In 2009 the Granville Joint Recreation District was formed to replace the Granville Recreation Commission which had been in existence since 1971. The JRD is supported by a 1.0 mill operating levy paid on properties within the Granville School District. The JRD which is its own separate political subdivision and has its own Board will use these funds to offer recreational and educational activities for community members of all ages.
In conjunction with preparation of the 1990 Community Comprehensive Plan the residents of the community were surveyed about their thoughts and desires for community needs. One of those identified needs was the desire for more parks and facilities for recreational activities. The final plan noted the severe shortage of recreational space in the community.
The Granville Township Trustees responded to this need by acquiring the 52 acre Salt Run Park property in 1991 for passive recreation activity use. In 1993 the forty acres that would eventually become Raccoon Valley Park were acquired. The township was successful in gaining a $100,000 NatureWorks grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources which was used to create 4 baseball and 2 soccer fields at Raccoon Valley Park completed in 1998.
In 2002 the Township received a gift of 7.4 acres which is contiguous to Salt Run Park. In 2003 the former Whitepoint property was acquired and used to create Bi-Centennial Park in time for the 2005 community bi-centennial celebration. In 2003 the Township acquired 28+ acres next to the existing Raccoon Valley Park in order to help the Recreation Commission expand its programs recreational programs.
In 2005 the Township acquired the 11 acre Granville Conservation Club property on Raccoon Valley Road. In addition to the acreage the property has a building which had been used for meetings and social events. The Recreation Commission has completed the remodeling the structure with funding provided by the Township Trustees. The property was recently renamed “McPeek Lodge” in honor of Deborah and J. Rodney McPeek, the original co-directors of the Recreation Commission.
It is anticipated that the JRD will operate and maintain park properties acquired by Granville Township. The Township Trustees believe this will be a good partnership of political subdivisions and that the community is the beneficiary of these efforts. As the community continues to grow the need for more recreational facilities will increase.