in 2014

Neighborhood Parks

Fence Row • Playground Rahn • Playground Silvercreek • New park development to begin in 2014

Divided Ridge

Schoolhouse • North football field fencing and lighting • Paved overflow parking lot • Security lighting • Expanded paved walking paths

Grant • Nature Nook program building with improved entrance and parking

Divided Ridge • New park development Schoolhouse

Oak Grove • Five picnic shelters • Tennis courts (3) • Dog park • Walking paths • Playgrounds • Fitness trail • Soccer fields • Baseball complex with 5 fields and spotter’s booth/shelter


Oak Creek South • Skatepark • Picnic shelter with restrooms • Stream/wetland restoration • Paved walking path • Baseball diamond renovation

Oak Grove

Iron Horse • Picnic shelter with restrooms


Forest Field • Additional parking lot • West field area developed for soccer practice

Activity Center

Nature Parks

Oak Creek South

Community Parks

Stansel • New park development Village South • Tennis court renovation Waterbury Woods • Playground • Small parking lot Weatherstone Park • Playground

By having the levy support, we were also able to leverage those funds to secure donations and grants that assisted with the costs of many projects, too. The Park Board is making plans for the renewal of the 2004 park levy, and although most of the funds will go toward maintenance and upkeep of these new facilities, a list of new park improvements will be finalized soon.

Staffing Update We are excited to welcome Ally DeShurko to our staff! Ally joined the Centerville-Washington Park District as the new Recreation Coordinator in October. She previously worked for the Park District for two summers as a Summer Recreation Leader and for one summer as a Summer Recreation Program Coordinator. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2011 and is joining us after working in resort recreation for 2.5 years in South Carolina. 3

Hidden Meadows Day Camp Hidden Meadows Day Camp: Great Outdoors University

Grant Park, 501 Normandy Ridge Road Monday – Friday

Resident Fee: Half Day $55, All Day $110 *Half Day $44, All Day $88 Nonresident Fee: Half Day $85, All Day $170 *Half Day $68, All Day $136

Theme: Date

AM PM All Day 9:30 a.m. – noon 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A+ Aquatics: June 9 – 13

5 – 12 Years


5 – 12 Years

Insect Investigators: June 16 – 20

5 – 12 Years


5 – 12 Years

Forest Findings: June 23 – 27

3 – 9 Years

3 – 9 Years


Adventure Lab: June 30 – July 3

5 – 12 Years


5 – 12 Years

Sky Studies: July 7 – 11

5 – 12 Years


5 – 12 Years

Stream Stewards: July 14 – 18

5 – 12 Years


5 – 12 Years

Wildlife 101: July 21 – 25

3 – 9 Years

3 – 9 Years



5 – 12 Years

Research Rangers: July 28 – Aug. 1 5 – 12 Years

*Fees prorated for Adventure Lab, June 30 – July 3 since there is no camp on July 4.

This summer at Hidden Meadows, Grant Park is your classroom! At the Great Outdoors University, the trail is your teacher. Each fun-filled week of camp provides new opportunities for learning about the great outdoors through exploring Grant Park, playing games and making new friends. Campers will also be treated to guest speakers, special presentations and activities. Snacks are provided, but campers should bring a filled water bottle. All-day campers need to bring a packed lunch that does not require refrigeration. All campers receive a T-shirt during their first week.

Camp is held rain or shine.

A+ Aquatics, June 9 – 13

Earning an A+ is easy at this week of camp if you like getting wet in the creek, exploring the wetlands and playing water games!

Insect Investigators, June 16 – 20

Bugs, beetles, spiders and slugs! Use your investigation skills to learn all about insects. Search, find, and study where they live, what they do and why.

Forest Findings, June 23 – 27 (Preschool Week) The forest is a great place to hike to find natural treasures. Enjoy this habitat and the other unique habitats Grant Park has to offer during this week of camp. Adventure Lab, June 30 – July 3

Grant Park is an adventurer’s laboratory, full of natural questions, curiosities and tools to use in exploration. Build fires and forts and discover new adventures! No camp July 4.

Sky Studies, July 7 – 11

Spend time studying everything in the sky including birds, flying insects, clouds and more. The sky will be your specialty after this week!

Stream Stewards, July 14 – 18

We love our stream at Grant Park! Become stewards and look after our stream while taking hikes in the creek, catching crawdads, searching for snails, studying fossils and more.

