We provide parks, recreation and cultural arts spaces, places and programs that make Kettering a premiere community to live, work and play.
We strive to enhance the quality of life for all residents and to distinguish Kettering as a community of choice.
Mary Beth Thaman, Director
Mike Fleener, Parks Superintendent
Karen Durham, Fraze Pavilion Manager
Bill Tschirhart, Business Services Manager
Claudine Heizer, Communications/Marketing Manager
Shayna McConville, Cultural Arts Manager
Sonja Rom, KRC Facility Manager
Stacy Schweikhart, Division Manager, Programs/Special Projects
Jim Engelhardt, Division Manager, Sports/Fitness/School Facilities
Diane Debrosse, Assistant Facility Manager
Kelsey Copper, Youth & Family Program Coordinator
Addie Weaver, Youth Development Coordinator
Anna Breidenbach, Senior Program Supervisor
Rachel Sherwood, Fraze Operations Coordinator
Barry Sanders, Parks Supervisor
Matt Byrd, Parks Supervisor
You can contact any of the supervisors above by calling 937-296-2454 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code of Conduct
Upon entering a City of Kettering recreation facility and/or grounds, you are a participant of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department's program and, therefore, required to abide by the rules of the department. Your cooperation and consideration of these rules will help ensure all participants' enjoyment at all our programs. The following list of rules and regulations will be adhered to at all times.
1. Fighting or disorderly conduct is prohibited.
2. Any destruction or defacing of City property to include littering is prohibited.
3. Insulting, vulgar or disrespectful language is prohibited.
4. All use of tobacco products is prohibited. Youth 18 and under are prohibited from smoking anywhere on City property.
5. Chapter 612.12 of the City ordinance prohibits the use of any alcoholic beverages of any kind on City property without a permit.
6. Use, possession or selling of drugs is prohibited.
7. Gambling is prohibited.
8. Possession of guns, knives or other possible lethal weapons is prohibited.
9. Bicycles or motorcycles will be parked in designated areas.
10. Dogs, cats and other pets are prohibited inside facilities, except for those required for mobility assistance.
11. Loitering is prohibited.
12. Persons vandalizing or stealing equipment, supplies or personal items belonging to participants or personnel will be referred to the authorities.
13. Shoes and shirts must be worn in the buildings at all times except in locker room and swimming pool areas.
14. All additional rules for each area of the facility, i.e., gym, rink, pool, must be adhered to at all times.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department offers a Speakers Bureau community service program to provide groups and organizations with information on leisure opportunities for all ages. This service is free of charge and can be tailored to fit your group or organization. Download the full brochure below and contact us to schedule.
Speakers Bureau (PDF File - 202 KB)
The department produces an annual report and has provided copies here for viewing.
2005 Annual Report (PDF File - 7.4 MB)
2006 Annual Report (PDF File - 3.1 MB)
2007 Annual Report (PDF File - 2.1 MB)
2008 Annual Report (PDF File - 1.8 MB)
2009 Annual Report (PDF File - 1.0 MB)
2010 Annual Report (PDF File - 1.0 MB)
2011 Annual Report (PDF File - 1.0 MB)
2006 Needs Assessment
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department recently partnered with Wright State University's Center for Urban and Public Affairs to complete a needs assessment. The assessment consisted of a telephone survey and a series of focus groups with stakeholder groups. The executive summary is below. For a full version of the assessment, please email email@example.com.
Needs Assessment - Executive Summary (PDF File - 75 KB)
2008 Community Attitude and Interest Survey
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department recently hired Leisure Vision, a Division of ETC Institute, to conduct a Community Attitude and Interest Survey. The survey consisted of a telephone survey and a series of focus groups. The executive summary is below. For a full version of the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Attitude & Interest Survey - Executive Summary
(PDF File - 1.17 MB)
2008 Master Plan
Lorenz Williams and Brandstetter Carroll completed a master plan for facilities owned by the City of
Kettering and administered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. The master
plan was developed in preparation of a Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts bond issue that was
approved by voters in the November 2008 election.
The concepts and cost estimates contained in the master plan were in accordance with the $12.3 million
budget of the proposed bond issue. In addition, city leaders had agreed to earmark $5 million in
general funds for this initiative. The executive summary is below. For a full version of the survey, please email email@example.com.
2008 Master Plan - Executive Summary (PDF File - 4.48 MB)
2010 Community Survey
The City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department (PRCA) hired PROS Consulting, LLC to facilitate and develop a strategic plan in collaboration with staff. The intent of the Plan is to create a future direction for the agency as well as incorporate all of the various existing plans and information into one forward thinking document. The various plans reviewed included the 2004 Pricing and Organizational Analysis, 2005 Financial Analysis, 2006 Parks Master Plan, 2006 Program Needs Assessment, 2007 Search Institute Survey, 2007 Senior Needs Assessment, 2008 Attitude & Interest Survey and 2008 Facility Master Plan. The executive summary is below. For a full version of the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2011-2014 Strategic Plan- Executive Summary (PDF File - 293 KB)
2011 Strategic Plan
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department recently hired Leisure Vision, a Division of ETC Institute, to conduct a Community Survey. The survey consisted of a mail survey and incorporated reports from focus groups conducted by Wright State University. The executive summary is below. For a full version of the survey, please email email@example.com.
Community Survey - Executive Summary (PDF File - 765 KB)
Employee Recognition Program
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts department recently introduced a new employee recognition program. This program is designed to recognize employees who demonstrate our Vision through their work. Employees will be nominated by co-workers, supervisors or even the general public.
To nominate an employee, complete the application form below and return to the Administrative Office at 3600 Shroyer Road.
Nomination Form (PDF File - 23 KB)