Portions of the trails at Grant Park will be intermittently closed to the public due to forestry activities (ash tree removal) throughout the fall and winter months.
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
 Annual Luminary Walk  

Luminary WalkTake a peaceful stroll through Bill Yeck Park and step inside the Smith House to hear the Hithergreen Strummers play the dulcimers. Hot chocolate and a bonfire will be waiting to warm you up!

Attendees are encouraged to bring items for donation to Homefull, a local organization working to end homelessness.

Please consider donating: toilet paper, Clorox wipes, laundry detergent, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and/or a monetary donation.

Parking for the event is at Forest Field Park.

Updated: November 11, 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 begins 10 a.m. November 16. Nonresident phone or walk-in registration begins 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 12, 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
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

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