The City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department re-opening information can be found at

(7/2/2020) Please note: updates on re-opening additional spaces and services available now.

We are excited to announce the creation of a new neighborhood park in your backyard – Gentile Park! It will be located at the old DESC site.


  • Kettering will be moving forward with development of Gentile Park Fall 2018 - Winter 2019.


  • Create a park asset that becomes a destination for neighborhood activity and creates a sense of place for the community


  • Enhance the existing natural features of the park for passive and active engagement
  • Strengthen the ability to create routine physical activity for all 4 distinct neighborhood residents through design features and amenities
  • Create innovative muti-generational amenities in the park for increased use
  • Create partnerships to assist with programming park for activities


  • World War II American Fighter Ace known as “One Man Air Force”
  • Born in Piqua, Ohio in 1920
  • Licensed pilot at seventeen
  • Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross UK, Air Medal
  • Royal Canadian Air Force, 133 Squadron RAF in 1941, 4th Fighter Group US AAF in 1942: Second Lieutenant
  • By April 1944, he was the AAF’s leading ace with his 21.88 aerial victories and six ground victories
  • Died near Forestville, Maryland due to a plane crash during a training mission in 1951
  • Promoted to Major after his death
  • Inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1995


  • The themed playground reflects the history of the site:
    • Relates to the preceding Gentile Air Force Station
    • Provides an imaginative play area for children


  • Constructed Wetland
  • Stream Restoration
  • Learning Pod
  • Themed Playground


  • Fitness Trail
  • Northwest Loop
  • Southeast Loop
  • Perimeter Trail
  • Fitness Apps
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Open Lawn
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