Parks & Recreation

The City of Newark Parks & Recreation Department has a long history of providing the public with exceptional parks and services, with the goal of helping enhance the quality of life for children and families by providing a safe and fun environment for everyone to experience.

We oversee and maintain more than 20 parks and facilities and 11 miles of bike trails. From the beautiful grounds of Everett Park to the rustic charm of Horns Hill Park, we offer much to see and do – fishing, mountain biking, disc golf, skateboarding, hiking, walking, jogging, ice skating, swimming, bike riding, and picnicking, among other activities. The Department also coordinates several events each year, including the T.J. Evans Youth Fishing Derby, Dale Miller Trout Derby, and the Mayor’s Concert Series, just to name a few.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Newark Cemetery/Parks & Recreation Department is fortunate to have many citizens and groups that provide volunteer assistance each year. There are several different ways that they support our department, including planting flowers, picking up litter in the parks, bike trails, and along the highways, spreading mulch around playground equipment, assisting with clearing brush and debris, or simply notifying us of any issues that may need attention by our staff. 

The volunteer program has been very successful through the years, and those who participate truly make a huge difference in the appearance of our City.

Outdoor Fitness Park

The Outdoor Fitness Park was made possible by a community partnership between the City of Newark, the Patricia R, and Herbert J Murphy Foundation, and the Licking County Foundation.  It is the vision of Herb Murphy who was inspired to create a free fitness venue, accessible to all citizens, including those with mobility limitations.

The Outdoor Fitness Park is located off Sharon Valley Road, by Rotary Park, next to the Ohio State University and Central Ohio Technical College campus.

Honoring Our Hometown Heroes of Licking County

Honor your active duty or veteran service member with a banner displayed on a light pole in our beautiful city of Downtown Newark. These beautiful banners will showcase our community support for those who have taken the oath to provide us the blanket of freedom, with which we sleep. Keep the tradition of rich military history alive in Licking County and honor your Hometown Hero. Due to the high demand of the HHLC Banner Program and limited space, banners will be hung for the 4th of July holiday for one year, then returned to the owner at that time. The deadline for application submission is May 15. For more information on the application process, email or call 740-670-7775.

Veterans Walk of Honor

The Veterans Walk of Honor is located in Veterans Park at North 6th Street between West Main and West Church Streets. It lines the path in front of the Buckingham House, home to the Licking County Historical Society, along with the Sherwood-Davidson House, and the Heisey Glass Museum. The Veterans Walk of Honor is a beautiful walkway that serves as a reminder of those individuals who have given of themselves and answered the call of duty so that we might continue to enjoy the freedoms with which we are blessed. Engraved 4”x 8” bricks honor those brave individuals who are serving, or have served our country. All proceeds from the sale of the bricks go towards maintenance of Veterans Park. Orders placed by April 15th are installed for Memorial Day. Orders placed by September 30th are installed for Veterans Day. The Cost is $ 50 each. For further information, please call (740) 670-7782

Newark Skate Park

Newark Skatepark is located at Everett Park, 170 Everett Ave Newark, OH. All wheels are welcome including skateboards, BMX bikes, scooters, in-line skates, roller skates, and wheelchairs. The park hours are Dawn to 10 p.m. Please note the sports lighting on the skatepark turns off automatically at 10:00 p.m. EST. Also located at the park is a playground, dog park, community garden, picnic pavilion, practice baseball fields, and disc golf.

Horns Hill Park

Horns Hill has quickly turned into the premier mountain bike trail system in Ohio. The trails are great, but the community is even better. That’s what makes Horns Hill such a great place for everyone that gets to ride here.

Don Edwards Park

Don Edwards Park is a five-field baseball complex located in Newark, Ohio, built originally as one field in 1963 by Don “Gramps” Edwards. The facility has served as the host of multiple leagues, tournaments, and events through the years. As our community has grown the ballpark has grown to serve the needs of the youth of our area.

Our ballpark became the host site of the Babe Ruth World Series in August of 1977. The first game hosted for that series was between New Orleans, Louisiana and Arroyo Grande, California. Between the years of 1977 and 2010 we would be the host site of Babe Ruth World Series nine times.

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