News News 2019 CWPD Annual ReportThe Centerville-Washington Park District (CWPD) 2019 Annual Report is now available. Discover what exciting things happened last year in yourRead more. Announcement COVID-19 UpdateParks remain open for your visits. We understand that a walk in the park, spending time in natural surroundings mayRead more. Announcement Summer Camp Registration DelayedOnline registration for Adventure Camp, Decoy Art Nature Art Camp, Hidden Meadows Day Camp, Preschool Play Yard, Sugar Valley DayRead more. Announcement Things to Do While Social DistancingThis is a difficult time for us all. We hope to help our community by encouraging outdoor activities that willRead more. Announcement Natural History HikeWe have a brand new hiking experience for all ages! Grab a Grant Park Natural History Hike brochure at theRead more. Announcement Programs, Reservations, Athletic Events CanceledActions around the country regarding mitigation of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have moved at a rapid pace. At this time, we haveRead more. News Forest Field recognized for cutting-edge designThe Great Lakes Park Training Institute (GLPTI) recognized the Centerville-Washington Park District (CWPD) for innovative park design at the Institute’sRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Catherine TollefsonSeventeen-year-old Centerville High School student Catherine Tollefson recently planted a Monarch Waystation at Holes Creek Park. She researched appropriate plantsRead more. News Our Coyote NeighborsCoyotes are found in all 88 of Ohio’s counties. Coyote sightings in Centerville and Washington Township are somewhat rare, butRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Simran SuranaSimran is a senior at Centerville High School. At school she participates in Science Olympiad — growing her love ofRead more. Program Neighborhood Park Spring Spruce UpRally your family and neighbors to spruce up your neighborhood park this spring! Get to know your neighbors and showRead more. Announcement Now Hiring!The Centerville-Washington Park District is currently accepting applications for a part-time program assistant and seasonal employees in operations and programming!Read more. Announcement Spring Program RegistrationOnline registration for spring programs begins Monday, February 10 at 10 a.m. for Centerville and Washington Township residents. Online nonresidentRead more. Announcement Become a Park CommissionerUPDATE AS OF 3.27.2020: The selection of a new commissioner has been postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. DavidRead more. News 2019 Butterfly Survey Results2019 Butterfly Survey Results 2019 was the Centerville-Washington Park District’s 9th year documenting butterflies in Grant Park! All results areRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Bill KeegansAt 23, Bill Keegans left his home in Scotland and emigrated to Australia. As a software developer, Bill was workingRead more. Announcement Recycle Holiday LightsDon’t let broken lights dim your holiday spirit! The Centerville-Washington Park District now is a collection location for the FiveRead more. Parks 2020 Shelter ReservationsPerfect for birthday parties, graduation parties, family reunions and more, large group shelters are available in eight of the Centerville-WashingtonRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Julianne GonzalezJulianne is in 9th grade and has been involved in park programs since kindergarten! She’s the youngest of five childrenRead more. Special Event The Winter Pop-Up Park ChallengeAre you up to the challenge? The Pop-Up Park Challenge is back for more winter-themed fun! Beginning Monday, December 2,Read more. Announcement Winter Program RegistrationOnline registration for winter programs begins Monday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. for Centerville and Washington Township residents. Online nonresidentRead more. Volunteer Spotlight John KennardJohn is a life-long resident of the Dayton area, who graduated from Fairview High School and attended Wright State University.Read more. Parks Bill Yeck Park Master PlanThe Centerville-Washington Park District initiated a Bill Yeck Park trail master plan as a priority from the CWPD 2016-2019 StrategicRead more. News Commercial Photography PermitsWe agree, parks are a wonderful place to have family photos taken! However, commercial activity, including commercial photography, is notRead more. News Improved Efficiency in Park District OperationsSince the 1960s, the Centerville-Washington Park District (CWPD) park maintenance and operations staff has worked out of the same smallRead more. Program Earn Tools to TrekGet ready to explore! Attend Centerville-Washington Park District Tools to Trek programs to earn a FREE Trek Pack! Print aRead more. Announcement Fall Program RegistrationOnline registration for fall programs began Monday, August 12 at 10 a.m. for Centerville and Washington Township residents. Online nonresidentRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Jeremy EatoughJeremy is an eighth grader at Magsig Middle School in Centerville. He has been enjoying park programs for many years.Read more. Announcement Backpack Adventures ProgramThe Park District’s mission is to deliver fun, healthy and outstanding park experiences. We recognize that doesn’t always come inRead more. Parks Neighborhood Park ImprovementsIn the fall of 2018, the Centerville-Washington Park District embarked on an effort to get neighbor input and opinion aboutRead more. Announcement Traveling OwlexanderOnce again Owlexander is ready for a summer full