Park Foundation Participates in TreeFest/TRECYCLE

The City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts annual TreeFest took place again this year at Pondview Park, Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-noon. The annual event is focused on the importance of our local environment and to build advocacy for our community’s urban canopy. The event provides a great opportunity to educate participants on trees, but also a chance to learn from professionals on how to plant and maintain the trees they are planting. This year’s event was in partnership with another local event, TRECYCLE. TRECYCLE is a 13 mile bike ride touring through seven Kettering parks, including Pondview Park and was created to not only plant trees in combination with a bike ride, but to build advocacy for our environment. We welcome support from others to contribute financially which will defray the cost of trees planted the day of the event.

TreCycle 2019 was a tremendous success thanks to the efforts of Brent Devitt, the founder of the event, and the Kettering Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.  The program raised $604 to purchase 25 trees that will be placed in our neighborhood parks around our beautiful city.  The event was a 13 mile bike ride touring through seven Kettering parks, and was created not only to plant trees in combination with a bike ride, but to build advocacy for our environment. Kettering Parks are truly special to many of our residents and TreCycle was the perfect event to expose more residents to our amazing neighborhood parks. Thank You Brent for your commitment to our environment and to living a healthy lifestyle through biking. We look forward to supporting TreCycle next year.

Kettering Veterans & Inventor Campaign

The Kettering Veteran’s Plaza and Charles F. Kettering History walk to the City of Kettering was dedicated on November 11, 2016. The Foundation raised $450,000 in pledges and in-kind services to construct this one of a kind plaza. This project was the Foundations most successful campaign since 19893.
Below is a video showing the project’s construction process.
CLICK HERE to view an interactive map to learn more about the history of Charles F. Kettering and a deeper dive into the history depicted on the military pillars of the Veteran’s plaza.

Financial Assistance Available

It is the mission of the Kettering Parks Foundation to help improve the quality of life in our city. This is done in many ways including providing financial assistance to Kettering residents so that they may participate in the City’s recreation programs. Through the generous support of the Kettering Parks Foundation, financial assistance is available. Families can qualify for up to $200 to help remove financial barriers of participating in programs.

To receive financial assistance, the recipient must:

 Be a resident of the City of Kettering

 Meet eligibility requirements below

 Have not submitted a request during the calendar year

 Applicant must decide what programs and/or passes they are interested in and indicate on the application form

Awards will be granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Need is determined through the number of persons in the household and the total household income.

Steps for Applying for and Receiving Assistance

Applicants are required to complete a Financial Assistance Application and submit to the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Administrative Offices along with their most recent federal tax return or other documentation of income. Applicant must decide what programs and/or passes they are interested in and indicate on the application form. Applicants may make one request per calendar year.

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Staff will review the application and determine eligibility and maximum award. Staff will then register applicant for programs and/or passes and either pay full balance using financial assistance funds or leave a balance due for the applicant to pay within one week.

Applicants will be notified by mail or phone. Please note that refunds will not be given for classes or passes paid by financial assistance funds.

Financial Assistance Form

Foundation Receives Grant from Ohio Department of Health

Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Healthy Ohio, Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Violence and Injury Prevention Program, and Wright State University Center for Healthy Communities AHEC Region IV, the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department will offer Whole Body Health, an evening dedicated to educating women, ages 13-44, about healthy practices that contribute to their physical and emotional health.

Land Lab Learning Dock Receives International Award

The KPF, in partnership with Dor-Wood Optimist Club, the City of Kettering and the Kettering City Schools, built an observation deck at  Pondview Park. The deck won the Future of Optimism Winner for the 2006-2007 years. The goal was to provide a safe way for residents to view wildlife and to provide recreation opportunities in the form of fishing and hiking. Members cleared land, built pathways and trails and procured funding to build an observation deck. Dor-Wood members cleared brush and assisted in building pathways. The City provided manpower and the necessary equipment. Kettering teachers provided guidance and a curriculum for the Living Learning Lab. The Living Learning Lab has created a beautiful educational environment for more than 3,000 Kettering student visitors and community residents. As a result of their work, the Club has become recognized in the community and received a number of new members!

Reach for the Sky Campaign

The Reach for the Sky: Financial Assistance Campaign was successfully completed in the winter of 2013, through the attainment of the Foundation’s initial goal of $115,000.  All proceeds from the campaign were transferred and invested into a permanent fund that is managed by the Foundation’s investment consultant. With the establishment of this fund, the Foundation has been able to provide $4000-$6000 per year to support financial assistance to individuals in our community who may not be able to afford the cultural, recreational and educational enrichment programs offered by the Kettering Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.  Donations to the permanent fund can be made on the home page by clicking “donate now”, or you can send a gift directly to the Kettering Park Foundation, 3600 Shroyer Rd. Kettering Ohio 45429.

Kettering Service Clubs Make Historic Pledge

In December of 2011 the four local major services clubs joined forces to support the Kettering Parks Foundation. The Rotary Club of Kettering, Dorwood-Optimists, Noon Optimists, and the Kettering – Centerville Kiwanis clubs all joined forces and pledged a combined gift of $34,000 to the Reach for the Sky Campaign. This gift is historic in that it marks the first time that any of the club members can recall that all four service clubs joined together to support a single program. The gifts came from the clubs, foundations and individual club members as well, and the donation enabled the Reach for the Sky Campaign to surpass the 50% fundraising mark. The Kettering Parks Foundation is extremely appreciative of the generosity of these great organizations, and it is another example of why the Kettering Community is such a great place to live, work and play.