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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
The Energy Savers pilot program is designed to help residents and businesses to reduce energy usage in their community. By participating in Energy Savers, Lima Lima Energy Savers.JPGresidents 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.

To participate, click HERE for the free AEP Ohio's Online Energy Checkup Tool to assess your home and receive a free energy efficiency kit by mail.

2014 Photo Contest
Photo ContestCome out and explore your Lima City parks and while you're at it, take some pictures!  The City of Lima's Parks Department is hosting a photo contest from March 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014.  All photo entries must be submitted by June 2, 2014 by 5 pm.  For more details, click here. Or visit our Facebook page

Yoga in the Park
Yoga PoseYoga instructor Paula Johnson will be holding FREE classes in Faurot Park over the summer (April 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 - 10:30a - 12:00 p & 5:30p - 6:45p
TUESDAY - 5:30p - 6:45p
WEDNESDAY - 10:30a - 12:00 p & 6:00p - 7:15p
THURSDAY - 5:30p - 6:45p
FRIDAY - 10:30a-12:00p

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

Junior Tennis (ages 7-14) - June 10 thru July 24; Tuesdays and Thursdays only; 10-11 am

Pee Wee Tennis (ages 4-7) June 12 thru July 24; Thursdays only; 9-10:45 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.

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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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