Westerville Parks and Recreation is always innovating to better serve the growing needs of our residents. Whether it's updating a playground with state-of-the-art equipment or developing a brand new park or facility, a project is constantly in the works.
On February 10, 2018, Westerville experienced the tragic line-of-duty deaths of two police officers. In the days that followed, a call to create a permanent memorial became the heartbeat of the community’s grief as plans were accelerated to expand the existing First Responders Park.
The Department engaged more than 200 first responders to create concepts and received feedback from over 3,000 citizens while $750,000 in fundraising was secured for the project. The site is now under construction to offer a solemn space of gratitude and remembrance, incorporating green space, a serene fountain, water features and interplay of natural elements for personal reflection. Learn more about the First Responders Park Renovation.
The plans for a new park at 480 S. Hempstead Rd. are taking shape. Starting with a series of public meetings in 2018, conceptual plans were developed based on resident feedback for the site.
The theme of this park centers around nature while implementing play features and recreational opportunities. The entry drive and bridge will be realigned along with the addition of a shelter, restroom, trail network, elevated play elements, nature play area, creek interaction zone and meadow as well as a parking lot for visitors.
The park design is being finalized and construction should begin in 2020. Discover more about Hempstead Park.
The Department reimagined Hanby Park integrating creative play, tourism and economic development into the historic district. The park, located at the mid-point of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail, has created a hub for social connectivity attracting thousands of people annually. It now includes a 24’ slide tower designed in an abstract formation that better resembles public art rather than a play structure, the community’s first spray ground, porch style swings and open space play.
An innovative approach was taken with this redevelopment project. Four public meetings were held for Hanby Park, as well as partnerships developed with POD Design, Westerville Sunrise Rotary, and Kids Around the World. These partners were brought together to reuse playground equipment at an orphanage in Mexico. Volunteers from Westerville installed the playground and will visit regularly to conduct ongoing safety reviews. These efforts will enrich the lives of children at the orphanage for years to come.
Find more details on Hanby Park.
Hoff Woods Park has always been a destination in Westerville for a variety of sports from volleyball to basketball and softball. To meet the growing need for more athletic courts and fields in the community, the park was significantly expanded. It now includes an additional park entrance, baseball/softball diamonds, dedicated pickleball courts, other athletic fields and green space.
Rotary Park was improved and re-energized in the Historic Uptown district. It now includes new seating, landscaping and a public art installation of a Monarch Butterfly to support the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. Learn more about Rotary Park.