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Grove City Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update | Feb. 23

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:

Sports and Facilities

  • Little League baseball registration is through Friday, Feb. 26. Visit the youth baseball 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 reservations for dates April 1 and later. They are open for walk-up usage through March 31. Please note 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. April 15 is the approximate date for it to be turned on.

Childcare and Preschool

  • P.A.R.K. is following a schedule based on the SWCSD blended learning environment. Participants attend P.A.R.K. only on days they are scheduled for onsite learning.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Summer P.A.R.K.
  • Summer P.A.R.K. registration opens to the public Tuesday, April 13.
  • RecSchool registration opens in February. Visit the RecSchool page for more information.


  • February and March classes are available for registration. Check out The February-March Source for details.
  • 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.

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 amenities are available 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
    • Outdoor shelters for walk-up usage
  • 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 Eagle Pavilion is available for reservation for April 1, 2021 and later dates.
  • Visit the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum webpage for status and hours.

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 183 departments nationwide and eight in Ohio to hold full accreditation from the National Recreation and Parks Association.

For a summary of Grove City Parks and Recreation programs and projects, review the annual dashboards: 2020 · 2019 · 2018

Our Locations

Kingston Center
(Registration for preschool, youth and adult activities)
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: 614-277-1060

Weather/Hotline: 614-277-3060

Office 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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