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Grove City Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update | Nov. 24

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 open with certain restrictions; please follow posted signage to help prevent further closures:
    • Basketball hoops/courts
    • Playgrounds
    • Tennis and 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 is open.
  • The Eagle Pavilion is not available for rentals.

Sports and Facilities

  • Youth basketball leagues are delayed until after SWCSD winter break. Visit the basketball page for details.
  • 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 number of tables in the shelters has been reduced to aid with social distancing; do not move tables.
  • Water to outdoor restrooms and water fountains is shut off for the season.

Childcare and Preschool

  • P.A.R.K. is currently suspended as the SWCSD has returned to remote learning. P.A.R.K. will resume when student return to onsite learning.
  • 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.
  • RecSchool is suspended through December.


  • November and December classes and programs are canceled due to the increase in COVID-19.
  • January classes are available for registration. 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.

Pandemic Child Care

Action for Children’s website hosts information for families including an interactive map of the ODJFS-approved Temporary Pandemic Child Care programs in Franklin and the surrounding counties. Action for Children will update the map twice daily as the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services approves new programs and some programs request removal. Families can also submit a help request online or call specialists at 614-224-0222, ext. 299, for help connecting with a provider.

Please refer families and employers that might need Temporary Pandemic child care to Action for Children’s website.

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.

Commemorative Donations

Giving a commemorative tree or bench as a donation, a gift for a colleague or loved one, or to honor someone’s memory is a great way to enhance the Grove City community for years to come. The beauty and comfort of a tree has lasting value and benches provide places of contemplation to honor a loved one. Commemorative tree and bench donations are placed in Fryer Park, Gantz Park, Windsor Park, Henceroth Park and other areas as they develop.

Download the Commemorative Tree and Bench Donation brochure.

Engraved pavers at the Gardens at Gantz Farm are a unique and thoughtful gift to commemorate special people and occasions. Paver contributions enhance the beauty of the park, and all proceeds benefit future garden improvements.

Download the Gardens at Gantz Engraved Paver Program form.

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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