Youth Programs

Grove City Parks and Recreation works to foster physical, mental and cultural development in community members through all stages of life. From team sports and gymnastics to nature experiences to crafts, children are exposed to a variety of experiences as they grow, learn and develop personalities while discovering their interests. Programs are detailed in The Source section of Discover Grove City magazine, published six times each year.

P.A.R.K. Childcare Programs

The before- and after-school childcare program, P.A.R.K., offers a safe, active place for children to be when not in school where they stay active physically, mentally and socially. After-school P.A.R.K. operates conveniently at six South-Western City School District (SWCSD) elementary schools serving kindergarten through grade four. Before-school P.A.R.K., which also serves intermediate school students, is located in the Kingston Center and includes transportation to schools not within walking distance provided by the SWCSD Transportation Department.

2021-2022 Registration Information

Registration for Before- and After-school P.A.R.K. opens to the public at 8 a.m., Wednesday, May 5. Registration is online.

Review the Registration Information for more details.

Please note that due to interest from returning families:

  • Before-school Intermediate P.A.R.K. is currently full.
  • Some sites have very limited availability

Spots are filled on a first-come basis based upon the time of application and are also available to siblings of current participants. A packet of forms, including emergency contact information, must be completed and a $30 non-refundable registration fee must be paid as part of the registration process.

After-school P.A.R.K. takes place in the gymnasiums at Buckeye Woods, J.C. Sommer, Highland Park, Monterey and Richard Avenue elementary schools from 2:40 to 6 p.m. every day the SWCSD is in session. The program does not operate when the SWCSD building is closed for any reason, scheduled or unscheduled (inclement weather, utility issues, communicable disease outbreaks, etc.).

After-school P.A.R.K.

Programmed After-school Recreation for Kids (P.A.R.K.) is a daily after-school childcare program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The program takes place in the gymnasiums at Buckeye Woods, J.C. Sommer, Monterey and Richard Avenue elementary schools, and runs from 2:40 to 6 p.m. every day the SWCSD is in session. The program does not operate when the SWCSD is closed for any reason including inclement weather, maintenance issues or health concerns. Qualified childcare providers staff each site.

The Highland Park site is currently on hold due to staffing issues.

P.A.R.K. provides planned cooperative games, fitness, indoor and outdoor activities, free art, special interest activities, stations, free-choice activities and much more. Children should bring a snack and water bottle to P.A.R.K. daily.

Parents of participants are responsible for reading and abiding by the information contained in the Parent Handbook. To ensure proper care of your child, a number of forms must be completed and returned to the office before the child may participate in the program.

Before-school P.A.R.K.

P.A.R.K. Before-school program creates a safe, fun environment for children in the morning hours before school starts for elementary (kindergarten through fourth grade) and intermediate (fifth and sixth grade) school students. The program meets at the Kingston Center from 6 a.m. until it is time for transportation, and includes supervised care and recreational activities as well as breakfast.

This program meets every day the SWCSD is in session; it does not operate when the SWCSD is closed for inclement weather. Transportation to the child’s school is provided by the SWCSD Transportation Department for students enrolled at Bolton Crossing, Buckeye Woods, Highland Park, Richard Avenue and Monterey elementary schools, and Holt Crossing intermediate school. Before-school P.A.R.K. staff walk J.C. Sommer elementary as well as Park Street and Hayes intermediate school students to their respective schools.

Summer P.A.R.K.

Summer P.A.R.K. is a full-day childcare program offered weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program offers cooperative games, fitness, indoor and outdoor activities, free art, special interest activities, on-site mini-camps, stations, free choice activities and more. Participants also take weekly field trips, including excursions to the Big Splash Family Aquatic Center. The program is available for children in kindergarten through fourth grade; participants must have completed kindergarten before starting the program.

Summer P.A.R.K. is conveniently located at South Western City School District schools, and is perfect for children on parents who live or work in Grove City or surrounding areas. The program operates for approximately nine weeks. There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee. Total tuition will be divided into three payments over the summer.

2021 Summer P.A.R.K.

Registration for Summer P.A.R.K. opens to the public in mid-April after the completion of the early registration period for current P.A.R.K. families. Participants complete registration online, but the family must have a household account set up. To set up or confirm your household account, call the Parks and Recreation Office in the Kingston Center at 614-277-3050.

For 2021, protocols will be in place for the program related to promoting community safety as COVID 19 persists. Specific procedures and policies will be shared as they become finalized.

Summer P.A.R.K. Parent Information

Play Zone

Children develop self esteem, independence and social skills through highly active games, outrageous play, special activities, free choice art and adventurous off-site trips at Summer PlayZone. This fun, outdoor-focused program takes place at the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave., and runs for eight weeks from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Participants must have completed kindergarten through fourth grade before taking part in the program.

Protocols will be in place for the program related to promoting community safety as COVID 19 persists. Specific procedures and policies will be shared as they become finalized.

Registration for Summer PlayZone is handled as a traditional June-July class (opens 8 a.m., Monday, May 10).