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Grove City Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update | June 2

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Due to ongoing concerns 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 groups of 10 or fewer. 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 Monday, June 1 with certain restrictions; please follow posted signage to help prevent further closures:
    • 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 following facilities are closed until further notice:
    • Basketball hoops/courts
    • Playgrounds
    • Splash pad at Fryer Park

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 youth baseball season will be held with practices beginning Monday, July 13. Games will be held in August, September and October. The registrations of players who signed up for the spring-summer league are applied to this league. Players who cannot participate may call the office through June 30 to receive a refund.
  • Summer adult softball leagues are canceled.
  • Fall adult softball leagues: registration opens Wednesday, July 1.
  • Baseball and softball diamonds are closed to public use.
  • Reservations for shelters and the Eagle Pavilion are not currently being accepted.
  • The Big Splash will reopen Saturday, May 29, 2021.


  • Before and After-school P.A.R.K. registration for the 2020-2021 school year is open via online, email, mail and dropbox. To register online, please make sure your family has household and online accounts open with the department. Call 614-277-3050 for assistance.
  • Summer P.A.R.K. and Play Zone will not be offered in 2020.


  • Some June and July classes are being offered with certain accommodation and procedure to maximize safety. Download an activity guide. Registration opens Wednesday, June 3.

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.

City Parks

The Grove City Park System has been an important commodity to the Grove City community since the 1950s. In 1974, the first director for the Department of Parks and Recreation was hired. In 1982, the City Charter was amended to create a Park Board. Five members of the community are appointed by the Mayor to serve in an advisory capacity for the Department of Parks and Recreation.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for recreation programming including, but not limited to: aquatics, environmental education, preschool classes, preschool enrichment, youth and teen enrichment, after-school and before-school child care, gardening enrichment and education, youth and adult individual and team sports, adult enrichment, community special events, older adult (55 years +) enrichment and health and wellness programming.

Additionally, the Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for the maintenance and development of parks and facilities. Current statistics about the parks include:

  • 21 parks
  • 320 acres of parkland

Parks are open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk (with the exception of the Big Splash). Water to shelter restrooms and drinking fountains is turned off approximately Oct. 15 through April 15 each year to prevent damage caused by frozen pipes.

Facilities include:

  • 1 outdoor waterpark (Big Splash)
  • 1 herb garden (Gardens at Gantz Park)
  • 1 center for 55+ activities (Evans Center)
  • 1 renovated barn used for programming (Gantz Park)
  • 1 dog park with separate off-leash areas for large and small canines (Breck Community Park)
  • 4 rentable shelters and gazebos
  • 1 rentable (residents only) four-season enclosed shelter (Eagle Pavilion in Fryer Park)
  • 14 shelters available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • 2 all-accessible playgrounds (Gantz and Windsor parks)