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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 Softball Sign Up  2015 Softball
Registration for the 2015 Lima City Youth Softball Program has begun!  All teams will be determined, by the Recreation Office, according to schools attended. Girls 10 U League will be designed for players 10 and under (3rd & 4th grade) as of January 1. Girls 12 U League will be designed for players 12 and under (5th & 6th grade) as of January 1.
The Registration Fee is $30.00 (children must attend schools inside the city limits) Registration fees can be paid by cash, check, or money order (made payable to: Lima City Treasurer), Monday – Friday (8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.) at the Parks Office at 900 S. Collett St. Each Participant will receive a uniform.
To register, CLICK HERE.  For more information , please contact the Parks & Rec office at (419) 221-5195.

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. 

Ages for the Safety City Summer Academy: 5-9 years old.  Class sizes limited to 30 children per class. Each session is every day Monday-Friday, with both morning and afternoon sessions available. Morning session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am.  Afternoon session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Weeks available: June 1-5, June 8-12, June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10 & July 13-17.
There is

for the training.  (Training is paid for by the Lima Noon Optimist Club)
Training Sessions and full staff led by LPD Officer Matt Douglass.

To Register: Call Safety City at (419) 221-5269 or (419) 812-0055 during the following times -
Monday - Thursday March 30 - April 3 - 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.   
Monday - Wednesday April 6 - April 8 - 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

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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