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 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
Inviting all VIPs (Very Important Pooches) to ...

Dressed to the K-Nines 2015"Dressed 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.

Updated: October 7, 2015
The Trails of Grant Park Haunted Again

Haunted Trail 2015Ghosts, 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.

Updated: September 28, 2015
Skatepark Expanding at Oak Creek South Park

Skatepark expansion plan

American 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 2016.

Updated: September 4, 2015
 Fall 2015 News & Events  

News & Events September-November 2015Read 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!

Registration is now open for fall programs!

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Updated: August 27, 2015
Take a Book, Leave a Book

Schoolhouse Park Little Free LibraryWe 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.

Generous 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 children!

You can find other Little Free Libraries in our area and all over the world by visiting

Updated: July 13, 2015

Centerville-Washington Park District grows to 50 parks!

Little Woods ParkPreserving 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!

Updated: January 16, 2015

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