Wildlife 101, July 21 – 25 (Preschool Week)

Campers will learn all about plants and animals and experience the wildlife of Grant Park in this week for our new nature friends!

Research Rangers, July 28 – August 1

Adventure through the woods and become a research ranger! Rangers will figure out the best way to approach obstacles and challenges in the park and conquer any problems that come their way.

Hidden Meadows Registration Information Hidden Meadows Day Camp has a different first day of registration than all other programs. Registration begins on Monday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. for residents and Monday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. for nonresidents.


See page 15 for information on how to register. Please note that phone-in registration is NOT accepted for Hidden Meadows on April 21 and April 28. One camper friend of similar age may be requested.

Adventure Camp Adventure Camp Various Parks

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Friday 6:30 p.m. – Saturday 9:00 a.m. Resident Fee: $95 Nonresident Fee: $135

Junior Camp (Ages 10-11): June 23 – 28 Senior Camp (Ages 12-14): July 21 – 26 Adventure Camp combines outdoor adventure and nature education at various parks and includes geocaching, hiking, fishing, archery, creeking, games, survival challenges, and an overnight at Grant Park. Learn to track animals in the woods, listen for the sound of owls in the night, pitch a tent, cook s’mores over a campfire and make new friends. Campers need to bring a filled water bottle and a packed lunch that does not require refrigeration. All campers receive a T-shirt.

Adventure Camp Registration Information Registration begins on Monday, February 10 at 10:00 a.m. for residents and Monday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. for nonresidents. See page 15 for information on how to register.

General Information for All Camps Staff Staff coordinators and counselors are trained adults, many of whom are college students pursuing a degree or have experience in parks and recreation or education. Assistant counselors are at least 16 years of age and have experience working with children. Inclement Weather Camp is primarily an outdoor program and will be held rain or shine. The school buildings by Grant Park will serve as a meeting area and shelter for Hidden Meadows. Adventure Camp parents will receive a call telling them where to meet. Camper Information Form This form (page 6) is required for all campers. What to Wear Dress your child in comfortable old clothes and closed-toe shoes. Sandals and flip-flops are prohibited due to poison ivy and other naturally occurring hazards. Please put your child’s name on all items brought to camp. Many pack an old pair of shoes to wear when visiting the creek. What to Bring Bring a water bottle to refill during the day. All-day campers should also bring a packed lunch that does not require refrigeration.

Daily Sign-In & Sign-Out We take strict precautions in accepting and releasing children from the program. Please inform counselors of any changes. Daily sign-in and sign-out is required. Sunscreen & Insect Repellent Counselors are not permitted to apply sunscreen or insect repellent. Campers can bring their own and reapply. Medical Procedures & Emergencies All counselors are trained in first aid and CPR and carry a first aid kit. A copy of the camper information form (page 6) is kept on site. In case of a medical emergency, parents and 911 will be called. The child will be escorted to the hospital or released to the parents. If parents cannot be located, the emergency contact will be called. In case of minor injury/illness, the child will be treated, an incident report will be completed, and parents will be notified at pickup. Medication Staff are permitted to perform only basic first aid. They are not authorized to dispense any type of prescription or nonprescription medication with the exception of any situation that requires an epi-pen. Rule 5101:2-18-15 (4) 2 of the Ohio Administrative Code states that

a child day camp shall set its own policy regarding whether to pass prescription or nonprescription medications. If your child requires medication, arrangements must be made to have someone present to administer the medication. If your child carries an epi-pen contact us to complete additional required forms.

Discipline Counselors will keep to the established discipline policy and will handle all incidents with kindness, consistency and understanding. Attention will be given to the specific needs of each camper while, at the same time, each is encouraged to participate. We believe children want to conform to the rules as soon as they know what is expected of them. Counselors will discuss the rules on the first day of camp. Cancellation & Refund Policy The last day to cancel or make registration changes is noon the Monday prior to your camper’s start date. Credit toward a future program that requires a fee will be issued in lieu of a refund. Credits will not be issued after the registration deadline or if the cancellation reduces the participation below the required minimum number of participants. A full monetary refund will be issued for programs cancelled by the Park District.


2014 Camper information form Once camp registration is confirmed, sign and return this form no later than one week before the first day of camp. The form may be dropped off in person or mailed to 221 N. Main Street, Centerville, OH 45459; faxed to 937-433-6564; or emailed to Additional copies can be printed from If information changes, please submit an updated form.

