Concept Park and Quail Run Park are both currently closed to the public
due to forestry activities (ash tree removal). |
Iron Horse Trail will be closed
Monday, July 6 for sealcoating.
Take a Book, Leave a Book
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.
Make plans to
attend the Ribbon Cutting for the Schoolhouse Park Little Free
Library July 13 at 10:45 a.m. A free story time for children
ages 5 and under will follow the short ribbon cutting ceremony.
Bring along a book to share with the library and a picnic lunch
to spend some time in
the park after the ceremony and story time!
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
You can find other Little Free Libraries in
our area and all over the world by visiting
July 1, 2015
The Summer Pop-Up Park Challenge
you think you’re up to the challenge?
Thoughout the summer
we’ll be posting challenges on our social media accounts —
Instagram. Complete ten pop-up park
challenges on your own or with family and friends and win a
Graeter's gift card! Everyone that completes the challenge will also be entered for a grand prize! Most challenges will
involve visiting a specific park location to fulfill a task or
to find a landmark. Other challenges will involve attending one
of our summer special events! You won’t know the challenge until
the challenge timeclock begins, and then you’ll have
to complete it. Post a photo proving challenge completion with
the tag #itsacwpdsummer.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on
Instagram to get more updates about this summer’s
park challenge! We’re excited to spend the summer in the parks
The challenge began on June 1!Updated:
June 2, 2015
Summer News & Events
Read the latest Park District news and find upcoming program
information in the June-August 2015 issue of News & Events!
issue also includes information about Hidden Meadows Day Camp taking place this summer.
Registration for Hidden Meadows Day Camp began 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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April 20, 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.
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