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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.

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.

2018 Summer Playground ProgramSummer Program
Registration is now open for the 2018 Summer Playground Program!  Join us for a summer full of FUN!  The 2018 program is intended for children ages 6-12 years old and runs from June 11 - August 3, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. The Park Program locations include Faurot Park, Robb Park and Lincoln Park.  Lunch is provided daily... Field trips, games and activities daily! 

Program fees are $30 for kids attending schools inside city limits.  $35 for kids attending schools outside city limits. 

For more information, call (419) 221-5195. 
Program FLYER

2018 Lima Area Tennis Association (LATA) Camp
Tennis ProgramThe LATA Summer Tennis Camp dates have been announced... a new 2 week format! 

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, Monday & Thursday - each with age requirements.
No sign up is necessary, simply show up the first day of class. 
Junior Tennis    PeeWee Tennis

   Important Information For Both Classes:
• 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, USPTA

For weather conditions, always contact the Lima Parks Hotline at 419-221-5229.

Investing in the future of our playgrounds...
June 2017 - Lima City Council approved two ordinances as part of a $1 million dollar renovation/upgrade to the city's playground equipment over the next four years.  Council's approval will allow the Public Works Department to revamp and upgrade all 13 playgrounds located within eight of Lima's parks throughout this endeavor. 

Council authorized the Public Work's Department to enter into contracts with GameTime, a PlayCore Company, and Kompan, Inc. to renovate, redesign and enhance the playground equipment at Robb Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Faurot Parks Shelter 2 and Tot Lot for the 2017 calendar year.  Future

Future upgrades will include improvements in Lincoln, Schoonover, Hover, Cook, Kibby Corners and the Skate Park. Our goal is to improve our playground equipment to integrate learning, fitness and social interaction to promote and enhance healthy lifestyles and create an environment that allows everyone the opportunity to participate, regardless of their age or physical capabilities. For a brief presentation on the scope of the project, click HERE.

Allen County Health Department Promotes Healthy Public SpacesAllen County Public Health
Tobacco Free Public Spaces/Events: There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. To reduce exposure to cigarette smoke, the Allen County CHC program is working with cities, villages, and townships to adopt tobacco free public spaces/events in parks, communities, and other outdoor areas.

Take a brief survey regarding community feedback on a smoke-free environment. SURVEY

No SmokingIf there is an event or public space you would like to see implement a tobacco-free or smoke-free policy, contact the CHC Project Coordinator at 419-228-4457.

For additional Tobacco Free Living information, click HERE.
For information on Smoke Free Living, click HERE.


Congratulations to the Lima Locos on another exciting summer season! 
The Locos went 30-11 in the season and 4-1 in playoffs to capture the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League Championship!  This is the Locos' second GLSCL title in the past three seasons. 
Be sure to catch the Locos back in action next summer for another exciting season of baseball at Simmons Field in Lima! 

Photo credit: Michael J. Ayers

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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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