Departments

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

Parks & Recreation Events 

2017 Story Trail
Gahanna Parks & Recreation has collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Gahanna School students to present the Gahanna Story Trail. Join us as we kick-off a brand new story this summer. The Story Trail provides an engaging opportunity for visitors to learn the value of being good stewards of our environment as they walk and read the story. The Story Trail is also part of the Gahanna Library’s Summer Reading Program encourages families to engage in the outdoors through reading.

Date: May - September 2017
Location: Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Creekside Live presented by Lew Griffin Insurance
The Creekside Live is a summer concert series with live entertainment headlined by popular bands from the Midwest.  Bring your friends and coworkers to enjoy Creekside along with a variety entertainment, food and beverage sales that are oriented for active adults in the Central Ohio area on select Friday’s during the summer. Event is supported by the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation along with other local organizations, sponsorships are available, contact zac.guthrie@gahanna.gov for more information.
Date & Time: 6-10pm, 2nd & 4th Friday’s, June- August
Location: Creekside Park, 117 Mill Street
June 9 – McGuffey Lane (Country Rock) w/ Lee Gantt duo (Country)
June 23 – The Reaganomics (80’s Dance) w/ JJ Snare (Party Variety)
July 14 – Pop Gun (Classic Rock Tribute) w/ Jesse Henry (Folk)
July 28 – The Ark Band (Bob Marley Tribute) w/ Andy Shaw Band (Reggae Rock)
August 11 – Velvet Shake (Party Rock) w/ The Goldsberrys (Jamgrass)
August 25 – Soul Kitch’n (Soul & Funk) w/ Will Freed (Blues)

Music in the Park presented by Toyota Direct in partnership with Make Gahanna Yours
Gahanna’s beloved live music tradition is back at Friendship Park thanks to Make Gahanna Yours and other community volunteers. Bring your blanket and picnic basket, sit back, watch the kids enjoy the park and listen to music at beautiful Friendship Park. 
Dates:  Thursday’s: June 1, 15, 29; July 6, 20; August 3, 17
Times: 6:30-8pm
Location: Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Bands to be announced

Gahanna’s Independence Day Celebration presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union
Join the City of Gahanna in celebrating our Nation’s Independence Day. Throughout the day Gahanna will host a full schedule of events and activities concluding with fireworks at the Gahanna Golf Course!
8:30am – Gahanna Aquatics Group Dash for a Splash Annual 5k fundraiser 
Location: Gahanna Swimming Pool

10:30am – Lions Club Parade
Location: Granville St. from Clark Hall to Royal Plaza

5:00pm – Community Family Day – Live music, food trucks, fun and games for the entire family
Location: Old Gahanna including Creekside Park and Plaza 
-Live Music 5-9:30pm– Simba Jordan Band (Country Rock) w/ TBD*

10:00pm – FIREWORKS! 
Location: Gahanna Golf Course, viewing area will open at 8:00 pm 
*Subject to change. Fireworks raindate is July 5 (fireworks only)

Gahanna’s Great Outdoors Annual Summer Park & Rec Party

Celebrate National Recreation & Parks month by joining your Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department for live music with SING-a-long dress-up Karaoke, kayaking & canoeing on the Big Walnut Creek, interactive games and inflatables. The evening will conclude with “Cinema under the Stars” showing SING, as well as a camp fire with s’mores. Food trucks will be onsite for tasty snacks.
Date: Fri, Jul 21
Time: 6:30-11pm (movie to begin at dusk)
Location: Friendship Park
Movie: SING (Rated PG)

Let’s Move Summer Youth Challenge 
Get active this summer in Gahanna. Explore the 750 acres of parkland and 13+ miles of trails this summer in the Let’s Move Summer Youth Challenge. Modeled after the Summer Reading Program participants will be rewarded for their active summer not only by enjoying the outdoors but also with special rewards at the end of summer. Kids will receive a Gahanna Parks passport which will allow them to track their steps and check off visiting each of the selected 8 parks. 
Cost: Free 
Eligibility: Gahanna City residents and Gahanna-Jefferson School District students 
Ages: 17 & under 
Dates: May 26-Aug 11 
Challenge: 
60 minutes of play a day or 5000 steps, youth will explore 8 park areas during the summer, parents to verify achievements. 
Registration: 
Pick up forms and register at the Gahanna Parks & Recreation office beginning May 27, between 8am-5pm M-F, first 200 participants will receive a pedometer to 
track steps. 
Reward: 
6 weeks of completion = coupon sheet with area discounts and giveaways 
8 weeks of completion = entered into a prize drawing 
10 weeks of completion = Let’s Move Tshirt (limited to first 75) 

 



For additional information contact Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation, 614-342-4250 or parksandrec@gahanna.gov. For all upcoming City of Gahanna events please see listing below.

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Community Events

Thank you to all of our community organizations who organize family-friendly community-wide events. They help make Gahanna a "Best Hometown.

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City Council meeting 8/21/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission Workshop meeting 8/23/2017 6:15 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 8/23/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Creekside Live: Soul Kitch’n w/ Will Freed 8/25/2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Creekside Plaza
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Coffee with Council 8/26/2017 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Panera
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Council Committee meeting 8/28/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Labor Day 9/4/2017 All Day Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 9/5/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Council Committee meeting 9/11/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Senior Fall Social and Fundraiser 9/13/2017 4:30 AM - 7:00 PM Gahanna Senior Center
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Planning Commission meeting 9/13/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 9/18/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Creekside Hops & Vines Fest benefitting the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation 9/23/2017 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Creekside Plaza
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Council Committee meeting 9/25/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 9/27/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 10/2/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Council Committee meeting 10/9/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 10/11/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 10/16/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Council Committee meeting 10/23/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 10/25/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 11/1/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 11/6/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Veterans Day 11/10/2017 All Day Gahanna City Hall
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Council Committee meeting 11/13/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 11/15/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Coffee with Council 11/18/2017 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Professional Realty
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City Council meeting 11/20/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Thanksgiving Holiday 11/23/2017 All Day Gahanna City Hall
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Council Committee meeting 11/27/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 12/4/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 12/6/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Council Committee meeting 12/11/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 12/18/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 12/20/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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