When a community calls itself a “City Within a Park,” you know there’s a true dedication to parks and recreation. With more than 650 acres of parklands, 18,000 trees, 51 miles of trails and four premiere facilities (including an expanding 96,600 sq. ft. community center), Westerville lives up to this vision. In fact, thanks to years thoughtful planning, 95% of City homes are located within a half-mile of a developed park. You see Westerville’s parks aren’t simply a weekend destination, but a core identifying feature of the community.
Westerville Parks and Recreation works purposefully to maintain this legacy, receiving national accreditation since 2005 by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), and being honored with the prestigious National Gold Medal four times for excellence in park and recreation administration.
The Department serves more than 850,000 people annually through services for participants ranging from preschool-age to senior adults. Within the past three years, more than 80,000 people have attended free events and classes offered through the Department; and we host nearly 3,000 programs each year. We've grown through decades of citizen commitment: giving volunteers, engaged residents, active program participants and park system users along with generous, dedicated funding.
Our parks, trails, and facilities set the stage for our residents and visitors to connect and discover the best versions of themselves. This drives us to innovate while remaining protective of the City's time-honored traditions. We even celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2016. And just as we have cherished and learned from our past, we're always pushing toward the future.