Schoolhouse Park shelter

Shelter Reservations Resume

Perfect for birthday parties, graduation parties, family reunions and more, large group shelters are available in eight of the Centerville-Washington Park District community parks. Reservations for the 2021 calendar year may be made beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, April 1.…

mourning cloak butterfly

Harbingers of Spring

Spring! It’s the season when robins and red-winged blackbirds regale us with song and, in Ohio, when Hinckley welcomes back its turkey vultures. Who doesn’t look forward to the lengthening daylight and warming weather? But why wait for the robins…

Goldenrod gall in summer

The Gall of Those Goldenrods!

In late summer, at their colorful flowering peak, goldenrod (Solidago) flowers provide an important source of nectar for the late-season activities of butterflies, bees and wasps, flies, and other insects. But even in winter, when the plants have long since…

two adults and two children walking in Holes Creek at Grant Park

New Grant Park Master Plan Adopted

The Centerville-Washington Park District began work on the Grant Park master plan project in March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, proposed community engagement sessions were modified to include an online survey and a virtual community meeting. The online survey…

red squirrel on log gathering material for nest at Bill Yeck Park

To Hibernate or Not To Hibernate

Squirrels are among the most recognizable local wildlife; they’re noisy, they’re active, and they always seem to be around. But there’s more than one way to be a squirrel! Squirrels are members of the rodent family Sciuridae, and our local…

Monarch butterfly on aster in Bill Yeck Park

Amazing Migrations

With the season of diminished daylight upon us, the shift from summer wildlife to winter wildlife is pretty much complete. Insects have substantially disappeared from the meadows. You’re not likely to see a snake in your path through the woods.…

red squirrel at Bill Yeck Park

Going Nuts!

Going nuts! A good year for walnuts — and squirrels. These days, every squirrel seems to have a nut in its mouth. And if you walk in the woods, it’s hard not to notice the crunch of acorns underfoot, or…