of adventure! Will you take him with you? Color Owlexander in,Read more. Announcement Pop-Up Pup ParksDiscover a fun way to get together with your neighbors and their dogs this summer! In an effort to createRead more. Announcement Are You up to the Challenge?Throughout the summer months, we’ll be posting challenges on two of our social media accounts — Facebook and Twitter. Complete tenRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Tammi EslingerTammi Eslinger has been a Centerville resident for nearly 25 years. The wife of an Air Force officer and aRead more. Parks Hithergreen Project UpdateIn late April, the Park District officially took ownership of the Hithergreen site! The property is now owned by theRead more. Announcement Food for ThoughtFood Allergy Awareness Week is May 12 – 19, 2019. Help make playgrounds a safe place to play for childrenRead more. Parks Activity Center Park SpraygroundThe sprayground is opening for the season Friday, May 24! If you are planning a group visit to the spraygroundRead more. Announcement Summer Program RegistrationOnline registration for summer programs begins Monday, May 13 at 10 a.m. for Centerville and Washington Township residents. Online nonresidentRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Katie KressKatie is a sophomore at Centerville High School. Volunteering with some of her closest friends, her favorite part is meetingRead more. News Outstanding Organization of the Year AwardThe Wright Brothers District of the Boy Scouts of America recently recognized the Centerville-Washington Park District as their Outstanding OrganizationRead more. Program Fourth Annual Friends and Family Hike SeriesRegular nature hikes strengthen the heart, lungs, muscles and mind. The Centerville-Washington Park District (CWPD) designed the Friends and FamilyRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Joe DiMisaJoe first volunteered with CWPD in 2004 as a founding member of the Creating Community Connections task force. The taskRead more. Announcement Summer employment opportunitiesThe Centerville-Washington Park District is now accepting applications for part-time, seasonal employment! Summer program staff can work at Hidden MeadowsRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Hayley ZimbricHayley is a senior at Centerville High School. Outside of school, she spends time playing soccer and volunteering for theRead more. News Former Hithergreen Center Site to Become ParkCenterville and Washington Township residents will soon have a new park to enjoy! The nearly 15-acre parcel of land isRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Tom ConwayTom’s love of nature started developing when his parents bought a 245-acre dairy farm. Tom and his brother worked sideRead more. News Eagle Scouts Improve CWPD ParksBoy Scouts Evan Jones and Chandler Wilson recently completed projects with the Centerville-Washington Park District to earn Eagle Scout badges,Read more. News Centerville-Washington Park District Wins OPRA AwardOhio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) has announced its 2018 Annual Awards of Excellence winners. The Centerville-Washington Park District wonRead more. Announcement Dogs in Parks Cover Contest!Votes were counted on November 12 at 4:30 p.m. Congratulations to our winner, Oakley! You will see Oakley on theRead more. Announcement New Online Program Registration Procedure!A new system is in place to improve your online program registration and shelter reservation experiences! Prior to winter programRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Hithergreen StrummersThe Hithergreen Strummers are a Mountain/Lap Dulcimer group. This talented group of musicians has generously shared their talents with CWPDRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Alex PearlAlex has been an active community volunteer since his family arrived in Dayton more than 30 years ago. He becameRead more. News Community Joins Together for SafetyCenterville-Washington Township’s five public entities have joined together to introduce the “We Support Safe Communities” program as a way toRead more. News Ash Tree-cyclingOver the last decade, the emerald ash borer (EAB) has become the most destructive forest pest seen in North America.Read more. Parks Bill Yeck Park User SurveyBill Yeck Park is a 194-acre natural area along 1.75 miles of Sugar Creek. The park is treasured by hikers,Read more. Volunteer Spotlight Harry BarnesHarry was a special education teacher for 39 years before his retirement in 2013. He has been married for 37Read more. Volunteer Spotlight Megan PerryMegan is a student at Oakwood High School. She first became interested in nature through photography and exploring the woods.Read more. Video Explore Your Community’s BIG Backyard! School is out, summer is here and adventure awaits — all right here in your community’s BIG backyard! GetRead more. Announcement Traveling Owlexander!Owlexander is ready for a summer vacation! Will you take him with you? Color Owlexander in, cut him out andRead more. News CWPD a Finalist for 2018 National Gold Medal AwardThe American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), recentlyRead more. Announcement Community Member ProfileNational ParkRx Day is Sunday, April 29. This growing movement encourages everyone to see park visits as important to health andRead more. Announcement Community Member ProfileNational ParkRx Day is Sunday, April 29. This growing movement encourages everyone to see park visits as important to health andRead more. Announcement Community Member ProfileNational ParkRx Day is Sunday, April 