Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts

Welcome to the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department!

We have launched a new website, click the following link to find information for all of your recreation, arts and parks needs.


Mary Beth ThamanOur department has a rich history with a legacy that’s been established through a supportive community, dynamic City leadership and enthusiastic, innovative staff.

The department was founded in 1955 organized through volunteer efforts and identified in the City charter. In 1966, as the City population was exploding the volunteer board transitioned into an official department with the hiring of the first full time director.

Almost 60 years later, we’ve grown into one of the largest suburban departments in Ohio, exceeding most national benchmarks in program participation, facility and park use in addition to receiving local, state and national awards. We are proud and humbled by the support we receive from our residents as evidenced by our superior satisfaction ratings over the past years.

Our service to you is our number one priority. We constantly review and evaluate the effectiveness of our services and programs from your feedback, comments, and face to face encounters. We are focused on meeting your needs each and every day.

Thank you for your support and I hope we deliver the amazing positive customer experiences. Our innovative approach and excellent service is at the foundation of all that we do. We are proud to be one of the many City departments that make Kettering the community of choice.

Mary Beth Thaman, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts


In Kettering, we are focused on providing parks, recreation and cultural art spaces, places and programs that make Kettering a premiere community to live, work and play. We do this every day with our staff of talented professionals.


The Parks Division operates and maintains Kettering’s 21 parks as well as other open spaces such as street medians and the land surrounding the Kettering Government Center, Polen Farm and the city’s firehouses. Also in our Park Division is the Environmental Education program featuring two unique facilities, the Habitat Environmental Center and Pondview Park.

Adventure Reef

The Recreation Division operates and maintains the award winning Kettering Recreation Complex and provides thousands of programs and events each year for our residents. The Adventure Reef Water Park is the perfect place to cool off this summer. For those looking to get or stay in shape, we offer a variety of fitness opportunities with three group exercise studios and two fitness centers.

The Cultural Arts Division operates Rosewood Arts Centre and provides unique opportunities for the community to experience hands-on activities in visual and performing arts programs.More than just programs, the division offers several special events each year including Art on the Commons and numerous gallery openings and events.

Fraze Pavilion is southwestern Ohio’s premiere outdoor entertainment venue, celebrating its 24th season since Marvin Hamlisch christened the 4300-seat amphitheater in 1991.

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