The Family Cupid Shuffle 5K Hike scheduled for Saturday, February 13 has been cancelled due to forecasted frigid temperatures.

Gonzalez Brothers Named Outstanding Youth Leaders

Owen and Gavin GonzalezBrothers Owen (17) and Gavin (16) Gonzalez were recently selected for the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s (OPRA) “Outstanding Youth Leadership Award” as recognition of their extensive volunteer work with the Centerville-Washington Park District! They volunteered for numerous nature education programs, recreation programs and special events in 2015 -- accumulating a combined total of 236 volunteer hours -- providing inspiration and serving as role models for area children attending CWPD programs. We are honored they choose to volunteer their time with us!

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Updated: February 10, 2016

The Park District is Hiring!

The Centerville-Washington Park District in now accepting applications for a full-time Park Operations Technician, responsible for the professional maintenance of 50 parks including but not limited to: mowing, athletic field preparation, playground maintenance, etc.

The Park District is also accepting applications for seasonal employment.

Summer program staff can work at Hidden Meadows Day Camp, at the Summer Recreation Program or as the Summer Naturalist Intern. All program staff must be enthusiastic about working with children, enjoy the outdoors, and be willing to make a 10-week commitment beginning the first week of June.

Seasonal operations staff assist with the day-to-day maintenance of the Park District’s 50 parks. Work includes mowing, trimming, painting, athletic field preparation, nature trail improvement, park clean-up, vehicle/equipment maintenance and building maintenance.

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Updated: February 2, 2016

Forest Field Park Master Planning Session

Forest Field Aerial ViewHave you heard? Forest Field Park is getting a makeover!

Get involved with the redesign of one of the greatest assets in the community! Discuss current amenities and bring your ideas about new features for the park.

Forest Field Master Planning Session
Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
Centerville High School, South Commons

RSVP to or 937-433-5155.

Updated: January 26, 2016

Spring 2016 News & Events

News & Events March-May 2016Read the latest Park District news and find upcoming program information in the March-May 2016 issue of News & Events!

Online registration opens for spring programs 10 a.m. February 16 for Centerville and Washington Township residents! Phone or walk-in registration begins February 17.

Nonresident online registration began 10 a.m. February 22. Nonresident phone or walk-in registration began February 23.

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Updated: January 14, 2016

The Winter Pop-Up Park Challenge  

Winter Pop-Up Park ChallengeThe Pop-Up Park Challenge is back for winter to give your family a little extra motivation to go exploring! Throughout the winter months we’ll be posting challenges on our social media accounts — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Complete ten out of 15 posted pop-up park challenges and win a $20 Dorothy Lane Market gift card! In addition, each winner will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $100 Cabela’s gift card — opening this spring at Cornerstone of Centerville!

Most challenges will involve visiting a specific park location to fulfill a task or find a landmark. Other challenges will involve attending one of our winter events! You won’t know the challenge until the challenge timeclock begins, and then you’ll have a deadline to complete it! Post a photo proving challenge completion with the tag #itsacwpdwinter.

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Updated: December 1, 2015
Penbrooke Garden Club Donates to CWPD  

Penbrooke Garden ClubThe Penbrooke Garden Club recently generously donated $1,350 to the Centerville-Washington Park District! The money has been earmarked to fund landscaping around the Smith House at Bill Yeck Park, shade trees in the new area of the Dog Park at Oak Grove Park, and an Eagle Scout project to replace trail markers at Grant Park.

The Penbrooke Garden Club receives funds to donate to other organizations from their annual May plant sale. Volunteer gardeners in the group donate hardy perennials, herbs, ground covers, shrubs, and wildflowers grown in their own gardens to be sold. “We like to use the money we make at the plant sale to fund gardening projects that benefit the very community where we receive our funds,” said Mary Sipple, President of the Penbrooke Garden Club.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the club has made a donation to the Centerville-Washington Park District. Thank you, Penbrooke Garden Club!

Updated: November 17, 2015
The Dog Park at Oak Grove Park is Growing

Dog Park at Oak Grove ParkThe dog park currently features two fenced-in areas of approximately one acre each — one area for dogs under 35 lbs. and another for dogs over 35 lbs. The Park District is in the process of adding a third one-acre area to the off-leash park. The addition will be on the southeast corner of the existing dog park and will include a shade structure, shade trees, benches and picnic tables.

The purpose of the third area is to allow for the occasional rotation of large dog areas, causing less wear and tear on the turf — in other words, more grass, less dirt and mud! This change will result in fewer weather-related closures of the dog park, something dog park visitors have requested.

The area was recently graded by Flora Excavating and will be fenced in by Mills Fence. It was seeded in late September by Park District staff. The area will need time for the new turf to establish before it can be open for use. We expect the new area to be put into rotation by fall 2016.

Updated: November 10, 2015
Winter 2015 News & Events  

News & Events December 2015-February 2016Read the latest Park District news and find upcoming program information in the December 2015-February 2016 issue of News & Events!

Online registration opened for winter programs 10 a.m. November 9 for Centerville and Washington Township residents! Phone or walk-in registration began November 10.

Nonresident online registration began 10 a.m. November 16. Nonresident phone or walk-in registration began November 17.

Please note that the books for the Booked for Lunch book club have been changed since press time. New books for December: When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped us Win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning. New book for January: Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy, by Judith Pearson. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Updated: November 18, 2015
Managing the Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an ash tree-killing insect from Asia, was first identified in Ohio in 2003. The pest has since spread to all other parts of Ohio and beyond. A significant portion of trees in the 1,000 acres of parkland managed by the Park District are from the ash family.

An ongoing effort is underway to identify all dead and diseased ash trees found in each of the 50 parks that we manage. We have developed a proactive response to identify and remove hazardous ash trees in the parks’ public areas such as, picnic areas, trails, athletic fields and parking lots, or near roadways, structures and property boundary lines. This year, we have removed approximately 400 EAB infested trees. Because ash trees make up a significant percentage of our forest canopies, this number accounts for a small fraction of the total number of ash trees that will be impacted by the EAB infestation.

Safe parks are always our priority. We strongly encourage park visitors to proceed with caution when visiting any park area with standing timber. Please avoid areas where active forestry activities are in progress. Every attempt will be made to keep trails open and clear during these activities, but some closures will be necessary for your safety.

We will continue to monitor ongoing EAB research and control efforts. Moving forward, we aspire to minimize environmental disturbance and economic impact while keeping the safety of our parks as a top priority. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Centerville-Washington Park District EAB program.

Updated: October 9, 2015
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