3rd/4th Grade Boys Lacrosse Clinic is on as scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. The decision to cancel 1st Grade soccer practices this evening is to be made by the Head Coach.

Turn Your Screen OFF Week Events!

Posted on April 9th, 2014 by Lara

May 4 – May 10
Brought to you by the Granville Recreation District, Granville Public Library, Robbins Hunter Museum, Granville Historical Society, Granville Exempted Village Schools, Granville Senior Center, Bryn Du Mansion, Licking Parks District, Licking Land Trust, Granville Kiwanis, and Welsh Hills School

Eleven local agencies have worked jointly to bring you 7 days of unique programming that we hope will challenge you to turn off your screens and read, play, go outdoors and get in touch with your community. Be sure to log your “unplugged” hours at the end of the week in our brief online survey (link posted here the week of event) and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win great prizes like a family sports package, a week of camp, $50 Reader’s Garden gift card and more!


• 1:00-5:00PM | Infirmary Mound Park
Explore The Outdoors Kick-Off
Turn off those screens and tune into nature! At Explore the Outdoors, all ages can enhoy hands-on activities including fishing, paddling, hiking, live animals, lawn games and a geocache course courtesy of CycLicking! The Outdoor Source will have gear and kayaks to demo. Licking County Recycling, Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District Downtown Cycles, Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club, and the Ohio Horseman’s Council – Licking County Chapter will have bikes, discs, and trailers on display! Beginning April 14th, call GRD, 740-587-1976, to sign-up for limited canoeing spots.

1-3PM Get Hooked and Learn To Fish
1-3PM Wildlife with Ohio Nature Education
3-5PM Get Paddling in a Canoe (Preregistration Required)

Sponsored by Granville Recreation District, Licking Park District, Granville Public Library, and Granville Kiwanis

• Noon | Granville Senior Center
FREE Light Lunch (60 yrs or older)
Sponsored by Granville Senior Center

• 6:30-8:00PM | Granville Public Library
Architecture Photo Walk
Grab your camera (and gadgets too!) Photographer Liz Argyle and local historian Tom Martin lead their second photo walk around Granville’s historic downtown, while they offer photography tips and history tidbits. Meet at the statue in front of the library. Enter your photos in the Photo Exhibit to be held May 10 at Robbins Hunter Museum. Entry drop-off at the Museum Friday, 1-4PM. Sponsored by Granville Public Library

• 5:30PM | TJ Evans Bike Path
Let’s Ride A Bike!
Join us as we venture down the bike for a gentle bike ride! We will meet at the parking lot at Cherry Valley and Reddington roads. Helmets required 18 & under. Sponsored by Licking Park District

• 7:00-9:00PM | Granville Historical Society
Johnny Appleseed: Life & Legend
The legend of Johnny Appleseed is based upon the life of a real person. This talk recovers the life of a real person. This talk recovers the life of the “real” Johnny Appleseed, teasing out fact from myth, and revealing the life of an extraordinary individual whose real story is more compelling than the myth which emerged after his death. Sponsored by Historical Society

• 10:00-11:00AM | Granville Public Library
Trail-A-Tail Story Time
REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Enjoy a special story time walk around downtown Granville that ends with a sweet treat. Strollers welcome. Weather dependent. Sponsored by Granville Public Library

• Noon | Granville Senior Center
FREE Light Lunch (60 yrs or older)
Sponsored by Granville Senior Center

• 8:00AM-8:00PM | Granville Middle School
Scholastic Book Fair
Buy 1-Get 1 Scholastic Book Fair, May 5-9 at Granville Middle School. Open daily in the MS library during school hours, with extended hours until 8PM on the 7th. Sponsored by Granville Schools

• 6:30PM | Spring Valley Nature Preserve
Nature Hike
Licking Land Trust board member and Denison environmental biology professor Doug Spieles will lead a hike through Spring Valley Nature Preserve to observe natural spring time phenomena. Meet at shelter house. Sponsored by Licking Land Trust

• 7:000-9:00AM | Kraner Nature
Breakfast With The Birds
Once a month, we will be having breakfast with the birds! Join us at the Kraner Nature Center to view wildlife through the window, enjoy some coffee and pastries, and meet some new friends. Don’t know much about birds! No problem! Come learn in a relaxed group setting. Sponsored by Licking Park District

• 6:30-8:00PM | Granville Public Library
Busy City Construction Zone
Families, drop-in and explore our “Busy City”! Construct buildings, structures, and marble runs with tools that include Legos, Keva planks, sand, and more. Plus play with car rugs and train tables, make paper airplanes and see a Granville fire truck and police cruiser up close! Kids are welcome to bring in their own play vehicles. Sponsored by Granville Public Library

• 7:00-8:00PM | Bryn Du Mansion
Life/Local Lecture | Fly Fishing
Presented by Todd Jamison, with a passion for fly fishing and the great outdoors. Todd learned most of his current fly tying craft from legendary fly fisherman. He designs and ties his own fishing flies. Sponsored by Bryn Du Commission

