Don’t wait. Reserve your spot today and start your summer FILLED with educational fun, lots of activities and opportunities to make new friends.Go HERE to learn more.
May Flowers Hike: Outdoor Explorer Series
Join us for evening walk in one of our parks and learn to identify different flowers, 7-8 pm Thurs., May 6. We’ll discuss the importance of plants to the ecosystem, if they are edible, and how can they be used. Free program; registration REQUIRED. Park location to be announced 1 week before hike. Register NOW!
Download our Parks & Trails Map
Our new Parks & Trails Guide will help you navigate our amazing natural resource areas.
The City of Gahanna is home to 750+ acres of beautiful parks and trails that provide an invaluable resource for physical and mental wellness, outdoor exploration, education and fun! Request a print copyHERE.
Scan & download the digital version:
Buy Your Pool Membership NOW
Aquatic memberships are available for purchase onlinethis year. Staff will monitor membership sales, audit household information, and prepare membership packets to be mailed out weekly. Members will still be required to have photos on file, which will be captured on site at the start of the season.
There’s a park in Gahanna for you if you want to take a walk, fish, explore nature, escape the city-life, climb on a playground, play a sport, or just sit back and relax. Find your park here.
Mission Statement: The Mission of the Department of Parks & Recreation is to provide parks, trails, and recreational opportunities to all people of Gahanna so they can be healthy and well while they explore and learn in our community.
Welcome to the Senior Center, home of our Active Senior Programs!
(Note: Gahanna Senior Center is currently closed due to COVID-19 mandates.)
We are proud to offer a variety of online/virtual and drive-thru programs and activities to meet the growing needs and interests of our community. Get started with your membership today and begin participating any of our programs right away! We look forward to getting to know you.
Water Safety Tips at Home: Staying Safe This Summer When Enjoying Lakes, Creeks, Backyard Pools/Water Features and Visits to the Beach
Do you know that drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1-4 years old? And it’s the third leading cause of death among all children. Whether your kids will be swimming in a backyard pool, wading in a creek or headed to the beach––check this Water Safety Checklist to make sure you’re prepared to prevent drownings. The checklist is provided by Stop Drowning Now a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to save lives through water safety education.
Arts & Education!
Increase your knowledge and learn a new skill by participating in programs that focus on arts and education. Programs span a variety of interests and ages, from in-house Parks and Recreation programs to those run by third party organizations
Gahanna Parks & Recreation is happy to announce that our Summer Camps are ON–and will be offered (with limited registration). Sessions will fill up quickly, so please take note of these important registration dates:
Monday, March 22 (9 am) Gahanna Residents wishing to register for FULL summer camps.
Registrants must select all 9 camp weeks at one site – either Hannah Park or Friendship Park, in order to proceed to check-out.
Summer Kick-Off (June 1–4) and Summer Wrap-Up (Aug 9–10) may be purchased, at this time, but are not required.
Wednesday, March 24 (9 am)
Gahanna Residents registering for individual weeks
Group Sizes & Structure: Camper group capacity (usually known as “color groups”) will be reduced from typical years. Groups will remain in separate program areas, throughout the camp day (shelter, playground, fields, courts, etc.). Whenever possible, campers will be grouped with others of similar age. Exceptions may be made in an effort to keep children from the same household within the same camper group.
With reduced capacities in our programs this year, it is anticipated that we will fill all available spaces. Unfortunately, that means some interested participants may not get in. Waitlists help us to gauge the popularity of our programs. It’s possible that we may eventually be able to add additional spaces; if so, waitlisted campers get first priority to enroll! There is no financial commitment to add a participant to a waitlist. If a space opens, we will contact you and allow 24 hours for you to confirm enrollment.
Field Trips: The State of Ohio recommends that day camp providers cancel all field trips, excursions and large group events. Parks & Recreation staff will closely monitor recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health; as the season progresses, we will revisit the possibility of visiting venues where campers/staff can remain safely distanced from each other and the general public. Opportunities may include: parks and natural areas within the City of Gahanna; Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks; other municipal parks and outdoor venues.
Pool Visits: Parks & Recreation staff are working to ensure campers are able to have a swimming experience this summer. Depending on home camp site, campers may visit Hunters Ridge Pool or Gahanna Swimming Pool. Each camper group will visit the pool at a different time; time slots may be morning or afternoon, one day a week. Transportation and pool capacity limits will be taken into account.
Mask Policies: Parents/caregivers are required to wear a facial covering when checking camper(s) in or out of the day camp program, unless they are unable to do so for medical reasons. Campers will be required to wear a mask any time social distancing is not possible indoors or outdoors (such as traveling in a vehicle), when more than one group is present in an enclosed space (such as during inclement weather under a park shelter). Exceptions may be made during strenuous exercise or emergency situations.”
Installment Billing will be offered for all camp sessions, as well as Summer Kick-Off and Summer Wrap-Up. Installment Billing allows households to pay for camp registrations in installments of the following pre-defined dates and amounts. This option is available for participants registering prior to June 1.
Register before April 1: 1/3 total fees due at time of registration with payments on May 1, Jun 1
Register between May 1 – May 31: 1/2 fees due at time of registration with payment on Jun 1
Pay-In-Full: Complete session fees due at time of registration
Refund and Credit Policy
IMPORTANT: Individuals who enroll under the full summer priority enrollment (prior to March 24 at 9am) do not qualify for individual week refunds or credits.
