The Smith Entrance (2230 E.
Centerville Station Road) to Bill Yeck Park is currently closed for
construction. Please enter and park at Forest Field Park (2100 E.
Centerville Station Road) for access to the trails.|
Park Levy up for Renewal
The 0.9 mill renewal levy (Issue 4) on the ballot May 6, 2014 will fund park
operations for another 10 years with no increase in taxes. 24 full-time park
professionals and up to 50 seasonal (primarily summer) staff provide the
day-to day care and management of 49 parks that encompass close to 1,000
acres of open space in Centerville and Washington Township.
What the Levy Provides
- Operating funds totaling about $1.4 million per year
- Around 30% of
day-to-day operational costs for 49 parks; remaining 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
What New Park
Improvements Would be Possible?
- Develop the Smith Farm master plan at
Bill Yeck Park
- Complete final phase at Robert F Mays Park
portable toilets with permanent restrooms at Forest Field Park and Oak Grove
- Expand parking at the Grant Nature Nook
- Expand skatepark and
shade structures at Oak Creek South Park
- Update neighborhood parks, 20
years after last improvements
- Acquire parks in new plat development or
add acreage to existing parks
- Expand multi-use trail connections
throughout the parks and community
Levy stories are for information and
are not intended to support or promote the levy. For additional information
about the levy, visit the levy committee website
Updated: March 6, 2014
Tobacco Free Parks Survey
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and the Wright State
University School of Professional Psychology have worked together to create
a short, 10-question survey to gauge community interest around tobacco-free
parks and recreation centers. Many communities across the nation have chosen
to have their parks become tobacco- free for the following reasons:
- Parks and recreation facilities are established to promote healthy
activities, community wellness; and tobacco- free policies complement this
- Tobacco-free policies help to change community norms so that
tobacco use is not an acceptable behavior for young people or adults.
- The new Surgeon General’s report emphasized that secondhand smoke is a human
carcinogen for which there is no safe level of exposure.
is for Montgomery County residents only. The direct link to the survey is
The survey will be open until April 21, 2014.
Updated: April 9, 2014
Park District Appears on "Centerville
March 31, Centerville-Washington Park District's Development Manager Bob
Feldmann, appeared on "Centerville Reports Today."
Watch now for an overview of the Park District's past ten years, and a
preview of the next ten!
Future projects discussed include the Smith
property at Bill Yeck Park, the new
Robert F. Mays Park development and the upcoming
Holes Creek Park trail.
Updated: April 4, 2014
Robert F. Mays Park Update
Robert F. Mays Park construction is scheduled to start in the next couple of
weeks. Jess Construction, Inc. was awarded the contract for the construction
project that includes earth moving, drainage, seeding, planting of
grasses/trees, and construction of the parking lot. Jess will be working for
the rest of this year on the project with most of the heavy earth moving,
drainage and construction taking place over the next six months. The
planting and seeding operations are scheduled to take place in September and
October of this year. It is our understanding from Washington Township that
the construction of Paragon Road extension to the new park entrance and the
Wallingsford turn-around is scheduled to start next week, weather
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!
March 27, 2014
Recycled Content Boardwalk and Observation Deck Planned for Oak Creek South Park
The Montgomery County Solid Waste Division has awarded the
Centerville-Washington Park District a 2014 Buy Recycled Grant. The Park
District received $32,904, which will be used to build a wetland boardwalk
and observation deck at Oak Creek South Park, 790 W. Miamisburg-Centerville
Road. Materials used to construct the boardwalk and deck will be made of
recycled content. Construction will be completed by Park District staff and
will take place in fall 2014.
The boardwalk will provide a stable
surface for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers, allowing people to safely
walk out over the wetland area to better view plants and wildlife. This
project will also provide new opportunities for environmental education and
nature programs at Oak Creek South Park.
The Park District is
committed to environmental responsibility and recently received the
Montgomery County Dayton Regional Green 3’s Green Business Certification, a
voluntary program designed to help businesses take basic green measures to
reduce their ecological footprint, reduce their energy and resource use and
save money in the process.
Updated: February 25, 2014
Looking for Seasonal Employment?
The Park District is now accepting applications for part-time seasonal
employment. Opportunities are available in the program and operations
Summer program staff can work at Hidden Meadows Day Camp or at the
Summer Recreation Program. All
program staff must be enthusiastic about working with children, enjoy the
outdoors, and be willing to make a nine-week commitment beginning the first
week of June. Positions for applicants under age 18 are limited. Adult
applicants must pass a background screening.
Seasonal operations staff
assist with the day-to-day management of the Park District’s 49 parks. Work
includes mowing, trimming, painting, athletic field preparation, nature
trail improvement, park clean up, vehicle/equipment maintenance and
administrative building maintenance. Hours may include some weekends and
evenings. Second shift openings are also available. Operations staff must be
18 or older, insurable to drive Park District vehicles and pass a background
>>Learn more and obtain an application.
Updated: February 12, 2014
CWPD is Award-Winning!
We are proud to announce that we recently received two Awards of Excellence from
the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA)! The awards were presented
at the OPRA annual banquet held February 4, 2014 in Sandusky, Ohio in
conjunction with the 2014 OPRA Annual Conference and Trade Show.
Grove Park archery range was awarded first place in the sports programs
category. In fall 2012, Park District staff built an archery range in a
natural setting at Oak Grove Park. Funding for the construction cost was
made possible through the Federal Wildlife Restoration Grant. WRF come from
federal excise tax consumers pay when purchasing firearms, ammunition and
archery equipment. Funds are administered on a state level by the Ohio
Division of Wildlife.
The native seed nursery, located at Bill Yeck
Park, was awarded third place in the natural resources and conservation
category. The seed nursery was established in spring 2012 in order to have a
steady supply of native seeds to utilize throughout the parks. The seeds are
harvested by staff and volunteers. They are then planted in other locations,
establishing prairie gardens with beautiful blooms. The seed nursery allows
the Park District to reduce emissions through mowing, improve park
aesthetics, reduce chemical applications and provide suitable wildlife
The OPRA Awards of Excellence are judged on: project purpose,
goals and objectives, evaluation, community engagement and use of external
resources, challenges and creative solutions, and the overall impact of the
project. Leaders from park districts statewide judge the contest. Ohio park
districts submit their best projects from the previous year for
Updated: February 7, 2014
CWPD Earns Green and Blue Business Certifications
Centerville-Washington Park District has received the
Dayton Regional Green 3’s Green Business Certification, a voluntary program
designed to help businesses take basic green measures to reduce their
ecological footprint, reduce their energy and resource use and save money in
the process. In addition, the Park District showed exemplary water
stewardship and qualified for the Water Stewardship Blue Certification.
A wide range of criteria was met to gain the certifications, including
meeting standards in waste reduction, recycling, environmentally preferable
purchasing, water and energy conservation, and pollution prevention.
“Being green is not just something we do at the Park District; it is
something we teach others to do. We feel it is important to be role models
in our community as we all work toward a sustainable future,” said Katy
Malcolm, Park District Naturalist and head of the
Eco-Crew, the green initiatives group made up of Park District staff.
Updated: January 8, 2014
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