Portions of the trails at
Grant Park will be intermittently closed to the public due to forestry activities (ash tree
removal) throughout October.|
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
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
if you have any questions regarding the Centerville-Washington Park District
October 9, 2015
Inviting all VIPs (Very Important Pooches) to ...
to the K-Nines," a new event at the
Dog Park at Oak Grove Park!
In celebration of the Halloween hoopla, glitz and glamour will be in full
effect on October 31 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Our
four-legged friends are invited to strut down the red carpet runway in their
Halloween costumes! Owner and pet costume duos are strongly encouraged.
There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for best costume!
Fun for the whole family! Spectators and paparazzi are welcome!
Dogs will be on-leash for the show on one side of the dog park, while the
other side of the dog park remains open for for use by off-leash dogs.
October 7, 2015
The Trails of Grant Park Haunted Again
Ghosts, ghouls and zombies haunt the trails of
Grant Park for two nights every October! This year's Haunted Trail will take place
Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22 from
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (last group is sent through at 9:00).
On this fun-filled evening you will be guided through the dark and spooky forest by a trail guide. The Haunted Trail is appropriate for ages 8+
(ages 7 and under will not be admitted).
The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods/nonperishable food items to be donated to local food banks.
The Haunted Trail is co-sponsored by the Centerville Noon Optimist Club; the University of Dayton Optimists; the Centerville High School Octagon Club; and the Junior Optimists Clubs at Incarnation School and Magsig, Tower Heights and Watts Middle Schools.
September 28, 2015
Skatepark Expanding at Oak Creek South Park
Ramp Company has been contracted to design and build an addition to the
skatepark at Oak Creek South Park. In mid-July, ARC held a meeting at the
skatepark to hear feedback from users regarding any new features they would
like to see included in the expansion.
The existing skatepark, opened in 2010, is a complex series of bowls and
transitions, but is short on basics that beginning skaters use as they are
learning. The overall consensus of the group was that the expansion needed
to include some basic elements. Therefore, the expansion will cater to the
beginner and intermediate skater. It will include 2’, 3’ and 4’ tall bank
ramps that will help beginners gradually work up to higher obstacles. There
will also be a 4’ tall quarter pipe with a ledge and an 8’ tall quarter pipe
that can be used by all skill levels.
A new stair set, rails and ledges will be geared more toward the
intermediate and advanced skater.
The new addition will be on the west side of the existing skatepark and
will run parallel to Miamisburg-Centerville Road. Construction will begin in October and is expected to be completed by June
September 4, 2015
Fall 2015 News & Events
Read the latest Park District news and find upcoming program
information in the September-November 2015 issue of News & Events!
This issue includes new registration procedures and more evening
and weekend programs for you to enjoy!
is now open for fall programs!
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August 27, 2015
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Take a Book, Leave a Book
are pleased to announce the
addition of a Little Free Library at Schoolhouse Park. This Little Free Library is the first in Centerville, and
one of eight registered in the greater Dayton area. A Little
Free Library is a collection of books where anyone may stop by
and pick up a book (or two) and leave behind another book to
share. This concept was introduced in Wisconsin and has turned
into a worldwide book sharing movement.
The Ribbon Cutting for the Schoolhouse Park Little Free
Library was held on July 13. A free story time for children
ages 5 and under followed the short ribbon cutting ceremony.
donations from the Centerville Rotary Club and the
Centerville-Washington Foundation helped make the Little Free
Library possible. The Carpenters Local 136 and the Ohio
Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program volunteered
their time and skills to build the library, which was designed
by Patrick Hansford Associates. The Little Free Library will be
monitored by the Friends of Washington-Centerville Library to
make sure it is always stocked with books. Visit to drop off a
book to enjoy and pick up a new one for yourself or your
You can find other Little Free Libraries in
our area and all over the world by visiting
July 13, 2015
Centerville-Washington Park District grows to 50 parks!
open space throughout the community is the foundation of the
Centerville-Washington Park District’s mission. We're excited to announce
that a recent land donation to the Park District by the William and Dorothy
Yeck Family Foundation will allow us to continue that mission. The Yeck
Family Foundation has donated 3.6 acres along Far Hills Avenue, at the
northernmost entrance to the community, which will become the Park
District’s 50th park.
“We’re proud to carry on the legacy of support in
expanding our community’s open spaces and the Park District’s tireless
efforts to improve the services they provide to our neighborhoods,” said Bob
Yeck, of the Yeck Family Foundation.
The park, to be named Little Woods Park, will be
developed primarily as a nature park, with an emphasis on native
plantings. The plants are planned to provide color during all
growing seasons—spring, summer and fall. Little Woods Park will
feature a crushed limestone path running north/south. Plans call
for native butterfly, herb, scent and prairie gardens along the
path. The Park District’s fourth Nature Literature Trail, in
partnership with the Washington-Centerville Public Library and
the Yeck Family Foundation, will also be installed along the
path. A small shelter and a picnic table grove are also planned.
The initial stage of park development, which is currently in
process, includes the removal of invasive honeysuckle and vines
along the eastern boundary of the property. The park is expected
to be open for public use in early summer.
We are grateful to the William and Dorothy Yeck Family
Foundation for their support of the Centerville-Washington Park
District and are excited to develop our 50th park!
January 16, 2015
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