Parks & Rec Dept.
200 South Hamilton
Gahanna, OH 43230

(614) 342-4250
(614) 342-4100 Fax

Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F


Active Adult programs include Yoga, Basketball & Volleyball Open Gym and Gahanna's walking team. For additional information or if interested in partnering with Gahanna Parks & Recreation to provide a new program contact our office at 614-342-4250 or email

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Basketball & Volleyball Open Gyms

Open gym participants must be 18 years of age and bring a valid driver’s license. If a license or State ID is not presented, participants will be charged the standard rate. Passes may be purchased at the Parks & Recreation office and are valid for volleyball or basketball. Open gyms will run October, 15th 2015 - April 28th, 2016. A schedule including start date and skip dates will be posted at, all information listed below is subject to change.

Adult Open Gym Dates 2015 & 2016

Basketball: 18+
Age: 18+
Day         Time                      Season Pass RDR/SR*
Tue          8:30-10:30pm          $70/$80
Location: Middle School South, 349 Shady Spring Dr.
*No Single Visits - Season Pass only

Basketball (30 and over):
Ages: 30 and over
Day    Time             Single Visit RDR/SR*   Season Pass RDR/SR
Thu     8:30-10:30pm  $5/$8                               $70/$80
Location: Middle School South, 349 Shady Spring Dr.

Volleyball (18 and over):
Ages: 18+
Day     Time               Single Visit RDR/SR* Season PassRDR/SR
Tu&Th  8:45-10:30pm   $5/$8                                                $70/$80
Location: Middle School East, 730 Clotts Rd.


Modifications will be given for different levels. We will explore more gentle asana to restore the body from the busy holiday season.
Activity  Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
410102C Tue*        Nov 3 – Dec 15      6:30-7:45pm            $80/$90
*Skip Nov 24

Slow Flow Hatha Yoga
Gentle, slow flowing warm ups get the body and mind ready to move into a variety of more challenging flow series, including sun salutations and other creative flow movements. Meditation and breath work incorporated.
Modifications provided for all student levels. This class will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, and energized. To enjoy your yoga experience, please bring a yoga “sticky” mat and 2 firm blankets.
Instructor: Lori Bower, RYT 500, RMT, Certified Yoga on High Instructor & Sue Johnson, RYT 500, RMT, Certified Yoga on High Instructor

Activity    Day Date Time RDR/SR
410101A Wed        Sept 9-Oct 14         10:30-11:45am        $80/$90
410101B  Wed*      Nov 4-Dec 16         10:30-11:45am        $80/$90 
Location: Golf Course Clubhouse, 220 Olde Ridenour Rd.

Active Adult

Gahanna Get Moving Team
The Gahanna Get Moving Team has walked thousands of miles over the past few years, training and talking their way to fun and fitness. Liz Plott leads this group and will share her wisdom on walking and healthy lifestyles. The group meets at Creekside Park on every Saturday morning at 8 am, rain or shine. Registration is required prior to participation.
Ages: 18+
Instructor: Liz Plott, volunteer
Class          Day       Date               Time      RDR/SR
760000       Sat         Year Round    8am        Free
Location: Creekside Park, 117 Mill St.

Date Night Art Class: Picasso Your Love!
Couples Date Night never looked so amazing! Guided by a professional artist, you and your friend or significant other will paint a vibrant and humorous version of each other’s portrait, Picasso-style.  Each month, various themes may be taught for return artists! Couples are welcome to bring their own bottle of wine to enjoy during theart class. No previous art experience is needed. Select Fridays or Saturdays, Monthly. Cost is per couple.
Ages: Active Adults/Active Senior
Activity  Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
410602B  Fri           Oct 23                     7-9:30pm                 $70/$80
410602C Sat           Nov 21                    7-9:30pm                 $70/$80
410602D Fri           Dec 11                    7-9:30pm                 $70/$80
410602E  Sat           Jan 16                      7-9:30pm                 $70/$80
Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St.

Paint the Parks

Our first series of acrylic paint classes will take place outdoors in a various Gahanna Park settings (“Outdoor Parks Series”). Our second series (“Indoor Landscapes”) will take place at The Center - Art Room.  Under the guidance of your instructor, you will paint beautiful landscapes worthy of exhibition! Beginner-Intermediate artists welcome and all supplies are included in class fee. Intermediate artists are welcome to bring additional art supplies at their choosing. Cost includes all supplies.