One change in enrollment (session transfer or cancellation) is allowed per camper per season at no additional cost. Changes must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance of the first date of the session in order to receive full credit for a transfer to another session or a refund in the form of household credit, which expire one year from the date issued. Cash refunds are not issued.
Additional customer requested cancellations and changes are subject to a $25 administrative fee.
This includes transferring from one week of camp to another.
If changes to registration are made more than one time, multiple administrative fees will apply.
Changes within 2 weeks of the first date of the session will result in forfeiture of the session fee. No credits or transfers will be issued for customer requested cancellations within 2 weeks of the start of the camp session. Refund requests for extenuating circumstances must be presented in writing and are fulfilled at the discretion of the Department Director.
Registration Info: What You Need to Know
“Gahanna Residents” are those that pay City of Gahanna income tax or are employed within the City of Gahanna and have submitted proof of employment verification to Parks & Recreation.
Registration will open for non-resident families (including Gahanna Jefferson School District residents who live outside of the City limits) on March 26.
Pre-Registration/Pre-Requisite: Not needed this year. It is requested that families login to their WebTrac account to review their Household & Member Account details prior to registering for camp. (Alternatively, you may call us at 614.342.4250 for assistance)
Navigate to https://webtrac.gahanna.gov/
Click “Login” in the top right corner.
If you do not remember your login credentials, please call 614.342.4250 to retrieve your information.
If you do not have an account, please select “register for a new account.”
In the top menu bar, under “My Account,” and “Update” choose “Household & Member”
Please review and update information as necessary. A current phone number, email address and physical address are important for receiving important communications. Make sure all children registering for camp are listed in the household with an accurate birthdate.
Recreation team members will contact families to confirm that household details are accurate.
Located along the serene Big Walnut Creek, the golf course is a challenging 9-hole course open March-November, weather permitting. Please call ahead or book your tee times online and arrive 10 minutes prior to your time. Tee times are not available during league play hours.
As the health and safety of the community remains our priority, the following restrictions and precautions will be in place to best limit community spread and protect our staff and customers::
Online scheduling or calling ( 614/342-4270) to book Tee Times is preferred.
All members are required to check in at service window with ID and/or proof of purchase prior to play
To cancel a tee time booked online, click on “Search” at the top of the page, go over to “Golf” and click on “Tee Time Cancel.”
Do not arrive earlier than needed for your tee time.
Riding carts and pull carts are available to rent. Both are sanitized after each use. With a limited number of carts, one may not be available for your tee time.
Please clean trash out of your carts prior to returning them.
Tee times are spaced out 10 minutes to accommodate an increase in walkers and to discourage stacking on tee boxes.
GENERAL PUBLIC hours are 8 am – 7:30 pm.
Course is open 7:30–8 am ONLY for golfers 55+ Monday thru Friday.
No rental equipment after 5:30 pm.
Bunker rakes and ball washers have been removed from the course.
All transactions will take place through a service window connected to the Pro Shop.
Pro Shop will be closed to entry (except for restroom facilities).
Please do not participate if you are, or have been in close contact with someone, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Golf League Participants
In order to adhere to the Stay Safe Order, all league play through the month of May has been suspended. These restrictions are temporary and will be re-evaluated as the COVID-19 situation progresses and as we receive more guidance from the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health. Necessary adjustments will be made to league schedules (extend or shorten league dates) and payments will be handled to reflect any adjustments made, as we work to get you back out on the course as quickly and as safely as possible.
If you have any questions, comments or other concerns please reach out via email at email@example.com or phone at 614/342-4270.
Explore parks and neighborhoods throughout Gahanna on a connected bikeway or trail and enjoy the scenic views along the Big Walnut Trail. The Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation maintains of the bikeways, nature trails and multi-purpose trails in Gahanna. These trails are located in many public parks within Gahanna, and the vast majority are paved, conveniently located near parking lots, and are handicapped-accessible.
Returning Summer 2021: Gahanna Parks & Rec offers the opportunity to discover our water resources with a kayak and paddleboat rental program. Check back soon to reserve your time slot!
The Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation maintains park shelters available for public rental at Friendship, Hannah, and Woodside Green parks. Shelters are also available at Hunters Ridge Pool and Gahanna Swimming Pool. Indoor space is available at the clubhouse at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course. Please contact us if you are interested in renting the Rotary Stage on the back, upper plaza area at Creekside Plaza overlooking the Big Walnut Creek.
Get active with these programs designed to keep you moving all year long! Programs span all activity levels and ages, from in-house Parks and Recreation programs to those run by third-party organizations.
Gahanna Parks & Rec has a new Parks & Trails Guide available to help you navigate our amazing natural resource areas. Whether you are a frequent parks and trails enthusiast or just beginning your journey, we hope this map serves as a useful tool for your next adventure. The City of Gahanna is home to 750+ acres of beautiful parks and trails that provide an invaluable resource for physical and mental wellness, outdoor exploration, education and fun! We encourage you to navigate all 4.6 miles of the Big Walnut trail or visit a park across town that you may not have considered attending before. The vast majority of our trails are paved, conveniently located near parking lots, and are handicapped-accessible. Enjoy the journey!
Pick up a copy of the Trails map at Gahanna City Hall or the Gahanna Library
If you live outside the area, you can request a print copy of the guide be mailed to you by completing this form. (LINK)
Download a digital copy now by clicking thisLINK,or scanning this QR Code:
Watch this video(below) for some fun insider tips about our Gahanna Parks & Trails!