Grove City Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update | Sept. 21

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 building operated by the Parks and Recreation Department are closed to the public; staff will respond to calls and emails: the Evans Center. All services provided by Evans Center, including the lunch site and transportation program, are canceled.
  • The following buildings operated by the Parks and Recreation Department are open for registered program participants only and are closed to the public; staff will respond to calls and emails: Kingston Center, Gantz Barn and Gantz Farmhouse.
  • The following buildings are closed with no staff: Grant-Sawyer Home and Century Village.
  • The Grove City Welcome Center and Museum reopens to the public Tuesday, Oct. 6. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
  • The Eagle Pavilion is available for rentals starting Thursday, Oct. 1. Maximum occupancy is 36 and COVID-19 protocols must be followed by all attendees.

Sports and Facilities

  • The youth volleyball league will not be offered due to unavailability of SWCSD gyms.
  • Fall adult softball leagues are on.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • P.A.R.K. is available to registered participants on days the child is scheduled to attend school. The Highland Park is currently unavailable due to staffing issues.


  • October-November classes opened for registration on Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. Find details in the Source.
  • 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.

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)