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and is a fitting open to the fall season in

UA. Join us on Monday, September 5 from

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northam Park for this

historic event.

See you in the parks,

Debbie McLaughlin

Parks & Recreation Director


Fall into Fun!

It is with some bittersweet emotion for

the Parks & Recreation Department that

summer is quickly drawing to a close. On

one hand, the summer season is one of our

favorites as we get to watch the community

take full advantage of our pools, Music in

the Parks and Movie in the Park summer

series, Senior Center activities and more.

On the other hand, anticipation is already

starting to grow surrounding all the

opportunities that fall brings.

As a Tree City since 1999, fall is a special

season in UA − as our beautiful winding

streets and parks come to life, booming

with color. Fall is a perfect time to enjoy a

Tree Trek or to take-in a new perspective on

a piece from the Arts in Community Spaces


Also coming this fall is the opening of

the much anticipated recreation space

in the Municipal

Services Center.

The new recreation

room, which can

be subdivided to

accommodate both

larger and smaller

groups, is now ready

to host a wide variety

of programs − from

Mother Daughter

Yoga, to Lego


camps, to drawing and more.

We hope you consider registering for a class

taking place in the “Lower Level Rec Rooms”

to enjoy all that the new space has to offer.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t

mention Labor Day Arts Festival, which is

celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year!

For half a century, the festival has been a

centerpiece of our community arts program

Upper Arlington City Council

Front row (from left):

Susan M. Ralph, Debbie Johnson (President of

Council), Kip Greenhill (Vice President of Council), Carolyn Casper

Back row:

David DeCapua, Brendan King, John C. Adams

City Manager

Parks & Recreation Department

Theodore J. Staton

Debbie McLaughlin, Director

On the Cover

Senior Center members enjoy a

game of pickleball at Thompson

Park. Pickleball, a faced-paced

but family-friendly game, has

been identified as one of the

fastest growing adult sports in

the country! Learn more about the

craze on page 48.

For more ways to stay active

and engaged as an older adult in

UA, we invite you to explore our

wide array of health and fitness

programs, listed in the LifeLong

Learning section beginning

on page 36 and in the 50-Plus

section beginning on page 48.

Campers jump for joy in the new Rec Room