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. Kettering’s parks range from the 95.2-acre Indian Riffle Park, 2801 E. Stroop Road, to the 0.8-acre Glaser Park, 1851 Doris Drive.
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Online shelter reservations available beginning January 9, 2015 for Kettering residents:
**Park FYI**: Civic Commons fountains are under construction until the Spring 2015. Click here to read the Dayton Daily News article.
Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department won the Grand Plaque in Class IV (population 30,001 – 75,000). Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.
The Parks Division’s efforts in keeping Kettering green have been recognized by receiving the Tree City Award for the last 31 years. Nearly 1,800 trees and shrubs were planted on city-owned properties and public right-of-ways last year.
Kettering residents and visitors can enjoy a tobacco free environment in most of the parks areas and facilities owned and managed by the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department (PRCA).
PRCA has designated Tobacco Free Zones in all of our City parks and facilities. The primary reason for restricting tobacco products in certain areas of our parks and facilities is to reduce exposure of secondhand smoke to children. The Surgeon General has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. The negative health consequences associated with exposure to secondhand smoke can be detrimental to children’s health. Tobacco Free Zones in parks and around park facilities send a message to youth that being tobacco free is consistent with a healthy environment and lifestyle.
Celebrate the past… Build the future! When asked about Polen Farm located at 5099 Bigger Road, many residents are eager to share fond memories of weddings, picnics, business retreats and community events they have attended at Polen Farm. The Kettering Parks Foundation is offering individuals and groups the change to puchase specially inscribed commemorative bricks for placement in one of our many patios and walkways at Polen Farm. Proceeds from the sale of these bricks will be used to help redecorate the House.
To purchase your Polen Farm commemorative brick, complete the form and send it and your check to the Kettering Parks Foundation, c/o 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering, OH 45429.
Kettering Veterans and Inventor Campaign – Veterans Memorial & Charles F. Kettering History Walk
The Kettering Veterans & Inventor Campaign is a major fundraising effort by the Kettering Parks Foundation and its campaign committee to seek funding needed for the construction of two new projects at Delco Park. These new funding initiatives are: The Kettering Veterans Memorial and The Charles F. Kettering History Walk. Both will be totally funded through private contributions.
Your help is needed to make these projects a reality. With your support you will demonstrate a commitment to honoring our “home town” heroes and remembering all those who have helped preserve our liberty, or you may wish to play a part in preserving local history by recognizing the accomplishments of a man who shaped the future of the Miami Valley and the world. There are several ways to become involved with the campaign. You can donate online by clicking the Give Now button or print out and mail a pledge form to: Kettering Veterans & Inventor Campaign, PO Box 292787, Kettering, OH 45429. In-kind contributions are also welcome. You can also become involved with the campaign as a volunteer. Volunteers are needed to help with various events, fundraising, and to refer others for solicitation.
Please contact the City of Kettering Parks Maintenance Center if you have any questions or concerns regarding our beautiful Parks. Thank you!