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Parks, Recreation & Forestry
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Our charge is to manage the continued development, security and overall maintenance of the city parks, recreational sites, the riverwalk/bikeway, as well as recreational programming and activities, including the operation of Schoonover pool. We also oversee the management of the Urban Forest which includes the trees located on city owned property throughout the Lima community.

Our Parks
We have nearly 400 acres of land that we maintain annually. Included in the green space use are rental opportunities for shelter houses and other park facilities. We also supervise a number of adult and youth activities ranging from our Summer Playground program to Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball and Chess.

Schoonover ParkOur Park Rangers administer the safety and security of not only the parks, recreational sites and recreation programming, they also assist with the surveillance of the reservoir system for the city.

Video introduction to Parks, Recreation & Forestry

If we can be of any help or assistance to you, please feel free to give us a call. If you are interested in seasonal work, please fill out our seasonal employment application.

2015 Summer Tennis Program
Tennis LessonsFREE Tennis Lessons will be provided at the Collett Street Tennis Courts by Lima Area Tennis Association (LATA) & Lima Parks & Recreation Department.  Come join us and learn the game of tennis starting with the basic fundamentals: proper grip, forehand, backhand, ground strokes, volleys, overheads, and serving. Two classes offered - each with age requirements. No sign up is necessary, simply show up the first day of class. For weather conditions, always contact the Lima Parks Hotline at 419-221-5229.

Junior Tennis
• Ages 9-17 (minimum age of 9 strictly enforced)
• June 9 thru July 23Tennis Lessons
• Tuesdays and Thursdays only (7 week program)
• 10-11 a.m.

Pee Wee Tennis
• Ages 4-8
• June 11 thru July 23
• Thursdays only
(7 week program)
• 9-9:45 a.m.

Important Information For Either Class
• Attire: Tennis shoes, shorts, shirt, & most importantly a water bottle.
• Registration: 1st day of lessons - donations accepted.
• Note: All new players must show up by the 3rd session. No exceptions.
• Equipment: tennis racket (if you do not have a racket, LATA will provide one).
• Teaching Pro: Jeff Brown, a previous UNOH tennis standout

2015 Lima City Summer Park Programkids-playing-football.jpg
Registration is now open for the 2015 Summer Park Program.  The program will go from June 8th - July 31, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Activities include games, field trips, adventures and lunch will be provided.  Sign up begins May 9th at the Lima Parks & Recreation Office.  More details here.

Safety City.jpg2015 Lima Police/Optimist Safety City Summer Academy 
The Lima Police Department in community partnership with the Lima Noon Optimist Club, the Lima Fire Department, and the Lima City Schools are taking registrations for the 2015 Lima Police/Optimist Safety City Summer Academy.  The Safety City Summer Academy utilizes the most advanced practical hands-on child safety program in the nation: radKIDS. Along with radKIDS, the D.A.R.E Program is a major focus during the training. 

Foot Golf is here! 
Hawthorne Hills Golf Club has created Lima's first publicFoot Golf Hole Foot Golf course.  Stay tuned for future information on 2015 league play.  Be sure to stop out and test your skills on their new course!

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     Foot Golf green

AEP Energy Savers 2014 ProgramLima Energy Savers.JPG
Congratulations, Lima - the Lima community achieved our goal for the 2014 Energy Savers Program!  For our efforts, AEP has agreed to donate $75,000 toward new lighting at Simmons Field, home of the Lima Locos.  Read more about it in our Parks and Recreation page.

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Ric Stolly
Deputy Public Works Director

Brett Roehm
Recreation Supervisor

Central Services Building
900 S. Collett St.
Lima, OH 45804

Ph: (419) 221-5195

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