Camper’s Name: _______________________________________________________ Birthdate: ___________________ Age: _________ o M o F Address: _______________________________________________________________ Zip: ________________________________ Parent/Guardian: ________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________ o Home o Cell o Work Email: _________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________ o Home o Cell o Work Emergency Contact (other than above): ________________________________________ Phone: __________________________ o Home o Cell o Work

Health History Record Please provide information in relation to any health conditions, behavioral concerns, dietary needs, medication, or special needs. All health history information will remain confidential. Park District staff is not authorized to dispense any medication. If an epi-pen is needed, contact the Park District for additional forms requiring a doctor’s signature. Is your child on medication? o Yes o No If yes, what?___________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Health Conditions Check all that apply and give appropriate dates o Fainting ___________________________ o Diabetes _____________________ o Hearing Impairment __________________________ o Asthma


o Seizures

Allergies Check all that apply and specify nature of reaction o Animals/Insects ______________________ o Food o Medicine

_____________________ o Other _______________________________________ _______________________ o Other _______________________________________

______________________ o Plants


Other Conditions Check all that apply o Speech Impairment o Emotional Disturbances

o Developmentally Delayed

o Attention Deficit Disorder

o Special Diet

o Communication Impairment

o Other _______________________________

Please explain all items checked above: ___________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Family Doctor: _______________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________________

Family Dentist: _______________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________________

Release Agreement In consideration of your accepting my entry or my child’s entry, I hereby, for myself or my child, release, indemnify, and hold harmless the Centerville-Washington Park District, its Commissioners, Agents, Employees, and Assignees from any and all liability claims, actions, demands, and judgments arising out of injury or loss sustained by me or my child while participating in activities or using facilities of the Centerville-Washington Park District.

Signature: ___________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________________________



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o Senior Adventure Camp o Week 5

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preschool Programs Resident registration begins Monday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.

Playdate Café

Ages 18 – 36 months with adult companion 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Grant Park, Nature Nook Lucky Ducks: Wednesdays, March 5 OR 12 Honey Bunnies: Wednesdays, April 9 OR 16 Spring Scavenger Hunt: Wednesdays, May 7 OR 14 This program, designed to build sensory awareness, motor skills, and encourage social interaction, offers caregivers the chance to participate with their little one, as well as free time to socialize with the other adults. Each café begins and ends with a learning station such as puzzles, blocks, art or sensory table. After a beginning free play, we come together for a short program about our theme, which may include a story, song, activity or craft. Join us for lots of fun and a light snack. Registration is required.

Preschool Nature Series Ages 3 – 5 with adult companion 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Track Hike: Thursday, March 20 Bill Yeck Park, Rooks Mill Entrance Let’s see what kinds of things animals leave behind for young naturalists to find! Registration is required. Skunk Facts: Thursday, April 17 Black Oak Park Let’s learn all about skunks: what they eat, where they live and why they spray! Registration is required.

All programs are


unless otherwise indicated.

All About Blue Birds: Thursday, May 15 Grant Park, Nature Nook Eastern Bluebird, Blue Jay, and Indigo Bunting are our resident blue birds at Grant Park. We will see if we can catch a glimpse of their flashy feathers! Registration is required.

Kiddie Krafts

Ages 3 – 5 with adult companion Grant Park, Nature Nook Session A: Wednesdays, March 5 – 26, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Session B: Wednesdays, April 9 – 30, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Session C: Fridays, March 7 – 28, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Session D: Fridays, April 11 – May 2, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Sessions A-D create the same craft, therefore each child may only register for one session.

Join us as we make crafts and listen to stories in this long-time favorite program. This is a great opportunity to let the creativity flow by making crafts with a variety of fun supplies. We will also color pictures of monsters, reptiles, flowers and more. Best of all, we do the clean up! Children are encouraged to wear old clothes. Registration is required.

Intergenerational Series: Smiles and Sunshine

Ages 3 – 6 with grandparent(s) Monday, May 5 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Grant Park, Nature Nook This program is only for grandparents and their grandchildren. Parents and other caregivers may attend any of our other programs.

In this session, grandparents and grandchildren will work together to create exciting crafts to celebrate the start of summer! We will also read a sunny story and play a game! Registration is required.


children's Programs Junior Nature Club Ages 6 – 8 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Squirrel Search: March 5 OR 11 Grant Park, Normandy Entrance Many different species of squirrel call Grant Park home. Let’s see if we can spot them! Registration is required. Tools of the Trade: May 13 OR 14 Grant Park, Nature Nook What are some of the best tools to have when you are exploring nature? During this session, we will learn to use some of these tools to become even better outdoor explorers! Registration is required.

