Departments

Parks & Rec Dept.

200 South Hamilton
Gahanna, OH 43230

(614) 342-4250
(614) 342-4100 Fax

Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F

Parks & Recreation Events 

An Herbal Affair
Join us for herbal cocktail hour as you peruse new varieties of herbs all while supporting the Ohio Herb Education Center. Enjoy alcohol pairings from local beverage crafters and sample an array of herbal appetizers. Shop our sneak peek plant preview and beat the Herb Day rush. Each ticket includes six tasting tickets and a $5 Herb Center voucher towards your herbal inspired purchases--herbs included! Proceeds benefit the development of the Herb Center's front gardens. Preview and select herbs while sampling local brews, wines and spirits paired with hors d'oeuvres and desserts. 
Date: May 12
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Tickets: $35 up to May 11, $40 at the door purchase tickets here

Herb Day
Come celebrate all things herbal.  Shop an herb sale featuring 4000 plants and more than 100 varieties of herbs, including classic favorites like rosemary and basil. The sale will feature 72 cilantro plants of the santo variety (fast growing) and 132 slow bolting cilantro plants—the 2017 Herb Society of America’s Herb of the Year.  Listen to speakers, watch an herbal cooking demo (led by Chef Michael Bell of Barrel & Boar), shop vendors and meet Herbal Trail partners (and sample their products) at the Visit Gahanna Herbal Trail Booth.  Dine at one of Gahanna's select signature restaurants and celebrate the inaugural "Herb'n Restaurant Week" (May 7-13) by enjoying infused-infused culinary specials at select signature Gahanna restaurants. 
Date: May 13
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Creekside Park & Plaza, 117 Mill Street

 
Book an Herbal Getaway Hotel Package for Herb Day and attend the Herbal Affair VIP Event (with pre-sale plant options, food & cocktail pairings), complimentary shuttle service, free breakfast, VIP herbal gifts and a great rate! Book it NOW! 

For a full Herb Day schedule, go to: Herb Day Event Info

To learn more about Herb'n Restaurant Week, call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at 614/418-9114 or click here
 
Story Trail Opening
Gahanna Parks & Recreation has collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Gahanna School students to present the Gahanna Story Trail. Join us as we kick-off a brand new story. The new Story Trail provides an engaging opportunity for visitors to learn the value of being good stewards of our environment as they walk and read the story. The Story Trail is also part of the Gahanna Library’s Summer Reading Program encourages families to engage in the outdoors through reading.
Date: May 26
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Creekside Live presented by Lew Griffin Insurance
The Creekside Live is a summer concert series with live entertainment headlined by popular bands from the Midwest.  Bring your friends and coworkers to enjoy Creekside along with a variety entertainment, food and beverage sales that are oriented for active adults in the Central Ohio area on select Friday’s during the summer. Event is supported by the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation along with other local organizations, sponsorships are available, contact zac.guthrie@gahanna.gov for more information.
Date & Time: 6-10pm, 2nd & 4th Friday’s, June- August
Location: Creekside Park, 117 Mill Street
June 9 – McGuffey Lane (Country Rock) w/ Lee Gantt duo (Country)
June 23 – The Reaganomics (80’s Dance) w/ JJ Snare (Party Variety)
July 14 – Pop Gun (Classic Rock Tribute) w/ Jesse Henry (Folk)
July 28 – The Ark Band (Bob Marley Tribute) w/ Andy Shaw Band (Reggae Rock)
August 11 – Velvet Shake (Party Rock) w/ The Goldsberrys (Jamgrass)
August 25 – Soul Kitch’n (Soul & Funk) w/ Will Freed (Blues)

Music in the Park presented by Toyota Direct in partnership with Make Gahanna Yours
Gahanna’s beloved live music tradition is back at Friendship Park thanks to Make Gahanna Yours and other community volunteers. Bring your blanket and picnic basket, sit back, watch the kids enjoy the park and listen to music at beautiful Friendship Park. 
Dates:  Thursday’s: June 1, 15, 29; July 6, 20; August 3, 17
Times: 6:30-8pm
Location: Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Bands to be announced

Gahanna’s Independence Day Celebration presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union
Join the City of Gahanna in celebrating our Nation’s Independence Day. Throughout the day Gahanna will host a full schedule of events and activities concluding with fireworks at the Gahanna Golf Course!
8:30am – Gahanna Aquatics Group Dash for a Splash Annual 5k fundraiser 
Location: Gahanna Swimming Pool

10:30am – Lions Club Parade
Location: Granville St. from Clark Hall to Royal Plaza