29. This growing movement encourages everyone to see park visits as important to health andRead more. Announcement Community Member ProfileNational ParkRx Day is Sunday, April 29. This growing movement encourages everyone to see park visits as important to health andRead more. Parks Forest Field Park Playground: Design Preference SurveyForest Field Park has been a site for exciting improvements over the past year, including a paved walking path, gravelRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Wendy RachlinAfter teaching English for 34 years, Wendy retired from Tecumseh High School and began her career as a volunteer. SheRead more. Parks New Addition to Yankee ParkThe Centerville-Washington Park District is celebrating the addition of the fourth Little Free Library within your park system. A Little FreeRead more. Announcement Nominate CWPD to receive a $20K grantFor the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt DisneyRead more. Parks More Pollinator Habitats Coming SoonPollinators, most often honey bees, are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take! The loss ofRead more. Announcement 2017 Annual Report Available2017 was a busy year! In November, you passed a 10-year park operating levy with the highest YES vote inRead more. Special Event Amazing RaceDue to forecasted thunderstorms on April 14, the Amazing Race has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 7. The CWPD AmazingRead more. News Fifth Graders’ Plan Takes RootA class lesson on ecosystems inspired a fifth-grade Destination Imagination team from Weller Elementary School into action. The students learnedRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Lane SchnellYouth Volunteer Lane Schnell was an immense help to CWPD this past summer, volunteering her time at Hidden Meadows DayRead more. Parks Grant Park Trail Closure NoticeA section of the Grant Park yellow trail has been temporarily CLOSED to travel due to the accelerated rate ofRead more. Special Event Ultimate Warrior ChallengeDo you have what it takes to be a ninja warrior? We are partnering with Ninja Obstacle Parties and CentervilleRead more. Announcement Final You Spoke, We ListenedYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Jeanne SchierlohJeanne developed an appreciation for nature as a child. She is the youngest of five children who were able toRead more. Announcement Everyone Should Enjoy ParksYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. Announcement Overwhelming Approval of Levy RenewalYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. News Iron Horse Park UpgradesFollowing the direction of the 2014 levy approved by voters, the Centerville-Washington Park District is systematically replacing older playgrounds. WeRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Hannah NickosonHannah is a busy freshman at Centerville High School. In between studies and babysitting, she finds time to volunteer forRead more. Announcement Future Trails and PathwaysYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. News Bill Yeck Park named Connect to Nature SiteBill Yeck Park has been named a “Best in Ohio Connect to Nature Site” by Miami Valley Leave No ChildRead more. Parks Forest Field Park ConstructionCommunity-directed improvements are coming to Forest Field Park! A favorite site for hikers, picnickers and tennis players, the 44-acre communityRead more. Announcement Quality Family TimeYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. News CWPD Rocks 1,000 Member Celebration!Introduced to the community in March 2017, the CWPD Rocks Facebook group has reached 1,000 members! Celebrate with us! We’veRead more. Announcement Nonresident Fees Stretch Tax DollarsYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. News New Little Free LibraryFourteen-year-old Alter High School student Lauren Shenk is making a difference! Today Lauren donated a Little Free Library to RobertRead more. Announcement Shade & Dogs: Two of Your Favorite ThingsYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. News AED Ribbon Cutting CeremonyThe Centerville-Washington Park District teamed up with youth athletic organizations in the community to provide AED (automated external defibrillators) stationsRead more. Special Event Family Celebration of National Hunting & Fishing DayThe Park District, the Centerville Noon Optimist Club and the Washington-Centerville Public Library are excited to be co-sponsoring the secondRead more. Announcement The Big Chair in Your Big BackyardThis BIG chair is going on a tour of your 50 parks! (Because sometimes you just need to sit down,Read more. Announcement More Nature Classes and ProgramsYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Sue MeyerSchool outreach is an important community role for the Centerville-Washington Park District. Our naturalist is in high demand for classroomRead more. Parks New Playground Coming SoonThe Iron Horse Park playground has served the community long and well, but it is ready for an upgrade! FollowingRead more. Announcement More Natural AreasYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. News Rain Barrel Design Contest WinnerWashington Township resident Leslie Jeannet’s artistic talent earned her a new 55-gallon rain barrel! This summer, we invited the communityRead more. Announcement More Ways to Participate: Evenings and WeekendsYour Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Maribeth GonzalezVolunteering runs in the Gonzalez family. Maribeth is no exception, having contributed a whopping 225 hours of service to theRead more. Parks Pleasant Hill Park Expansion