Summer in the City.

Schools are out, pools are open, parks are bustling, and family vacations are underway.

Summer options are abundant, but where to begin?

Start with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s summer guide.

With more than 350 parks, 29 community centers, five athletic complexes, six golf courses, eight outdoor pools, 8,221 acres of parkland, 120 miles of regional trails, 14 nature preserves, 29 pollinator gardens, three reservoirs, and the expertise of roughly 1,800 employees, the department has broad impact.

In addition to all those assets, the programs — from sport leagues and summer camps to fishing and dancing — provide numerous options to engage.

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s mission, vision, and values statements.

We are proud of our partnership with the department and its new foundation. The breadth of their offerings are by design and have been championed for the last four years from Tony Collins, Director of Recreation and Parks. His innovative leadership has made a difference.

The start to summer also brings an end, as Tony’s departure was announced last week.

We wish to recognize his role in creating connections to nature, wellness, and creativity. As he moves on to lead YMCA of Central Ohio, we know Columbus will be that much closer to becoming a socially equitable city.

Article by: Kerri Laubenthal Mollard, Founder & CEO

2019-05-30T20:04:53+00:00May 30th, 2019|