What We Do
The Westerville Parks Foundation has provided more than $600,000 toward the growth of the Parks and Recreation Department. The Foundation focuses on supporting three key areas of the parks system: Trail Enhancements, Public Art and Park Improvements.
For nearly 20 years, the Foundation has supported a number of park projects including:
- Development of rest nodes, memorial benches, landscaping and trail head kiosks and signs along the 51-mile trail system to create a more enjoyable and safe experience for path users.
- Creation of the Train Depot shelter at Hanby Park in Uptown Westerville. This popular rest area sits adjacent to the Ohio to Erie Trail that connects Cleveland to Cincinnati.
- Installation of Westerville’s first and only dog park, the Bark Park.
- Growth of the Public Art in Westerville Spaces initiative to bring outdoor sculptures throughout the City. Art pieces include the “Family Outing” bicycle sculpture outside the Westerville Community Center, “The Chase” soccer sculpture at the Sports Complex, a mosaic at the Bark Park and even a 100-foot long , 14-foot tall mural along the trail system.
- Revitalization of Otterbein Lake. This destination includes an overlook for fishing and is conveniently located next to the Alum Creek Trail.