Brand New Summer Camp Options!

We are excited to offer 3 new summer camp options for 2016! Camps are for ages 6-12 and take place at Forest Field Park. They are $40/week for Centerville/Washington Township residents and $70/week for nonresidents. Registration for these camps begins on May 16 at 10 a.m. for residents and  on May 23 at 10 a.m. for nonresidents. The first day of registration is online only.

Born to be Wild: June 13-16, 1-3:30 p.m.

Children will learn all about the animals we find in our parks — and pets, too! The animal-themed games, crafts and activities are sure to be a blast! This session will include a special presentation by SICSA. We will make a special craft to donate to their animals.

Ooey Gooey Park Patooey: July 11-14, 6-8:30 p.m.

We’re going to put a sticky spin on some of our favorite park games in this messy camp! We'll do nature science experiments and participate in an interactive presentation from a naturalist.

Go for the Gold: August 1-4, 1-3 p.m.

The Summer Olympics are starting early! Children will play kid’s versions of popular Olympic sports like badminton, fencing, tennis, volleyball and more! We'll create Olympic-themed crafts and, of course, hold an Olympic ceremony! The Dayton Dutch Lions will join us for a special demonstration. Come prepared to have fun and help bring your team to victory! 

Register online beginning May 16 (residents) or May 23 (nonresidents) at 10 a.m. >>

Updated: April 29, 2016

Big Rig Gig: Let Them Sit in the Driver's Seat

Big Rig GigSaturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - noon, Oak Grove Park

Plan to bring your children to explore the big vehicles from around town! They will be able to honk a fire truck horn, shift the gears of a Centerville-Washington Park District tractor, check out all of the buttons in the law enforcement vehicles and much more!

Usborne Books & More will be at the Big Rig Gig with theme books and giveaways! Sno-cones from Kona Ice will be available for purchase, with 25% of the proceeds benefiting the CARE program at Cline Elementary School.

Please note, this event is loud. Consider providing ear protection for your child(ren) if sensitive to sound. Attendees are encouraged to donate school supplies to aid Cline Elementary students in need. Donation suggestions include new/unopened markers, colored pencils and two-pocket folders.

Registration is not required for this free event.

Updated: April 22, 2016

Summer 2016 News & Events

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

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

Nonresident online registration begins 10 a.m. May 23. Nonresident phone or walk-in registration begins February 24.

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Updated: April 19, 2016

CacheQuest: A Geocaching Adventure Challenge

CacheQuestThe Centerville-Washington Park District is celebrating the start of spring with an exciting geocaching adventure challenge in the Smith Property area of Bill Yeck Park! The cache stages will be themed around the past, present and future of the Smith Property.

The first 50 participants to find and log all 6 caches will win a CWPD official trackable, and will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card from! Limit one entry per family. The drawing will take place on Friday, May 20.

Official Rules:

CacheQuest is a multi-stage challenge, with the coordinates for each cache found in the preceding cache. The first set of coordinates were released on March 20, 2016 on

Participants will need to sign the log book at each cache, log their finds on, and also keep a record of each cache’s title and coordinates for proof.

Participants will need to come to Park Headquarters to fill out a log sheet with the title and coordinates for each cache in order to claim their official CWPD geo-traveler. (Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Only the first 50 participants will receive a trackable.

One trackable per family.

Updated: April 19, 2016

May Meadows Family 5K Hike

Bring the whole family out for a pre-Mother's Day hike through the meadows and natural trails of Forest Field and Bill Yeck Parks Monday, May 2 from 6 - 7 p.m. Signs and staff will point you in the right direction as you hike the 3.1 miles.

Registration is required. Register online or call 937-433-5155.

Updated: April 11, 2016
The Park District is Hiring!

The Centerville-Washington Park District is now 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 office staff assist with program registration, facility reservations and public inquiries. They also provide administrative assistance for Hidden Meadows Day Camp and the Summer Recreation Program.

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.

Employment opportunities and application>>

Updated: April 8, 2016

Spring Archery CarnivalSaturday, April 30, 2016, 1 - 3 p.m.
Oak Grove Park

Welcome spring at the archery range with this fun, family-friendly event! Work on your skills while you play carnival-themed archery games for prizes!

New to archery? Certified Archery Instructors will walk beginners through the basics of shooting a bow and arrow. Local archery experts will also be there to help you learn about this fun, accessible sport.

Equipment will be provided for beginner instruction and a limited amount of equipment will be available for the games.

If you have your own equipment, please bring it with you to the event.

Registration is requested.

Updated: April 8, 2016

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

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
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
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