5:00pm – Community Family Day – Live music, food trucks, fun and games for the entire family
Location: Old Gahanna including Creekside Park and Plaza 
-Live Music 5-9:30pm– Simba Jordan Band (Country Rock) w/ TBD*

10:00pm – FIREWORKS! 
Location: Gahanna Golf Course, viewing area will open at 8:00 pm 
*Subject to change. Fireworks raindate is July 5 (fireworks only)

Gahanna’s Great Outdoors Annual Summer Park & Rec Party

Celebrate National Recreation & Parks month by joining your Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department for live music with SING-a-long dress-up Karaoke, kayaking & canoeing on the Big Walnut Creek, interactive games and inflatables. The evening will conclude with “Cinema under the Stars” showing SING, as well as a camp fire with s’mores. Food trucks will be onsite for tasty snacks.
Date: Fri, Jul 21
Time: 6:30-11pm (movie to begin at dusk)
Location: Friendship Park
Movie: SING (Rated PG)

Let’s Move Summer Youth Challenge 
Get active this summer in Gahanna. Explore the 750 acres of parkland and 13+ miles of trails this summer in the Let’s Move Summer Youth Challenge. Modeled after the Summer Reading Program participants will be rewarded for their active summer not only by enjoying the outdoors but also with special rewards at the end of summer. Kids will receive a Gahanna Parks passport which will allow them to track their steps and check off visiting each of the selected 8 parks. 
Cost: Free 
Eligibility: Gahanna City residents and Gahanna-Jefferson School District students 
Ages: 17 & under 
Dates: May 26-Aug 11 
Challenge: 
60 minutes of play a day or 5000 steps, youth will explore 8 park areas during the summer, parents to verify achievements. 
Registration: 
Pick up forms and register at the Gahanna Parks & Recreation office beginning May 27, between 8am-5pm M-F, first 200 participants will receive a pedometer to 
track steps. 
Reward: 
6 weeks of completion = coupon sheet with area discounts and giveaways 
8 weeks of completion = entered into a prize drawing 
10 weeks of completion = Let’s Move Tshirt (limited to first 75) 



For additional information contact Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation, 614-342-4250 or parksandrec@gahanna.gov. For all upcoming City of Gahanna events please see listing below.

All outdoor events are weather permitting. For frequent updates follow us on Facebook and Twitter !
Community Events

Thank you to all of our community organizations who organize family-friendly community-wide events. They help make Gahanna a "Best Hometown.

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Hunters Ridge Pool opens 5/26/2017 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Hunters Ridge Pool
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Story Trail Opening 5/26/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Friendship Park
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Gahanna Swimming Pool Opens 5/27/2017 No Time Gahanna Swimming Pool
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Memorial Day 5/29/2017 All Day Gahanna City Hall
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Memorial Day Ceremony 5/29/2017 1:00 PM - 11:59 PM Veterans Memorial Park
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Senior Center Open House 6/5/2017 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Gahanna Senior Center
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City Council meeting 6/5/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Creekside Live: McGuffey Lane w/ Lee Gantt Duo 6/9/2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Creekside Plaza
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Council Commmittee meeting 6/12/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 6/14/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 6/19/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Creekside Live: The Reaganomics w/ JJ Snare 6/23/2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Creekside Plaza
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Bicycle & Trails Advisory Committee Meeting 6/26/2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Council Commmittee meeting 6/26/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 6/28/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Senior Center Open House 7/3/2017 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Gahanna Senior Center
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City Council meeting 7/3/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Independence Day 7/4/2017 8:00 AM - 11:59 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Independence Day Celebration presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union 7/4/2017 8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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Council Commmittee meeting 7/10/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 7/12/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Creekside Live: Pop Gun w/ Jesse Henry 7/14/2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Creekside Plaza
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City Council meeting 7/17/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Gahanna's Great Outdoors Park & Rec Party 7/21/2017 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM Friendship Park
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Council Commmittee meeting 7/24/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 7/26/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Creekside Live: The Ark Band w/ The Andy Shaw Band 7/28/2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Creekside Plaza
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Senior Center Open House 8/7/2017 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Gahanna Senior Center
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City Council meeting 8/7/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 8/9/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Creekside Live: Velvet Shake w/ The Goldsberrys 8/11/2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Creekside Plaza
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Council Commmittee meeting 8/14/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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City Council meeting 8/21/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Planning Commission meeting 8/23/2017 7:00 PM Gahanna City Hall
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Creekside Live: Soul Kitch’n w/ Will Freed 8/25/2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Creekside Plaza
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