Spring News & Events
all the latest Park District news and find upcoming program
information in the March-May 2015 issue of News & Events! This
issue also includes information about Hidden Meadows Day Camp
and Junior and Senior Adventure Camps taking place this summer.
Registration for spring programs and Adventure Camps begins
February 9 at 10 a.m. for Centerville and Washington
Township residents (February 16 at 10 a.m. for nonresidents).
Registration for Hidden Meadows Day Camp begins on April
20 at 10 a.m. for Centerville and Washington Township
residents (April 27 at 10 a.m. for nonresidents).
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January 23, 2015
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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
Robert F. Mays Park Update
we approach the cold winter months, we wanted to provide an update on Robert
F. Mays Park. All drainage for the fields and parking lot has been
completed. Jess Construction has performed 20,100 cy of excavation and
22,300 cy of embankment, leaving 6,500 cy of fill remaining for the site.
The existing soils were mostly clay, so Com-Til was incorporated to add
nutrients to the soil. Everything was re-graded to make sure the playing
fields were at the proper elevation. A “dormant seed” of the Green Velvet Sports
Mixture will be applied to the athletic fields over the winter months. The
native plant areas and turf areas will get temporary seed as per the plans.
The mounding around the exterior of the fields is very close to finish grade
and many, but not all of the tress have been planted. The remaining trees
will be planted over the winter months.
The parking lot has the first
4.5” of aggregate base on top of the subgrade. All curb in the
parking lot has been installed. The wall ball wall footer has
been poured and construction of the wall has started. We will
continue to push forward with all items of work that aren’t
weather sensitive and hope to have only a few remaining items
from Phase 1 construction flow into next year.
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!
December 4, 2014
Park Board Selects New Executive Director
Park District Board of Commissioners has selected Arnold “Arnie”
Biondo (pictured on right with wife, Nancy) to lead the organization as the new executive director.
Biondo replaces Carol Kennard, who will retire at the end of
December after serving as executive director for 17 years.
Updated: November 20, 2014
Biondo was selected from a national candidate search
conducted by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.
“We were extremely happy with the
quality of candidates who put forward their names for
consideration,” said David Lee, president of the park board.
“During the search process it was clear to us that Arnie was an
excellent person for the position because of his extensive
experience in strategic planning and management of parks, along
with his warm personality.”
Arnie has served in the field
of parks and recreation for more than 38 years. His most recent
position was as the executive director of the Forest Preserve
District of DuPage County in Wheaton, Illinois where he
initiated and championed the first ever strategic planning
effort, reaching out to school, park, conservation and city
officials for input in the effort. Prior to his time at Forest
Preserve District of DuPage County, he spent 18 years as
executive director of Carol Stream Park District in Carol
Stream, Illinois. He led the Carol Stream Park District to earn
the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and
Recreation Management in 2002 and again in 2008. He is a member
of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration
(AAPRA), an organization of distinguished practitioners and
scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation
field. Membership to AAPRA is through peer nomination. Though
much of Biondo’s career has been in Illinois, he is no stranger
to the greater Dayton area. He served as the superintendent of
recreation for the City of Kettering from 1981 to 1982.
Biondo received a bachelor’s degree in recreation and park
management from University of Oregon and a master’s degree in
leisure services, marketing and management from DePaul
University. He is married to a Dayton native, Nancy, and has
three children, Peter, Matthew and Emily.
“I couldn't be
happier about joining CWPD. The parks, preserves, sport fields,
facilities and programs are top notch,” said Biondo. “It's clear
to me that the residents of Centerville and Washington Township
place high value on their recreation and open spaces. I look
forward to continuing to meet their needs.” He will officially
begin his position as executive director on December 1. Arnie
will be available to meet the community at the
Centerville-Washington Park District’s next special event, the
Sixth Annual Holiday Luminary Walk, Friday, December 12 from
6:30-8:30 p.m. at Grant Park, 501 Normandy Ridge Road.
After Combined 60 Years of Service, Two Park District Managers Retire
Centerville-Washington Park District said farewell to two
valuable long-term employees last week. Bob Feldmann,
Development Manager, and Barbara Smith, Business Manager, both
retired after a combined total of nearly 60 years of service to
the Park District.
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Updated: November 3, 2014
Park District Director Announces Retirement
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.
Read more (PDF)>>
Updated: September 17, 2014
Owlexander's Tree Trek Now Open!
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.
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
- Upkeep of athletic facilities, trails, shelters, playgrounds,
skatepark, sprayground, dog park and support amenities
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Thank you for supporting your parks!
Updated: May 7, 2014
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