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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.

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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.

AEP Energy Savers Program
CONGRATULATIONS, LIMA - We reached our goal for the AEP Energy Savers Program! AEP has agreed to pay $75,000 towards new lighting for Simmons Field, home of the Lima Locos.  Thank you to all who participated in the program...

The Energy Savers pilot program is designed to help residents and businesses to reduce energy usage in theirLima Energy Savers.JPG community. By participating in Energy Savers, Lima residents and businesses will not only have the opportunity to save energy and money, but they also will be able to help Lima receive significant awards.  At 100% of Lima's goal, the city of Lima will use the AEP Ohio incentives to complete energy efficiency lighting upgrades at Simmons Field, home of the Lima Locos and other area baseball teams! Improvements to Simmons Field will help the city of Lima reduce annual energy costs and make the field better for players and fans. Additionally, AEP Ohio would double the financial incentives from the energy programs that apply to the project.

2014 Schoonover Pool
Schoonover Pool
Schoonover Pool is open for the 2014 Summer Season!  The Parks and Recreation Department plan to have the pool open 7 days a week (weather pending) through August 3rd. 

Season Passes can be purchased at the door. 

The pool is able to be reserved daily between 7pm - 9pm.  Please contact the Park and Recreation Department for reservation details - (419) 221-5195 (*a week's notice is required).

2014 Summer Park Program
Summer Program Registration has begun for the 2014 Summer Park Program.  Children ages 6-12 are welcome to join the program which offers field trips, games, activities and daily lunches.  The program runs from June 9 thru August 1, 2014 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm - at Robb Park, Faurot Park, Lincoln Park, and Martin Luther King Park.  Openings are still available at each park! 

Program Fee: $30 for kids attending schools inside city limits, $35 for kids attending schools outside city limits. 

For more information, call (419) 221-5195 or email

LATA Collett Street Junior Tennis, Pee Wee, and Instructors
LATA TennisLocation: Collett Street Tennis Courts

Junior Tennis (ages 8-17) - June 10 thru July 24; Tuesdays and Thursdays only; 10:00 - 11:00 am

Pee Wee Tennis (ages 4-7) June 12 thru July 24; Thursdays only; 9:00 - 9:45 am

Instructors - avid tennis players needed to donate their time and give back to the community by feeding balls to players and providing instruction under the assistance of Jeff Brown.  If interested, contact Jeff Brown at Westwood Tennis & Fitness Center at (419) 222-1515. Community service hours available.

Important Info for both levels:
  • 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 racquet (if you do not have a racquet, LATA will provide one)
  • Teaching Pro: Jeff Brown, a previous UNOH tennis standout

For more information, click HERE.

Yoga in the Park
Yoga PoseYoga instructors Paula Johnson and Diann will be holding FREE classes in Faurot Park over the summer (*updated June thru September).  The group will be in Shelter I in the park (near the cannon, along Cole Street) and then move to a convenient area.  Classes will be contingent on the weather.  The class schedule is as follows:

MONDAY - 6:15a - 7:30a & 9:00a - 10:30a & 5:30p - 7:00p with Paula
WEDNESDAY - 6:15a - 7:30a & 9:00a - 10:30a with Paula; 5:30p - 7:00p with Diann
THURSDAY - 5:30p - 7:00p with Paula
FRIDAY - 9:00a - 10:30a with Diann
SATURDAY - 9:00a - 10:15a with Diann
SUNDAY - 10:00a - 11:30a with Diann

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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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