Welcome to The City of Kettering's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts!
Our goal is quality service focused on community
We are here to provide quality parks, recreation and cultural arts that make Kettering home.
We envision an exceptional and engaging parks, recreation and cultural arts department that improves the quality of life for everyone in our community.
We make the experience successful for each customer through providing quality service focused on community.
Since the department was established in 1966, we have been recognized both nationally and locally for many of our parks, facilities, programs and initiatives, including several times as a National Gold Medal Agency by the National Recreation and Park Association. In 1996, we were the first parks and recreation department in the state of Ohio to become nationally accredited and have maintained this prestigious status to the present day.
We provide parks, recreation and cultural arts spaces, places and programs through our 21 parks on over 350 acres, fitness and wellness activities at our Kettering Recreation Complex and Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center, and specialized experiences for all ages at Adventure Reef Water Park, the Kettering Ice Arena, Rosewood Arts Centre, and the Habitat Environmental Education Center. From skateboarding at the Rob Dyrdek/DC Shoes Skate Plaza, to enjoying a live concert at the Fraze Pavilion, to sports leagues at Delco Park, to community events at the historic Polen Farm, we are proud to offer something for everyone!
Each year, over one million people visit our parks, attend our special events, drop-in to use our facilities and enroll in classes. Learn about our activities in recent annual reports: our 2019 Annual Report (download the PDF), 2020 Annual Report (download the PDF) and 2021 Annual Report (download the PDF).
As a department and a city, we strive to provide equitable and meaningful access to all of our services. We work closely with the City of Kettering's Compliance and Inclusion office, the Kettering City Schools, and various community partners to ensure opportunities for all people. Through the Kettering Parks Foundation, financial assistance is available to residents to remove financial barriers for participating in fee-based programs and services.
We welcome your feedback! We are dedicated to continuous improvement in the quality of our facilities, natural resources, programs and services. Visit our Feedback page to provide information about your experience, or our Contact Us page to find department contacts. Several advisory committees offer guidance on PRCA services, from youth programs to public art. We regularly conduct statically sound resident surveys to assess priorities and needs, including the most recent 2017 Community Survey (view the executive summary). Previous survey results include the 2013 Community Survey (View the executive summary) and facility specific surveys on the Kettering Ice Arena in 2016 and Rosewood Arts Centre in 2014 (view this information on our Current Projects page).