Community Content: Still plenty of summer fun left in Whitehall's parks

SHANNON SORRELL
Shannon Sorrell

August is winding down, and soon we'll make the transition into a unique fall season.

Staying healthy and connected looks different these days -- but getting out and exploring Whitehall's parks can help to keep you engaged with the community and your neighbors.

Whitehall Community Park's wildflower meadow is in full bloom through late summer. Hike to the lower level and check out the city's website to learn about the flowers and butterflies you can find on your next stroll.

For avid and new players alike, the disc-golf course at Community Park has been slightly remapped around the construction projects, and all nine holes are once again playable.

As the summer wraps up, we are proud to be nearing the finish line with the creek-restoration project in the lower level of Community Park.

The once-concrete tributary now is a beautiful habitat that features pools, riffles and native plantings creating diverse habitats for wildlife and a scenic visit for community members.

Catch a glimpse of this Clean Ohio Conservation-funded project from the south end of the trail.

If you visit in late summer, you might stumble upon us completing a mussel survey in Big Walnut Creek as we prepare to embark on another Clean Ohio Conservation project to provide creek access for wading, fishing and boating.

Amid ongoing social-distancing guidelines, the city's parks and recreation department is working alongside community partners to bring residents hands-on experiences in their homes.

Later in the fall, the department will partner with local lunch providers to offer "Rec-To-Go" boxes to children in the community.

Go to whitehall-oh.us and the city's Facebook page for accompanying activities and videos featuring take-home endeavors to help keep our younger residents engaged and learning in the fall.

Also in the fall, the city's parks department will join forces with the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District.

On Sept. 19, your family can join us online to explore "Soils with Scientists," and the popular "Community Back Yards" program will be offered virtually Oct. 3.

This summer, the splash pad at John Bishop Park has been a hopping destination for Whitehall families.

We will continue to host visitors Thursday through Sunday into Labor Day weekend, and depending on weather, we will operate the splash pad into September.

Secure your reservation online and your household will have a distanced-seating area to help ensure a safe, fun outing in our park.

For more updates from the parks and recreation department and other city information, subscribe to Whitehall e-updates at whitehall-oh.us or follow the city on social media.

Shannon Sorrell is director of parks and recreation for the city of Whitehall.