My Junior Naturalist: Save the Animals!

Ages 6 – 8 (with adult companion) Wednesday, April 9 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Grant Park, Normandy Entrance Junior naturalists will learn about the wildlife that needs our help right here in Ohio. We will play games and hike while learning about conservation history. This program is designed for children and an adult companion. Registration is required.

Centerville Stay-cation!


Ages 6 – 9 Wednesday, April 2 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Grant Park, Nature Nook

What is a vacation in Centerville called? A stay-cation! Come celebrate what makes Dayton, Ohio awesome! Did you know that Dayton’s nickname is the “Gem City” and Mikesell’s of Dayton is the oldest potato chip company in the United States? In addition, black lights and parachutes were invented here! During this program we will do crafts and activities that are all things Ohio! Registration is required.

All programs are FREE unless otherwise indicated.

Spring Recreation Program

Ages 6 – 10 Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Grant Park, Nature Nook Session A: March 4, April 8 and May 6 Session B: March 18, April 22 and May 20 Spring Recreation Program is a great way to get moving after school! Come dressed for the spring weather, whatever it may be! We will play fun games outside after we start with a craft. Please select only one date each month. Registration is required.

Outdoor Adventure Crew Ages 8 – 12 Mondays, April 7 – May 12 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Grant Park, Normandy Entrance

Unstructured outdoor play is vital to child development and well-being. This program is designed to allow participants the chance to explore what they like about nature and being outdoors. Activities will include games, challenges, discovery and dirt! This six-week program will be held rain or shine, so come prepared for the weather and ready to have fun! Registration is required.

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children's Programs Resident registration begins Monday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.

Homeschool Fitness Academy Ages 5 – 12 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Time for Tennis: Thursday, April 17 Activity Center Park The Kettering Tennis Center/Quail Run Racquet Club tennis pros will be on hand to help you with your tennis strokes. No racquet or experience is required. Registration is required. Large Group Games: Thursday, May 15 Iron Horse Park Join us for games guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Registration is required.

Homeschool Nature Academy

NATURE DISCOVERY ZONE Take your group outdoors on a guided nature hike lead by a Park District Naturalist or Volunteer Naturalist. We offer several topics for homeschool, scout, preschool and youth groups including Geology, Forestry, Wildlife and more. Nature Discovery Zone is a convenient way to supplement learning or fulfill organizational requirements. Call us at 937-433-5155 to schedule a session and start discovering!

Eco-Explorers Ages 9 – 11 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Clover Search: Wednesday, March 19 Grant Park, Nature Nook The leprechauns told us that 4-leaf clovers are good luck! Learn about clover and search for your very own good-luck charm. Registration is required. Earth Day Escapade: Wednesday, April 16

Grant Park, Normandy Entrance

Earth Day is almost here! Explore the park and play games that help us understand why the Earth is so important to us. Registration is required. Fantastic Frogs: Wednesday, May 21 Bill Yeck Park, Rooks Mill Entrance

Ages 6 – 14 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Frogs are fun, fast and fantastic! Learn about what makes frogs so fun and how to find them. Registration is required.

Woodpeckers and Ecology: Thursday, March 6 Grant Park, Nature Nook

Crafting Club

Woodpeckers are not only fun to watch but they also play a vital role in Ohio’s ecosystem. We will learn woodpecker identification and search for them. Registration is required. Native Wildflowers: Thursday, April 10 Bill Yeck Park, McGuffey Meadow Ohio has some beautiful early wildflowers! On this hike, we will learn native wildflower identification and some threats to these forest treasures. Registration is required.

Ages 9 – 13 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Grant Park, Nature Nook Spring Fever: Thursday, March 6 Bunches of Buttons: Thursday, April 10 Scenic and Sincere: Thursday, May 1 This fun after-school program covers basic crafting skills and techniques used to make handmade decorations and keepsakes –– all while making friends! We provide everything needed with no mess, prep or fuss at home! Crafters are encouraged to wear old clothes or bring an apron or smock. Registration is required.

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Spring is the perfect time to learn how living and nonliving things interact. We will hike to different habitats and investigate the various components. Registration is required.

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Habitat Trek: Thursday, May 1 Grant Park, Normandy Entrance

Please note: All Homeschool Nature Academies take place outdoors in a natural setting. Your child should come dressed for active movement along the hiking paths.


