Get Out + Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Gahanna Parks!
Get the kids engaged in the outdoors by challenging them with a fun nature hunt! Head out to your favorite local park and explore the trails looking for amazing wildlife in one of Gahanna’s beautiful parks. Download the nature hunt checklist (LINK) on your phone or print it off so to mark off each completed task! How many items can you find?
Compete in the Scrambled Scavenger Hunt this winter! Visit some of Gahanna’s gorgeous parks and unscramble the letters you find at each to uncover the final hidden word! (LINK to directions and list here.) Letters will be posted on candy canes across the parks and will stay up through December.
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!
We are proud to offer a variety of 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.
The Gahanna Swimming Pool and Hunters Ridge Pool are closed for the 2020 season.
After significant consideration of Franklin County Public Health Commissioner Mazzola’s guidance, and after an extensive review of the required safety precautions that would be necessary to open pools, we regrettably have not found a path forward that would enable us to operate our swimming pools in a manner that would ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff while providing an enjoyable experience for swimmers and their families.
As a result, we have determined that, for the public safety, health and welfare of our patrons and staff, the most responsible decision is to not open Gahanna public pools for this season. Read the full update. (LINK)
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
Thank you for your patience as we work as swiftly as possible to evaluate plans for day camps this summer. The safety of young campers and employees/staff is our highest priority. After careful assessment of the guidelines from the Governor’s office for youth day camp operational limitations and safety protocols associated with the COVID-19 virus, we have made the decision to cancel Camp Friendship Camping Company programs in 2020. Unfortunately, due to the limitation on group sizes and modifications to programming that would be required to meet these operational guidelines, we have determined that we are not able to run these camps in a fiscally responsible way or meet the expectations of camp families. This decision applies to Camp Friendship, Camp Hannah, Nature Bugs and CORE.
We are still accepting registrations for our Special Interest Camps with Bally Sports Group and Columbus Children’s Theatre (July & August, only). However, there are also challenges to offering these programs, such as securing adequate space in light of restrictions on school building use through June 30 as well as updating overall policies and program activities to meet the State guidelines. Changes to locations and content of these programs may still occur. We will do our best to update enrolled families of any changes.
New This Summer!
Our recreation team has been hard at work developing alternate activity options for this summer. Visit www.exploregahannaparks.com for new information about Camp Crates, Summer Rec Club and virtual programs.
Should you have questions, please reach out to our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.342.4250.
Important Household Authorization
In order to ensure accurate contact information is up-to-date, verify Gahanna residency (if applicable), and verify camper names and ages, household accounts must be pre-authorized prior to purchasing spaces in our day camp programs. Please contact recreation staff using the email or phone number above to create, update, or confirm your household’s profile and authorize your account. Once authorized, you may purchase day camp spaces via the WebTrac online registration system or over the phone with recreation staff.
Gahanna Municipal Golf Course: Closed for the 2020 Season
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.
NEW for Summer 2020: Gahanna Parks & Rec offers the opportunity to discover our water resources with a kayak and paddleboat rental program. Visit PaddleGahanna.com to reserve your location and time slot for a fun water adventure!
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.
Explore parks and neighborhoods throughout Gahanna on a connected bikeway or trail and enjoy the scenic views along the Big Walnut Trail. 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.