Parks and Recreation2020-07-13T10:09:16-04:00

Grove City Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update | July 13

Due to ongoing issues with COVID-19 and directives from the State of Ohio, Grove City Parks and Recreation instituted the following policies and procedures until further notice:

Outdoor Areas

  • Parks and paths remain open to the public; please maintain social distancing of six feet and keep to small groups. Please use your best judgement, adhere to social distancing (six or more feet between members of your family and other people) and practice increased hygiene efforts. If you feel ill or have a reasonable suspicion you may have been exposed to the virus, please stay home.
  • The following facilities are now open with certain restrictions; please follow posted signage to help prevent further closures:
    • Basketball hoops/courts
    • Playgrounds
    • Tennis/pickleball courts at Windsor Park
    • Tennis courts at Gantz Park
    • The Grove City Skate Park
    • Off-leash dog areas in Breck Community Park
  • The Big Splash and the Splash pad at Fryer Park will reopen Saturday, May 29, 2021. See you next summer!

Offices/Parks and Recreation Operated Buildings

  • The Parks and Recreation Office in the Kingston Center is closed to walk-in transactions. Staff will respond to calls and emails. For urgent in-person matters, please contact the office at 614-277-3050 to make an appointment.
  • The following buildings operated by the Parks and Recreation Department are closed to the public; staff will respond to calls and emails: the Evans Center, Gantz Barn and Gantz Farmhouse.
  • The following buildings are closed with no staff: Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, the Eagle Pavilion, Grant-Sawyer Home and Century Village.
  • All services provided by Evans Center, including the lunch site and transportation program, are canceled.

Sports and Facilities

  • A summer-fall youth baseball season is being offered. Practices begin the week of Monday, July 13. Opening Day is Saturday, Aug. 8 with games held in August, September and October. The registrations of players who signed up for the spring-summer league are applied to this season; a separate fall league will not be offered in 2020.
  • Fall adult softball leagues are on; registration is open during July. Games start Aug. 16.
  • The following baseball and softball diamonds are available for public use when not already being used for Grove City Parks and Recreation activities on a first-come, first-served basis: Windsor Park fields 7, 8 and 11; Fryer Park East 1-4 and West 1-4; and Evans Park. New reservations are not being accepted.
  • Outdoor shelters are available for walk-up usage. Previously made reservations for shelters will be honored, but no new reservations are being accepted.
    Be aware that the amount of tables in the shelters have been reduced to aid with social distancing; do not move tables.
  • Eagle Pavilion is closed until further notice.

Childcare

  • Summer P.A.R.K. and Play Zone will not be offered in 2020.
  • Registration for Before- and After-school P.A.R.K. for the 2020-2021 school year is open to the public. Available spots are filled on a first-come basis based upon the time of application. Some sites are at capacity, so call 614-277-3050 to confirm space is still available before attempting to register.

Classes/Programs

  • Some June and July classes are being offered with with certain accommodation and procedure to maximize safety. Download an activity guide. Registration is now open.
  • Some August and September classes are being offered with with certain accommodation and procedure to maximize safety. Download an activity guide. Registration is now open.
  • Looking for ideas to keep you and your family engaged as you stay at home? Check out some of our suggestions on the Source at Home page.

This is a dynamic situation, so all policies are subject to change without warning. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Parks and Recreation

Grove City Parks and Recreation offers hundreds of classes, programs and events for all ages and maintains three signature parks, a destination garden, a center serving the older population, a family water park, a skate park, an off-leash dog park, numerous playgrounds and 19 ball fields and miles of multi-use recreational paths.

Additionally, a variety of adult and youth sports, a before- and after-school childcare program (P.A.R.K.) and a preschool (RecSchool) exist to benefit the community.

The department works in coordination with the Grove City Division of Police, the Jackson Township Division of Fire and the Grove City Community Relations Office to produce a full slate of community events such as the Summer Sizzle Concert Series, Fryer Flicks on the Hill Outdoor Movie Series, Grove City Independence Day Celebration, EcoFest and the Grove City Christmas Celebration.

Parks and Recreation has an ongoing commitment to acquire public green spaces for active and passive use and expand programming for all ages and abilities.

The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department is one of just 169 departments nationwide and 10 in Ohio to gain full accreditation from the National Recreation and Parks Association.


Our Locations

Kingston Center

3226 Kingston Ave., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-277-3050

Evans Center (Registration for 55+ activities)

4330 Dudley Ave., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-277-3050

Weather/Hotline: 614-277-3060
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Residency Rates & Fair Share Policy

The lower “resident rate” provides credit to those paying municipal taxes that help support the programs and events offered by the City of Grove City. To qualify as a resident, a person must live or work in Grove City or Jackson Township. This does not include all of ZIP code 43123; ZIP codes are used by the U.S. Postal Service to designate the office that delivers mail to an address. Visit Franklin County Auditor’s website to check your address. Grove City parcel IDs start with 040; unincorporated Jackson Township with 160.

Through the City of Grove City Fair Share Policy, non-residents who pay income tax to the City of Grove City are eligible to participate at resident rates. To be eligible, non-residents must annually provide proof of employment on company letterhead with the signature of the personnel director or a current pay stub showing the employer’s address.

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