Family programs MVRAC Madness: Family Game Night

All ages Friday, March 7 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Washington Township Rec West, 965 Miamisburg-Centerville Road Join the Miami Valley Recreation Activities Council, a collection of 10 parks and recreation agencies, for a fun family event that will include a variety of games, activities and crafts! Games include basketball, ping pong, a bounce house for the little ones, Wii games, and more! Door prizes will be raffled off during the evening. Registration is not required.

Passport to Nature All ages

The Night Sky: Saturday, March 8 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Forest Field Park Join the Miami Valley Astronomical Society as they share wonderful views of Jupiter and the Moon through high-powered telescopes. Stories of the stars will also be told. Registration is required. Family Scavenger Hunt: Saturday, April 12 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Start times will be staggered to reduce crowding.)

Grant Park, Normandy Entrance Choose your hunt difficulty and start your search for natural and historical treasures at Grant Park. When you are finished, turn in your hunt for a prize! Registration is required. Scavenger Hunt Levels: Level 1: Flat terrain, under .75 mile, recommended for ages 6 and under Level 2: Uneven terrain, under 1.5 miles, recommended for ages 6 and up Level 3: Uneven terrain, over 2 miles, recommended for ages 12 and up Family Birding: Thursday, May 15 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Grant Park, Normandy Entrance May is the month when all our migratory birds return and start singing! We will learn some bird identification basics and then hit the trail to try out our new skills. Bring binoculars if you have them. A very limited supply of adult and child binoculars are available. Registration is required. 10

Garlic and Glutes

All ages Tuesday, March 25 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Bill Yeck Park, McGuffey Meadow Entrance Yes, you read the title correctly! Join us for our first nature and fitness fusion event! Come help the Park District clear out the invasive garlic mustard while getting a great lower body work out — especially the gluteus maximus! Part of your workout will be carrying the bags of garlic mustard out of the park. Do well for the environment and yourself at the same time! Registration is required.

Campfire Sing-Along

All ages Saturday, May 17 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Grant Park, Normandy Entrance Bring the family to the Chimneys at Grant Park for an evening of singing, fun and nature-related activities around the fire. Dress for the cool night air and don’t forget your lawn chairs. Registration is required.

BIG RIG GIG All ages Saturday, May 3 10:00 a.m. – noon Oak Grove Park, 1790 E. Social Row Road This annual event is ALL HANDS ON DECK! Now is your chance to climb on and check out the big vehicles from around town! Honk a fire truck horn, shift the gears of a Centerville-Washington Park District tractor, check out all of the buttons in the law enforcement vehicles and much more! The Big Rig Gig is a fun event for all ages. Registration is not required.

Family wellness Tennis Instruction

April 14 – May 29 Registration Deadline: April 4 40-minute class: $65 resident, $88 nonresident 60-minute class: $90 resident, $122 nonresident 90-minute class: $115 resident, $156 nonresident Come learn tennis with us! Tennis instruction is taught by instructors from the Kettering Tennis Center/Quail Run Racquet Club. Each has experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities allowing them to provide a high level of instruction. Class ratio is one instructor to a maximum of 10 participants. Tennis balls are provided.

Monday/Wednesday: Activity Center Park Ages




6 – 10 years


3:30 – 4:10 p.m.


9 – 13 years

Advanced Beginner

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.


Adults 18 & up


5:20 – 6:20 p.m.


Adults 18 & up

Drill & Play

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday/Thursday: Oak Grove Park Ages




6 – 10 years


3:30 – 4:10 p.m.


9 – 13 years


4:15 – 4:55 p.m.


6 – 10 years

Advanced Beginner

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


9 – 13 years


6:05 – 7:05 p.m.


Adult 18 & up


7:15 – 8:15 p.m.


Bad Weather Information: Due to the unpredictable nature of weather, we cannot guarantee the completion of all scheduled classes. An additional week has been scheduled at no added cost in lieu of make-up classes for inclement weather. In the event of rain, please call the rain out line (433-2524) for the most up-to-date cancellation information.

Archery Clinics

Ages 8 and up (ages 8 – 17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older) Tuesday, April 8 OR Thursday, April 10 Fee: $15 residents, $20 nonresidents 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Oak Grove Park, Archery Range Clinics are designed to provide interested youth and adults with the basic knowledge required to participate safely in archery, learn more about the archery range and gain hands on experience with the Park District’s archery equipment. Parents are welcome to observe youth but must be registered to participate. All equipment is provided but participants may bring their own with approval of the instructor. These clinics are appropriate for beginner and intermediate archers.

