Category: Parks & Rec Month

National Parks & Recreation Month Patron Feature: Lynn Wheeler

Kettering’s unofficial arts ambassador can often be found at Rosewood Arts Centre playing with clay, chatting with fellow artists, or guiding tours through the building. Lynn Wheeler is a staple in the Rosewood community. Her passion for the arts is a big part of how she navigated the pandemic’s ups and downs. Several years before … Continued

National Parks & Recreation Month Patron Feature: Benee Peavy

Over a year ago, when the pandemic drastically changed our lives, Benee Peavy found a new service that would change hers: the CIL Senior Transportation provided through Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.  Running on weekdays, the program provides door-to-door service to shopping and personal appointments throughout Kettering. “With this service, I was able to get … Continued

National Parks & Recreation Month Staff Feature: Lindsey Whitley

As the PRCA department secretary, Lindsey Whitley plays a key role in keeping everything running smoothly from day to day. She assists every patron who calls, emails and visits the PRCA administrative office, plus supports our PRCA Director. “I love working with and helping people!” Whitley said. “I work with the staff, citizens, volunteers and … Continued

National Parks & Recreation Month Patron Feature: Gayle Ingram

Gayle Ingram and her dog Dixie are familiar faces in Kettering’s parks. One of their favorite spaces for their daily walk is Delco Park. “My favorite memories [of Kettering’s parks] are from when my grandkids were little,” Ingram said. “We’d go to Delco Park to fish and fly kites. We also fished at the pond … Continued

National Parks & Recreation Month Staff Feature: Sara Thomas

The voice of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts social media and so much more, Sara Thomas takes her role as Communications Coordinator to the highest quality possible. Her deep knowledge of the department, along with her excellent writing skills, humor and kindness, bring the many stories of Kettering to light, and keep us informed, engaged … Continued

National Parks & Recreation Month Patron Feature: Dan Lewis

Over eight years ago, a doctor told Dan Lewis to make some changes to his lifestyle.  Lewis, who works in Kettering, took the doctor’s advice and began frequenting the Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center (KFWC) adjacent to the Trent Arena. New to exercise, Lewis began on treadmills, and soon began to see results.  He added … Continued

National Parks & Recreation Month Staff Feature: Mary Beth O’Dell

As the Director of Kettering’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Mary Beth O’Dell is committed to ensuring that the community has access to the highest quality parks and recreation experiences possible. Under her leadership, our department has been recognized with a host of honors, including several re-accreditations through CAPRA and the 2014 National … Continued

July is National Parks and Recreation Month!

Every July, the National Recreation and Park Association sponsors National Parks and Recreation Month to highlight the benefits access to quality parks, recreation and cultural arts programming brings to the public. Each year’s celebration includes a unique theme. For 2021, we’re highlighting Our Park and Recreation Story. The services that parks and recreation professionals provide … Continued

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