September 5, 2018

Parks, Recreation, and Culture Importance 
       and Update on Beavercreek Programs 
by Eric Corbitt, Kim Farrell, Sandy Focht, and Erin Harris

This will be an overview of Beavercreek Parks, Recreation and Culture. Eric Corbitt from Wright State will share facts and best practice information. Access to green spaces influence our health, both physical health and brain health! They are a valuable component to smart urban design for community success. Evidence shows that they build a stronger community, because they provide a space for people to interact, meet a friend, listen to a concert, take advantage of a farmer’s market, and get some exercise. Planned green space also helps with storm water and air quality. Through wise urban planning, Beavercreek has a good foundation of parks.

Kim Farrell is the Department Head managing 23 parks, Lofino Senior Center & Plaza, C.I. Beaver Hall, and the cemeteries. Erin Harris is the Recreation Program Supervisor; she will share how the City partners with different organizations and individuals to provide a diverse calendar of recreation opportunities for residents of all ages. Sandy Focht was a member of the Park, Recreation, and Culture Board for six years and started “Cultural Arts Connection” – a department committee that plans and implements new cultural initiatives. The City hired a consultant to help build a new ten-year master plan for parks, recreation, culture and cemeteries in Beavercreek. They need your input. The online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BeavercreekParks.

The Beavercreek Women’s League (BWL) meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at Peace Lutheran Church with a different program each month.  The mission of the group is to expand members’ knowledge of their community and beyond, to promote community service and to provide socialization.  Women of all ages and interests are welcome.  Questions can be e-mailed to beavercreekwomensleague@gmail.com  or you may leave a message at 937-985-4BWL (4295).

If Beavercreek City Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, the meeting is also canceled; however, school delays do not alter the planned meeting.