Gentile Park Project
The City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department will be moving forward with the construction of Gentile Park in 2023. When that begins, you will see your Kettering Parks Division crews preparing the land for the park’s construction.
Every construction project begins with cultivating the land to ensure optimal safety and sustainability, and building a park is no different. The most important step is to make the area suitable for recreation without compromising its natural habitat. To achieve this, volunteer trees will be removed so that the property’s mounds of soil can be capped for the safety of all park visitors.
Then, the beautification process begins as two trees will be planted for every one tree removed totaling approximately 600 trees! This reforestation program will bolster Kettering’s urban canopy over the next three years.
Behind the scenes we have been working on the final design for this beautiful new park and are excited to share the progress. Below you will find an animated flyover video of the park rendering, a presentation about the design plans and a feedback form.
Gentile Park Animation (for illustrative purposes only)
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About Major Don Gentile
Dominic Salvatore "Don" Gentile (December 6, 1920 – January 28, 1951) was also known as "Ace of Aces." Gentile was a World War II USAAF pilot who surpassed Eddie Rickenbacker's World War I record of 26 downed aircraft. He later served in the post-war U.S. Air Force.
Gentile was born in Piqua, Ohio and was buried with full military honors in Saint Joseph Cemetery in Lockbourne, Ohio. Gentile Air Force Station in Kettering was named in his honor in 1962. The installation closed in 1996. Gentile AFS was also the site of the Defense Electronics Supply Center (DESC) and is the future site of Gentile Park!