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 parks and recreation statistics include:
- 23 parks
- 459 acres of parkland
- 283 acres organized into parks
- 176 acres of open space
- 29.17 miles of paved multi-use paths
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.
- 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 (Gantz and Windsor parks) and 1 rentable gazebo (Gantz Park)
- 1 rentable (residents only) four-season enclosed shelter (Eagle Pavilion in Fryer Park)
- 12 shelters available on a first-come, first-serve basis
- 2 all-accessible playgrounds (Gantz and Windsor parks)
- 1 seasonal splash pad (Fryer Park)
- 1 pickleball complex with 6 courts (Windsor Park)
- 6 tennis courts (4 at Windsor Park, 2 at Gantz Park)