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Park District Director Announces Retirement

Carol KennardAfter nearly 33 years, the last 17 as Director, Carol Kennard is retiring from the Centerville-Washington Park District in December. She was hired as the first full-time program director in 1982 and immediately began introducing new programs to engage people in their local parks. Hidden Meadows Day Camp, Winter Woods Day Camp, after school children’s nature programs, Haunted Trail and the Volunteer Naturalist Program are just a few of the successful programs she began.

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Updated: September 17, 2014 
Owlexander's Tree Trek Now Open!

Owlexander's Tree TrekOwlexander’s Tree Trek, the newest Nature Literature Trail, officially opened Saturday, June 14, 2014. There are more than 100 tree species in Ohio and the Tree Trek features 14 of these species, including the tree’s family name, leaf shape, bark appearance, commercial use, and, in some cases, interesting folklore. The Tree Trek is a one mile path that runs through the woods at Bill Yeck Park

Owlexander’s Tree Trek is the third trail in a creative collaboration between the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Centerville-Washington Park District. The Nature Literature Trails are funded by the Yeck Family Foundation.

With construction on Clyo Road in Centerville, the best directions are traveling from the north: travel south on Clyo Road; turn left onto Washington Creek; left on Sugarcreek; right on Mill Trace; left on Rooks Mill - park entrance will be immediately on the right. If you are traveling from the south: travel north on Clyo Road; turn right on Rooks Mill; cross over Spring Valley and continue on Rooks Mill and the park entrance will be 1/4 mile down on the right.

Updated: June 16, 2014

Park Levy Renewed

Centerville and Washington Township voters renewed the 0.9 mill levy that was on the ballot May 6, 2014. The levy will fund park operations for another 10 years with no increase in taxes. It provides:

  • Operating funds totaling about $1.4 million per year
  • Around 30% of day-to-day operational costs for 49 parks encompassing close to 1,000 acres of open space in Centerville and Washington Township. (Remaining funding comes from 2.0 mill levy that expires in 2018, along with some program income, donations and grants.)
  • Upkeep of athletic facilities, trails, shelters, playgrounds, skatepark, sprayground, dog park and support amenities
  • Requested park improvements

Thank you for supporting your parks!

Updated: May 7, 2014
Park District Appears on "Centerville Reports Today"

Centerville Reports Today, March 31, 2014Monday, March 31, Centerville-Washington Park District's Development Manager Bob Feldmann, appeared on "Centerville Reports Today." Watch now for an overview of the Park District's past ten years, and a preview of the next ten!

Future projects discussed include the Smith property at Bill Yeck Park, the new Robert F. Mays Park development and the upcoming Holes Creek Park trail.

Updated: April 4, 2014
Robert F. Mays Park Update

Robert F. Mays Park PlanRobert F. Mays Park construction is scheduled to start in the next couple of weeks. Jess Construction, Inc. was awarded the contract for the construction project that includes earth moving, drainage, seeding, planting of grasses/trees, and construction of the parking lot. Jess will be working for the rest of this year on the project with most of the heavy earth moving, drainage and construction taking place over the next six months. The planting and seeding operations are scheduled to take place in September and October of this year. It is our understanding from Washington Township that the construction of Paragon Road extension to the new park entrance and the Wallingsford turn-around is scheduled to start next week, weather permitting.

Future phases of the park development include construction of the shelter with restrooms (in 2015 thanks to a NatureWorks grant received), with playground, fitness stations, and walking trails completed once future funding is secured. View the final approved plan. (The Wallingsford circle is planned, but not shown on this map.)

If you have any questions during the construction project, please call the park headquarters at 937-433-5155.

Watch for future updates here!

Updated: March 27, 2014
Recycled Content Boardwalk and Observation Deck Planned for Oak Creek South Park

The Montgomery County Solid Waste District has awarded the Centerville-Washington Park District a 2014 Buy Recycled Grant. The Park District received $32,904, which will be used to build a wetland boardwalk and observation deck at Oak Creek South Park, 790 W. Miamisburg-Centerville Road. Materials used to construct the boardwalk and deck will be made of recycled content. Construction will be completed by Park District staff and will take place in fall 2014.

The boardwalk will provide a stable surface for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers, allowing people to safely walk out over the wetland area to better view plants and wildlife. This project will also provide new opportunities for environmental education and nature programs at Oak Creek South Park.

The Park District is committed to environmental responsibility and recently received the Montgomery County Dayton Regional Green 3’s Green Business Certification, a voluntary program designed to help businesses take basic green measures to reduce their ecological footprint, reduce their energy and resource use and save money in the process.

Updated: February 25, 2014
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