Hit the Trails This Spring Spring is a wonderful time to get out and explore the parks! Grab the whole family and visit a park you have never explored before or revisit an old favorite. Bring your dog, too — but remember your leash and pet waste bags. These parks have paved multi-use trails great for family walking, running and biking: • Black Oak Park: .2 mile (one way) paved path up a steep hill from Ambridge Road to Braewood Trail. No bicycles permitted on this path. • Iron Horse Park: 2 miles one way • Oak Creek South Park: perimeter path is .4 mile • Oak Grove Park: perimeter path is 1.5 miles (shorter loops are also available) • Schoolhouse Park: perimeter path is .75 mile • Yankee Park: perimeter path (including sidewalk along Yankee Street) is .82 mile. The center path length is .19 mile. See page 14 – 15 for park locations.


Adult programs Spring Wildflower Identification

Adults Saturday, April 12 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Grant Park, Normandy Entrance Join us as we learn to identify woodland wildflowers and learn the fun facts that make each one special. Registration is required.

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Adult Nature Discovery Walks Adults Tuesdays 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

March 11: Grant Park, Nature Nook April 8: Bill Yeck Park, Rooks Mill Entrance May 6: Forest Field Park Take an hour to enjoy what nature has to offer. This leisurely-paced walk provides an opportunity to observe the seasonal changes of spring with the Park District Naturalist. Registration is required.


Men’s Softball

All programs are FREE unless otherwise indicated.

League play begins April 23 League A: Wednesdays, 6:15 & 7:15 p.m. League B: Thursdays, 6:15 & 7:15 p.m. Fee: $475/team (20 games) + $10/nonresident Yankee Park League Coordinator: Jen Brandt, Fitness Coordinator, (937) 433-5155 Returning Team Registration: February 17 – 21 Open Registration: February 24 – March 14 Contracts and Rosters Accepted: April 14 – 18

Both men’s leagues consist of up to eight teams and play a double header schedule consisting of 20 games across 10 weeks. Teams are now forming. Returning teams are given priority. Individuals may call to be placed on an individual player’s list. All teams are ASA sanctioned. Contracts (minimum of 10) and completed rosters are accepted April 14 – 18. Once rosters and required number of contracts are submitted, schedules and softballs will be given. Registration information: Softball registration is in person only at Park District Headquarters, Activity Center Park, 221 N. Main Street; between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Contact the league coordinator for more information.

Tennis Leagues

Ages 19 and up April 13 – June 19 Registration deadline: March 28 Fee: $25 residents, $35 nonresidents Various Locations

Join a Centerville-Washington Park District tennis league to improve your game and play tennis in the parks! Several levels of play allow opportunities for all levels of ability. All leagues are 10 weeks long. League schedules and rules are mailed out prior to league play.

SUNDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s Advanced

MONDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s Intermediate Women’s Doubles

TUESDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s Intermediate 50+ Men’s Advanced 50+

WEDNESDAY 6:00 p.m. Men’s Advanced Women’s 50+

THURSDAY 6:00 p.m. Women’s Intermediate Women’s Advanced

Adult wellness Resident registration begins Monday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.

Stroller Strength

Hike for Your Health Series Adults Wednesdays, March 5 – May 28 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Various parks

This popular Park District program is designed to get your heart rate up and get you moving! Our staff will lead you on these guided, self-paced hikes. Hike for Your Health is also a wonderful opportunity to get to know your parks better and meet new people. Path descriptions are provided to help you choose the most comfortable shoe attire. Registration is required. Date March 5 March 12 March 19 March 26 April 2 April 9 April 16 April 23 April 30 May 7 May 14 May 21 May 28

Park Yankee Iron Horse Bill Yeck Schoolhouse Grant Oak Creek South Bill Yeck Oak Grove Forest Field Yankee Bill Yeck Iron Horse Grant

Meeting Point 7500 Yankee Street 6161 Millshire Drive 7893 Wilmington Dayton Road, McGuffey Meadow 1875 Nutt Road 501 Normandy Ridge Road 790 W. Miamisburg-Centerville Road 8798 Rooks Mill Lane 1790 E. Social Row Road 2100 E. Centerville Station Road 7500 Yankee Street 7893 Wilmington Dayton Road, McGuffey Meadow 6161 Millshire Drive 501 Normandy Ridge Road

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Adult caregivers with child 6 weeks – Pre K Mondays & Thursdays, April 7 – May 22 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Schoolhouse Park Join other caregivers and their children in strollers for an invigorating morning exercise session. Cardiovascular exercise, upper and lower body resistance training (equipment provided) and a cool-down stretch is included in each program. Make friends and exercise at the same time, and no need to pay for childcare! Stroller Strength is led by a nationally certified group exercise instructor. Registration is required.

