Parks and Recreation
Grove City, OH 43123
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Grove City Parks and Recreation
Grove City Parks and Recreation offers hundreds of classes, programs and events for all ages and maintains three signature parks, a destination garden, a senior center, a family water park, a state-of-the-art skate park, eight playgrounds and numerous ball fields and bike paths.
Additionally, a variety of adult and youth sports, a before- and after-school childcare program (P.A.R.K.) and a preschool (RecSchool) exist to benefit the community.
The department works in coordination with the Grove City Division of Police, the Jackson Township Fire Department and the Grove City Community Relations Office to produce a full slate of community events such as Blast at Beulah, the Independence Day celebration; Balloons & Tunes, an annual hot air balloon festival; and the Grove City Christmas Celebration.
Parks and Recreation has an ongoing commitment to acquire and develop public green spaces and expand recreational programming.
The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department is one of just 108 departments nationwide and seven in Ohio to gain full accreditation from the National Recreation and Parks Association.
Equal Opportunities and Special Populations
The City of Grove City Parks and Recreation Department is committed to serving the whole community. All persons regardless of age, sex, race, color, national origin or religion are encouraged to participate. Our goal is also to include individuals with special needs in our existing programs based on their need and ability. Groups or individuals serving special populations are welcome to contact the department to make program arrangements. Please feel free to contact the parks and recreation department with concerns, questions or comments at 614-277-3050.
Residency and "Fair Share" Policy
The Many programs offered through the City of Grove City Parks and Recreation Department list two fees, one for “residents” and a slightly higher fee for “non-residents.” The department and its programs are supported by property and income taxes collected within Grove City corporate limits and contributions made from unincorporated Jackson Township.
The non-resident policy was developed to equalize registration fees so non-residents contribute to the overall financing on an equitable basis with residents. “Residency” status traditionally was granted to those living at addresses with parcel ID numbers beginning with “040” (Grove City) and “160” (unincorporated Jackson Township). The parcel ID for your address is available on your county auditor’s website. Visit the Franklin County Auditors website for all addresses in the 43123 ZIP code. These residences are served by the post office in Grove City, but are not necessarily within city limits.
The City of Grove City has extended “residency” status to include individuals employed in the city who pay income tax to the City of Grove City.
To be eligible for the lower rate, registrants must provide current verification of residency or eligible employment. Proof of residency consists of identification such as a valid driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID card, current utility bill or a check with an address printed by the bank accompanied by a photo ID. Non-residents employed within the City of Grove City must provide proof of employment on company letterhead with the signature of the personnel director or president or a current pay stub with employer’s name and address along with a state-issued ID or employee ID card. If the individual is an adult head of household, the residency status will be extended to all persons in the household. This process must be completed annually.
This policy is not retroactive and credit will not be given for previously purchased programs or activities.