Session I: Outdoor Parks Series
Activity  Day         Time                      RDR/SR
410603A Sat           9:30am-12pm          $120/$135

Oct 10     Friendship Park Gazebo, 150 Oklahoma Ave.
Oct 24     Creekside Rotary Stage, 117 Mill St. 

Session II: Indoor Landscapes
Activity  Day         Time                      RDR/SR
410603B  Sat           9:30am-12pm          $120/$135
Nov 7 & 21    The Center, 480 Rocky Fork Blvd.
Dec 5 & 19    The Center, 480 Rocky Fork Blvd.


Western Square Dancing
Fun, Fitness, Friendship! This informal dance class provides great social and physical fitness benefits for those looking to do something new, fun, and exciting. Dancers will easily move through a pattern of basic dance steps directed by the “Caller” in a manner which is entertaining, mentally stimulating and easy to learn. Don’t miss out on this timeless dance style which is as fun today as it was in the 18th century! 13 weeks.
Activity  Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
411003A Tue          Sep 8-Dec 8*          7-9pm                      $50/$60
Location: The Center, 480 Rocky Fork Blvd.
*skip Nov 3

Holiday Herb Crafts at the Center

Celebrate the holiday season with herb crafts and music. For two hours on Thursday, the Herb Center staff will bring a variety of crafts to create. Give them away as gifts or enjoy as keepsakes. 
Activity  Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
410604A Thu          Dec 10                    6-8pm                      $5/craft
Location: The Center, 480 Rocky Fork Blvd.

Art w/ Heather Reese

Local artist Heather Reese has over 10 years of experience and specializes in programming for all ages. Mediums includes acrylic, mixed media, installation art and illustration. You do not need to be a member of the Gahanna Senior Center to participate. Supplies included in cost.


The most enjoyable way to create beautiful, breathtaking images with patterns...the art of doodling! This amazing, therapeutic art form is perfect for beginners through advanced.

Activity Day         Date       Time                      RDR/SR
410605C Fri           Nov 6-20 1-2:30pm                 $22/$31  3 weeks
410605D Fri           Jan 8-29   1-2:30pm                 $28/$38  4 weeks
410605E  Fri           Feb 5-26  1-2:30pm                 $28/$38  4 weeks

 “Serengeti” Acrylic class
Create this visually stunning African sunset landscape, filled with African wildlife!
Activity Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
410606B  Mon         Nov 16                    1-3pm                      $20/$30

“Northern Lights” Acrylic class
Paint this breathtaking, 12”x20” panoramic piece with glowing northern lights!
Activity Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
410606C Mon         Nov 23 & 30           1-2:30pm                 $30/$40

 “Bonsai Sky” Acrylic class
Paint this gorgeous, serene silhouette of the mountains of Japan. 11”x14” on acrylic paper.
Activity Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
410606D Mon         Jan 11 & 25              1-2:30pm                 $26/$36

“Heaven’s Birch” Acrylic class
You will paint a beautiful birch tree that stretches to the sky! Class will be painting on 2 frame-able acrylic notecards, (frame included!)
Activity Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
410606E  Mon         Feb 1 & 8                1-2:30pm                 $26/$36

“Birds of a Feather, Flock Together” Acrylic class
Don’t miss this memorable class! You will be painting your family tree on 8”x10” acrylic paper, with birds! You can choose you and a spouse, or branch out and put all the kids and grandkids on branches as well.  Included in the fee are 8 print copies of your painting that you can share with family.
Activity Day         Date                       Time                      RDR/SR
410606F  Mon         Feb 22 & 29            1-3pm                      $32/$42

Community Garden Plots
The Community Garden at Friendship Park and the NEW Hannah Park location are the perfect places to grow! We will begin renewing plots on September 1. You must renew your plot by October 5 to keep the same plots! All new plots and plots not renewed by October 5 will be open for sale and ready for new gardeners on November 6. Don’t forget to renew early to avoid losing your plot! A limited number of handicapped accessible beds (2’ height) are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Applications will be accepted until all plots have been spoken for.

Location: Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave.
Lease Term: November 1, 2015 – October 31, 2016
Friendship raised beds are available in 2 sizes:
4’ x 4’ beds RDR: $10 each    SR: $15 each
4’ x 8’ beds RDR: $15 each    SR: $20 each

Location: Hannah Park, 6547 Clark State Rd.
Lease Term: November 1, 2015 – October 31, 2016
Hannah raised beds are available in 2 sizes:
4’ round beds RDR: $10 each      SR: $15 each
4’ x 8’ beds RDR: $15 each         SR: $20 each