Spring Into Fitness

Adults Tuesdays, April 8 – May 27 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Schoolhouse Park Spring is here and what better time to get outside, enjoy fresh air and exercise. Spring Into Fitness is a boot camp style class that includes a mix of cardiovascular and strength training exercises. Exercise equipment is provided for all participants. A nationally certified group exercise instructor leads this program. Registration is required.

Trail Trekking

Adults Mondays, March 3 – 31 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Various parks Trekking with Nordic poles is a wonderful way to cross-train or try something new. The Cooper Institute research studies showed that Nordic walking burned more calories, increased oxygen consumption, and can be 46% more efficient than normal walking. It’s a great workout! Our Nordic poles are adaptable to your height. Please wear comfortable shoes for a paved path and bring a bottle of water. Nordic poles are provided. Trail Trekking is led by a nationally certified group exercise instructor. Registration is required. Date March 3 March 10 March 17 March 24 March 31

Park Iron Horse Oak Creek South Schoolhouse Iron Horse Oak Creek South

Meeting Point 6161 Millshire Drive 790 W. Miamisburg-Centerville Road 1875 Nutt Road 6161 Millshire Drive 790 W. Miamisburg-Centerville Road

Visit the New Fitness Trail! The Park District received a grant from NatureWorks for funding of two types of outdoor exercise equipment at Oak Grove Park. The complete Energi™ system is for active individuals ages 13 and up, while the LifeTrail® system is geared toward those ages 50 and over. The LifeTrail® system includes ADA accessible pieces. Spring is a great time for outdoor exercise! 13

Park District map The Park District is made up of 49 community, nature and neighborhood parks. Visit for detailed information and a map to each park. Community Park

Nature Park

Neighborhood Park

Rahn Park

City of Centerville

Washington Township

Manor Park



Brittany Hills Park

Woodbourne Green Park






Iron Horse Park

Village South Park

Donnybrook Park

Woodbourne Springs Park


Red Coach Park



Huffman Park HO



Old Lane Park











Grant Park




Elizabeth Hoy Park

Forest Field Park

Concept Park

Bill Yeck Park


Trailways Park HO

Beechwood Springs Park

Watkins Glen Park

Stansel Park




Stringtown Park



Divided Ridge Park

Weatherstone Park


Schoolhouse Park

Rooks Ravine Park Little Mound Park


Willowbrook Park

Nutt Woods Park





Big Bend Park

Oak Grove Park

Cherry Hill Park






Waterbury Woods Park


Quail Run Park





Rosewood Park


Silvercreek Park

Robert F. Mays Park

Bill Yeck Park








Wagon Trail Park

Holes Creek Park

Fence Row Park

Black Oak East Park



Oak Creek South Park






Pelbrook Park

Black Oak Park

Pleasant Hill Park




Forest Walk Park





Activity Center Park



Yankee Park







Greene Line Park

Green Park


Grant Park












Registration Information How to Register Online WHY REGISTER ON


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Visit to register. To expedite your registration, create an account prior to February 10. A valid email address is required. This site can be used for free programs and for fee-based programs with a debit or credit card. Payee will be shown as

By Phone

Call us at (937) 433-5155 Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please have credit card ready for fee-based programs.

In Person

Visit Park District headquarters at 221 N. Main Street in Centerville Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may pay with cash, check or credit card at headquarters. Make checks payable to Centerville-Washington Park District or CWPD. Registration and Refund Policy: • Residents may register members of their family and one other resident family. • To be eligible for the resident fee, proof of residency must be provided. • Credit toward future fees will be issued in lieu of refunds. Credit will not be issued after the registration deadline or, if by doing so, it reduces the participation level below the required minimum. A full monetary refund will be issued for programs cancelled by the Park District.

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Resident Registration Begins:

Nonresident Registration Begins:

Monday, February 10 10:00 a.m.

