Hilliard's Recreation and Parks Commission met last week after a two-month hiatus and heard the latest happenings within the department.

Hilliard's Recreation and Parks Commission met last week after a two-month hiatus and heard the latest happenings within the department.

"We're branding the word 'Play,'" said Beth Simon of the recreation and parks department at the Aug. 25 meeting. "Our program and activity guides are more cohesive."

The fall/winter guide featuring the word 'Play' has been printed, with online registration starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, for residents of Hilliard and the school district. A bi-monthly senior newsletter, also with the branding, was shown as an insert in the guide. The brand ties in with the recreation and parks department's tab on the city's website, www.hilliardohio.gov.

Simon said the senior lunch program will be renamed the Hilliard Park Café and will reopen Sept. 13. She said the only thing that's changed is the name. The café will still serve familiar fare such as liver and onions.

Recreation program manager Megan Goudy said there will be no dog swim this year at the already-closed East Municipal Pool. It was scheduled for the spring, but rainy weather postponed it, and maintenance work will be done on the pool before it gets too cold.

This will be the last weekend the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center (HFAQ) will be open for the season.

Director Steve Mazer said the department had a busy summer, with increased pool memberships and added amenities, such as a bridge and added parking at the HFAQ.

Also new this year was a disc golf course in the Municipal Park. Mazer said the only complaint with the course was that there was poison ivy near one of the holes. It was also noted by commission member Thomas Lyden that lost discs were more expensive to replace than golf balls.

Mazer said there are several Eagle Scout projects that will spruce up some of the parks. He praised the new lights at the Historical Village in Weaver Park, and said that due to the recent vandalism of the caboose and voting booth, the Hilliard Police Department may install a security camera in the park.

Terry McGinnis-Miles, the director of the senior center who recently retired, was thanked by Mazer at the meeting. "She will be missed," he said.

The department, community center and senior center are closed Sept. 3-11 for annual cleaning. To register for programs, visit www.HilliardOhio.gov/PLAY/On-LineRegistration, or for more information, call (614) 876-5200.