Parks & Recreation                                      

11/20/2020 Program Update

Due to the severe risk of COVID-19 in our community and the Franklin County and Columbus Public Health Stay-at-Home Advisory that goes into effect at 6pm on Friday, November 20, all Worthington Parks and Recreation in-person programming will be cancelled starting November 21 and through the advisory period of 28 days.  The Worthington Community Center will remain open at this time and we will continue to evaluate the situation moving forward.  Beginning next week, Parks and Recreation staff will start the process of issuing refunds for all programming. The Griswold Center remains closed at this time.

Read the Stay-at-Home advisory here

The Worthington Parks & Recreation team has been working on a plan to safely resume and reopen some facilities and programming based on current State protocols and safety guidelines.

Community Center Phase 1 - Fitness Floor Reopening (6/26/2020 update)

Phase 1 reopening of the Community Center will expand on Monday, June 29th. Visitors will no longer need to register and the Center reopens to people without memberships. 

Follow this link for more information

Worthington Playgrounds Now Open

Playgrounds reopening June 10Worthington playgrounds are back open, now that Governor DeWine has announced plans for additional recreation and entertainment facility reopenings with new safety guidelines in place. Parks employees will be inspecting equipment and disinfecting high touch surface areas prior to reopening. While staff will be cleaning equipment periodically, it will be the discretion of parents to judge their comfort level of children playing on playground equipment that will be used by multiple households. We ask that parents monitor their children while using the equipment, bring hand sanitizer and encourage hand washing. Families are also reminded to practice safe social distancing. Signs will be posted with additional guidelines.

Previous Facility Updates

The City has carefully reviewed the protocols and, based on the guidelines and the advice of local health experts, has a plan in place to begin reopening some facilities. As facilities reopen, these safety measures already in place at a limited number of open City facilities, as well as other sector and sports-specific State protocols will be in place. Each location will be signed with specific safety protocols that each user is responsible for following. It is important for you to abide by these guidelines so that all users are protected and safe, and the facilities can remain open for the community to enjoy.

Please see the timeline below for information on all Parks & Recreation facilities and amenities that have been closed to the public. We will continue to provide information on our website as more details become available. Thank you for your patience as we work hard to responsibly bring back facilities and programs under the new standards.

Community Center

  • Phase One: Fitness Floor reopened in early June (details above). Continue Virtual Recreation Programming
  • Later Phases: Additional Community Center facilities and recreation programming dependent on our ability to safely bring back and meet the new safety guidelines

Tennis Courts

Pickleball Courts

Skatepark

Godown Dog Park

Sports Fields

  • Ball diamonds reopened June 15th in coordination with local sports organizations.
  • Soccer Fields - closed until further notice and pending public health clarification on safe practices for contact sports

Playgrounds

  • Reopened June 10th

Basketball Courts

  • Closed until further notice and pending public health clarification on safe practices for contact sports

Selby Shelter

  • Closed until further notice until restrictions on group gatherings are lifted or revised

Outdoor Restrooms

  • Outdoor restrooms reopened June 15.

Griswold Center

  • Closed by State Order, opening date to be determined. Virtual programming to continue

We will continue to provide information on our website as more details become available. Thank you for your patience as we work hard to responsibly bring back facilities and programs under the new standards.

Building and Department Specific Operations beginning May 11

Safety precautions outlined in the Initial Reopening Plan apply to all open City facilities.

Please make every attempt to conduct business on the phone, by email or virtual meeting.
Specific staff contact phone numbers and emails are available here

Parks & Recreation

Phone: 614-436-2743 – phones answered weekdays from 9am to 4pm.

Complete Worthington COVID-19 updates, cancellations and resources.

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Responsibilities

The Parks and Recreation Department manages the programs and facilities located at both the Community Center and Griswold Center, as well as more than 200 acres of parkland in the City of Worthington.

Mission

To create community through exceptional parks, programs, facilities, and events

Vision

Worthington Parks & Recreation will…

  • Provide safe, family-friendly environments
  • Provide exceptional maintenance and cleanliness
  • Lead in community health and wellness
  • Provide innovative parks and recreation
  • Be positive people providing fun interactions
  • Strive for sustainable practices.