• 6:00-8:30PM | Welsh Hills School
Game Night
All ages (yes, adults too!) can play board and giant yard games, team games, bingo, and more at this event co-sponsored by the library. Come have some fun and food. Sponsored by Welsh Hills School, Granville Public Library, Granville Kiwanis

• 9:00AM-Noon | Granville Public Library
• 9:00AM-Noon | Village Hall
Book Sale & Equipment Swap
Be sure to stop by the library walkway and village hall for deals on discarded books, library furniture, and gently used sports equipment. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library and GRD Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by Granville Public Library and Granville Recreation District 


Granville Recreation District Sports Equipment Drop-Off Details:
The GRD is looking for donations of gently used sports equipment (like bats, lacrosse sticks, baseball pants, face masks, cleats, roller blades, ice skates, ski equipment, and anything else recreation related). We will not be accepting helmets. Each donated item will get you a ticket that will allow you to swap your donated item for something else on May 10th in front of Village Hall. If you don’t have an item to swap that is fine, for a nominal charge you will be able to purchase any item. All proceeds will benefit the Grace Dils Scholarship Fund.

Sport Equipment drop-off locations:
• Now – May 6th – at GES, GIS, GMS, & GHS bins located in the front hallways of schools.
• Now – May 6th – at the GRD Office, 130 N Granger Street, 1st Floor

• 1:00-4:00PM | Robbins Hunter Museum
Photo Exhibit | Local Architecture
A public photo exhibit will be held for budding, local architecture photographers. Submit your Local Architecture photos taken during the May 5th event sponsored by the Granville Public Library. Photo submissions must be dropped off at the Museum, Friday May 9, from 1-4PM. Sponsored by Robbins Hunter Museum

• average child watches 20,000, 30-second commercials per year
• parents spend 38.5 minutes in meaningful conversation with their children per week
• average child watches television for 1,680 minutes per week
• average American youth spends 900 hours in school per year
• average American youth spends 1,500 hours watching T.V. per year
• 66 percent of Americans regularly watch T.V. while eating dinner

Recent Article From The GRD

Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Lara

Sportsmanship in Life… Perspective from the Bleachers

The Granville Area Chamber of commerce asked the GRD to write a piece for the April newsletter.  With sportsmanship being one of the organization’s initiatives for 2014, the Executive Director Andy Wildman, thought it was the perfect fit.

Click here to read article.


Now Offering Summer Day Camps!

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by Lara

New this summer in partnership with the Licking Park District, we are offering four fun-filled weeks of day camp, held at Infirmary Mound Park in Granville. Each week is built around a theme, which opens the door for imagination, exploration and fun! We will be outdoors in a park that offers 316-acres of nature exploration, trails, pond, and indoor facilities for inclement weather. Registration opens March 15th for our four themed day camps. Our camper-to-staff ratio is 5:1.

Artful Antics Day Camp |#420540, Session 01
Explore drawing, painting, drama, role play, and all types of dancing.
Grade: 2 – 6 (entering in fall)
Date/Time: June 9-13, 9:00Am – 3:00PM (camp day), drop-off between 8:00-9:00AM, pick-up between 3:00-4:00PM
Where: Infirmary Mound Park, 4351 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH 43023
Fee: $150 (R/NR)
Bring: Wear appropriate clothing plus 1 change of clothes, lunch, water, sunscreen
Register: By June 2 @ www.granvillerec.org, Minimum 10, Maximum 20

Buggin’ Out Day Camp | #420540, Session 02
Creepy, crawly, slither, jump – hands-on adventures in the great outdoors.
Grade: 2 – 6 (entering in fall)
Date/Time: June 23-27, 9:00AM – 3:00PM (camp day), drop-off between 8:00-9:00AM, pick-up between 3:00-4:00PM
Where: Infirmary Mound Park, 4351 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH 43023
Fee: $150 (R/NR)
Bring: Wear appropriate clothing plus 1 change of clothes, lunch, water, sunscreen
Register: By June 16 @ www.granvillerec.org, Minimum 10, Maximum 20

Food Fun Day Camp | #420540, Session 03
Our camp is packed with culinary excitement and tasty adventures.
Grade: 2 – 6 (entering in fall)
Date/Time: July 14-18, 9:00AM – 3:00PM (camp day), drop-off between 8:00-9:00AM, pick-up between 4:00-3:00PM
Where: Infirmary Mound Park, 4351 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH 43023
Fee: $150 (R/NR)
Bring: Wear appropriate clothing plus 1 change of clothes, lunch, water, sunscreen
Register: By July 7 @ www.granvillerec.org, Minimum 10, Maximum 20

Adventureland Day Camp | #420540, Session 04
Not your typical recreation. A week filled with geocaching, orienteering, fishing, and hiking.
Grade: 2 – 6 (entering in fall)
Date/Time: August 11-15, 9:00AM – 3:00PM (camp day), drop-off between 8:00-9:00AM, pick-up between 3:00-4:00PM
Where: Infirmary Mound Park, 4351 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH 43023
Fee: $150 (R/NR)
Bring: Wear appropriate clothing plus 1 change of clothes, lunch, water, sunscreen
Register: By August 4 @ www.granvillerec.org, Minimum 10, Maximum 20