Westerville has defined Environmental Stewardship as one of its core values. This value drives the City's commitment to treating the natural environment with care and respect while promoting a sustainable lifestyle for today and generations to come.
Westerville remains firmly committed to the preserving the natural environment while actively integrating green practices into our physical footprint.
The Department is dedicated to the protection of wetlands, floodplain, woodlots, ravines and other natural corridors to ensure; availability of wildlife habitat, water quality and public access for both enjoyment and education.
- Westerville has 166 acres of designated greenways, 42 acres of wetlands and 31 acres of open water. An additional 60 acres of park land has been recently acquired for the purpose of recreation and conservation.
- Greenways and Natural Resource Areas were created where current public space has natural preservation as a central function. Other local properties with significant preservation value have been identified for potential acquisition if they become available.
- Many of the preservation sites in Westerville contain interpretive signage to provide educational information for visitors and more nature-related programming.
- Through an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency grant, the Highlands Park wetlands have been restored. Plant life increased from 12 species to 217; and animal life increased from 10 species to 179.
- The Department partners with an environmental education organization to offer ‘Frog Fridays’ at the wetlands. This hands-on amphibian-friendly program educates and builds awareness of the wetlands habitat and species. It has seen more than 5,000 participants in the past three years.
- The redevelopment of the Highlands Park Aquatic Center utilized sustainable design and building practices including natural storm water management and use of recycled materials.
- A 43-year Tree City USA, the Department planted nearly 2,000 new trees in the past three years, continuing to broaden Westerville's tree canopy.
- Native species and pollinators (like milkweed and coneflower) are routinely planted to promote a healthy landscape throughout Westerville, along the trails and medians, in parks and developments.
- Mobility and declining fuel use has been improved through the use of utility vehicles along the trail system for both maintenance and delivery of services.
- Energy costs at the Community Center have decreased by $50,000, and remain on the decline through new efficiency efforts and measures.
- The Department has tripled the number of recycling receptacles at parks and along the trails.
Alum Creek Park North
Boyer Nature Preserve
Hannah Mayne Park
Hoff Woods Park
Millstone Creek Park
Westerville Sports Complex
Alum Creek Greenway
Park Meadow Rd (Chase Bank)
Cooper Rd (Chase Bank)
College Knolls Retention
County Line Acres Bikeway
County Line Woods
Mariner's Cove Wetlands
Otterbein (East of Cleveland Ave.)
Polaris Parkway Greenway
Spring Grove North Greenway
Spring Valley Greenway