Monday, February 17 10:00 a.m.

park addresses Activity Center: 221 N. Main Street

Grant (3 main entrances): 501 Normandy Ridge Road 6588 McEwen Road (Nature Nook) 616 Grant’s Trail

Red Coach: 5500 Royalwood Drive

Green: 6661 Green Park Drive

Rosewood: 475 Roselake Drive

Greene Line: 6774 Crossbrook Drive

Schoolhouse: 1875 Nutt Road

Holes Creek: 8575 Yankee Street

Silvercreek: 9369 Yankee Street

Huffman: 1616 W. Alex-Bell Road

Stansel: 1304 Sarah Freeman Drive

Iron Horse: 6161 Millshire Drive

Stringtown: 9191 Woodstream Lane

Little Mound: 9490 Still Meadow Lane

Trailways: 1165 W. Spring Valley Pike

Manor: 989 Thorndale Drive

Village South: 411 North Village Drive

Nutt Woods: 10188 Ashpark Court

Wagon Trail: 8450 Washington Village Drive

Concept: 345 Clareridge Lane

Oak Creek South: 790 W. MiamisburgCenterville Road

Waterbury Woods: 1250 W. Social Row Road

Divided Ridge: 347 Beck Drive

Oak Grove: 1790 E. Social Row Road

Donnybrook: 6161 Donnybrook Drive

Weatherstone: 10998 Pennfield Road

Old Lane: 500 Druewood Lane

Elizabeth Hoy: 185 Hampton Drive

Willowbrook: 10225 Park Edge Drive

Pelbrook: 7566 Cloverbrook Park Drive

Fence Row: 1650 Haley Drive

Pleasant Hill: 358 Zengel Drive

Woodbourne Green: W. Whipp Road at Paddington Road

Forest Field: 2100 E. Centerville Station Road

Quail Run: 1180 Timber Hawk Trail

Woodbourne Springs: 220 W. Whipp Road

Forest Walk: 7570 Forest Brook Boulevard

Rahn: 223 W. Rahn Road

Yankee: 7500 Yankee Street

Beechwood Springs: 1141 Quiet Brook Trail Big Bend: 1328 Spring Ash Drive Bill Yeck (3 main entrances): 8798 Rooks Mill Lane 7893 Wilmington Dayton Road (McGuffey Meadow) 2230 E. Centerville Station Road (Smith House) Black Oak: 1552 Ambridge Road Black Oak East: 7835 John Elwood Drive Brittany Hills: 5825 Batsford Drive Cherry Hill: 10244 Cherry Tree Terrace

Robert F. Mays: W. Social Row/Paragon Road Rooks Ravine: 9100 Rooks Road

Watkins Glen: 825 Watkins Glen Drive


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Green and Blue Business Certifications The Centerville-Washington Park District has received the Dayton Regional Green 3’s Green Business Certification, a voluntary program designed to help businesses take basic green measures to reduce their ecological footprint, reduce their energy and resource use and save money in the process. In addition, CWPD showed exemplary water stewardship and qualified for the Water Stewardship Blue Certification!

Centerville-Washington Foundation Grant The Centerville-Washington Park District recently received a generous grant of $700 from the Centerville-Washington Foundation! The money has been designated for the Park District to program outreach activities in the Centerville City Schools. We have received additional funding for outreach activities thanks to generous donations by Mr. George Greenleaf.

2013 Buy Recycled Grant The Montgomery County Solid Waste Division has awarded the Centerville-Washington Park District a 2013 Buy Recycled Grant. The Park District received $20,000 which was used toward the re-surfacing of an all-access playground at Activity Center Park. The new surface is comprised of recycled material and provides stable access for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Five organizations were awarded a total of $32,256 in funding. The Buy Recycled grants enhance and increase recycling and waste minimization in local communities.

NatureWorks Grant The Centerville-Washington Park District has been awarded an $84,667 NatureWorks grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The funds will be used to install a shelter with restrooms at Robert F. Mays Park in Washington Township. This project is one of 92 community-based projects that will be funded by ODNR throughout the State of Ohio.

Clean Ohio Trails Fund The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) awarded the Park District $500,000 from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund. The funds will be used for design and construction of 5,647 linear feet of a 10-foot wide multi-use asphalt trail along Upper Holes Creek at Holes Creek Park, 8575 Yankee Street. The project will also include two bridges and three culvert crossings over side streams of Holes Creek. 16

Centerville-Washington Park District Spring 2014 News & Events  
Centerville-Washington Park District Spring 2014 News & Events  

March-May 2014