Parks & Recreation
Welcome to Parks & Recreation!
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This department is responsible for Riverside Cemetery and all city parks including the upkeep of all the athletic fields, swimming pools, and facilities within these parks. The division head is supported by Christy Brown, Administrative Assistant, and three full-time parks maintenance employees. During the spring and summer months, several temporary part-time employees are hired to supplement the permanent staff. These temporary employees help out with the additional landscaping duties and city pool needs. Applications for these positions are available beginning in March.
Along with its regular maintenance duties, the Parks Division also provides a variety of annual activities for the community. "Clean Up Your Park Day" is held in March. An estimated 300 volunteers show up with their garden tools to aid in cleaning up the winter debris at their favorite park.
Other events held in the city parks are: Art in the Park, Music in the Parks, Children's Lunch Program, Jazz Festival, July 4th Fireworks Celebration, D.A.S.H. Walk, Triathlon at the Reservoir, Maumee Valley Car Show, Strut Your Mutt, Alzheimer Walk, Defiance County Heartwalk, Hispanic Awareness and Morbapaloosa (movies shown on Saturdays during the summer months).
Shelter houses can be reserved through the Parks & Recreation Department for citizen use.
Every August, volunteers from the Defiance College (freshman in-service day) help to do painting, cleaning and general yard work. The Master Gardeners volunteer their time to plant flowers and maintain the floral landscaping of several areas.
And, vital to the operation and policy-making of the parks system is the Park Board. This board consists of nine active members. Parks Board Meetings are held on the third Wednesday at 5:00pm in February, April, September, and November. This meeting is open to the public and is held at the City Service Building, Community Room, located at 631 Perry Street.