PlanExciting things are happening in your parks! The newly acquired extension of Pleasant Hill Park will remain largely undeveloped asRead more. Announcement More Park Programs!Your Centerville-Washington Park Board is serious about providing the park and recreation opportunities you want. In 2015, a large samplingRead more. News November Levy Will Not Increase TaxesAt the June 12 meeting of the Centerville-Washington Park District Board of Commissioners, a resolution was passed to place aRead more. News AEDs Installed to Save Lives in ParksThe Centerville-Washington Park District is teaming up with youth athletic organizations in the community to provide AED (automated external defibrillators)Read more. Volunteer Spotlight Julia LeetJulia spent 30 years of civil service at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, serving in the Air Force Research LaboratoriesRead more. News Rain Barrel Design ContestWin a 55-gallon rain barrel by using your artistic talent! The Centerville-Washington Park District has a rain barrel to installRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Nathan HolthausNathan is a junior at Centerville High School. He has lived in Centerville almost his entire life, moving here whenRead more. News MCARC Visiting Parks to Educate Dog OwnersCenterville-Washington Park District (CWPD) and Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (MCARC) are teaming up to remind local park visitors aboutRead more. Announcement CWPD RocksThere’s a new treasure-hunting experience in your parks created to make you smile! We’ve been busy painting rocks and hidingRead more. News Expansion of Village South ParkThe Centerville-Washington Park District has acquired another high-quality natural habitat for residents to enjoy. The 6.7-acre parcel of land isRead more. News Brownie Troop Lends Hand with Tree PlantingThe Centerville-Washington Park District staff plants mature size trees each year to help replace trees that have been lost dueRead more. Volunteer Spotlight Cambra EdmondsonThe word “hardworking” perfectly describes this Centerville resident! A graduate of the University of Dayton with a B.S. in CriminalRead more. Parks Ash Tree Removal in the ParksForestry activity for the removal of ash trees infested by the emerald ash borer (EAB) will continue throughout the winterRead more. News BIG Backyard Party!We hosted a free community appreciation event Saturday, October 22, to celebrate the grand opening of your newest community park,Read more. Parks Owlexander’s Tyke HikeVisit a new park feature! Hike the Schoolhouse Park path with Owlexander, the Park District mascot, and his woodland friends.Read more. News Centerville-Washington Park District acquires Zengel Pleasant Hill PropertyCenterville-Washington Park District acquires Zengel Pleasant Hill Property The Centerville-Washington Park District has acquired another high-quality natural habitat for residentsRead more. News New Pickleball CourtsThe sport of pickleball has been steadily gaining popularity in the greater Dayton area. A cross between tennis, table tennisRead more. Parks Restoring Donnybrook Fen: A Hidden GemDonnybrook Park is home to a unique feature – it contains the only known fen in the Centerville/Washington Township area!Read more. Parks New Pollinator HabitatsPollinators, most often honey bees, are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take! The loss ofRead more. Parks New Places to PlayIt’s time to change up your playground routine and visit a park you haven’t explored! Beechwood Springs, Rosewood and WagonRead more. Parks Updated improvement plans for Forest Field ParkExciting improvements are in the works for Forest Field Park! Public planning sessions were held in February to receive communityRead more. Special Event A Geocaching Adventure ChallengeA Geocaching Adventure Challenge The Centerville-Washington Park District is celebrating the start of spring with an exciting geocaching adventure challengeRead more. Parks Archery Range Improvements on TargetThe Centerville-Washington Park District recently received close to $24,000 in grant money from the Ohio Division of Natural Resources DivisionRead more. News Gonzalez brothers named outstanding youth leadersBrothers Owen (17) and Gavin (16) Gonzalez were recently selected for the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s (OPRA) “Outstanding YouthRead more. News Penbrooke Garden Club Donates to CWPDThe Penbrooke Garden Club recently generously donated $1,350 to the Centerville-Washington Park District! The money has been earmarked to fundRead more. Parks The Dog Park at Oak Grove Park is GrowingThe dog park currently features two fenced-in areas of approximately one acre each — one area for dogs under 35Read more. News Managing the Emerald Ash BorerEmerald Ash Borer (EAB), an ash tree-killing insect from Asia, was first identified in Ohio in 2003. The pest hasRead more. Parks Skatepark Expanding at Oak Creek South ParkAmerican Ramp Company has been contracted to design and build an addition to the skatepark at Oak Creek South Park.Read more. Parks Take a Book, Leave a BookWe are pleased to announce the addition of a Little Free Library at Schoolhouse Park. This Little Free Library isRead more. Parks New Boardwalk and Observation DeckThe Montgomery County Solid Waste Division awarded the Centerville-Washington Park District a 2014 Buy Recycled Grant. The Park District receivedRead more. Parks Park Additions Expand OpportunitiesThe landscape was changing quickly while contractors were hard at work improving several parks for your increased enjoyment. A hardRead more.