First Responders Park
First Responders Park, adjacent to Fire Station 111, will be expanded this year to better serve the community of Westerville, the Central Ohio region and all first responders by honoring their courage, their resilience and their sacrifice.
The state of Ohio generously donated $500,000 for the project. However, additional funds need to be raised to complete the park redevelopment. You are invited to be a part of this project that will stand as a beacon of peace and protection, and a symbol that true heroism lives forever.
To donate today, click here and be sure to select “First Responders Park” in the “Please use my donation for” field. You can learn more about the project and view designs at www.westerville.org/frp.
Westerville Bunny Hop 5K
THANK YOU to all the 2019 Westerville Bunny Hop participants, sponsors and volunteers. This year, more than 400 runners and walkers registered for the 5K, resulting in $8,959 raised to support the Parks and Recreation Department. We hope to see you again next spring!
Thomas James Knox Rink
The Thomas James Knox Rink opened to the Westerville community at Alum Creek Park South in 2018. This recreational facility offers a central location for youth to be introduced to hockey as a team sport while providing a public space for programming to develop the skills of players of all ages.
The partnership between Westerville Parks and Recreation, Lisa and Jim Knox and the Columbus Blue Jackets Street Jackets helped bring this special space to fruition. The rink honors Lisa and Jim’s son, Thomas James Knox, an avid hockey player who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in 2015.
With your support, the rink will continue to celebrate Thomas’ legacy and bring shared enjoyment to Westerville for generations to come. You can be part of the legacy by purchasing a commemorative brick that will be placed in a donor walkway at the north entrance of the facility. Please fill out this order form to get started.
Westerville License Plate Available
Show your civic pride by purchasing a “Westerville” community license plate today!
The plate is available through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and can be purchased online at www.bmv.ohio.gov.
It was designed to represent the Westerville community as a whole. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the plates will go to the Westerville Parks Foundation and another portion of the proceeds will be set aside to fund anti-bullying initiatives for school-aged students.
What We’re About
The Westerville Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the City of Westerville Parks and Recreation Department’s programs and facilities.
We work with donors and volunteers to support Westerville’s vision of becoming a “City Within A Park” by ensuring the extensive park and trail system will be a legacy for future generations to experience.