The Ravenna Parks and Recreation Department holds several events each year. Learn more about each annual event below.
Our Exciting Annual Events
The 2020 Easter Extravaganza will take place on a Saturday prior to Easter Sunday at Ravenna City Park. An official date and time will be added closer to the event.
Easter Eggstravaganza is a fun-filled day for kids of all ages! The Easter Bunny enters on a fire truck, delighting all the children. There are game booths and designated areas for children ages 1 through 10 to search for eggs, and an egg hunt for children ages 1 through 18 with disabilities. Eggs contain candy donated and filled by Ravenna Women of the Moose Chapter No. 540.
Also present are the city’s fire, parks, police and street departments for the annual Touch-A-Truck. This amazing display allows children of all ages to get up and close with the equipment and vehicles used by employees to perform their duties and paid for by city tax dollars.
Day With the Ducks
Take a Kid Fishing Day
The 2020 Take a Kid Fishing Day will take place at Lake Hodgson. A date and time will be added closer to the event.
Exciting family event to provide kids with the opportunity to spend a day outdoors learning to fish. Free hotdog lunch and activities for everybody!
This event is free thanks to our sponsors: Walmart Sporting Goods Department in Brimfield, Kent, Stow, Streetsboro, and Tallmadge; Rockne’s Restaurants, and Kent, Ravenna, and Streetsboro Parks and Recreation Departments.
To All Take-A-Kid Fishing Day Participants:
- Each child must be registered with Kent, Ravenna or Streetsboro Parks and Recreation.
- Each child must be accompanied by an adult. The event is for children 16 and under and their families.
- Check-in will begin at 7:00 a.m. Bring your completed waiver with you to the event.
- Upon arriving at Lake Hodgson, you are to check in, turn in your waiver form, pick up your door prize and then go catch some fish!
- Lake Hodgson is a private lake owned by the city of Ravenna. Adults and children do not need a fishing license.
- The event is Rain or Shine.
- Each participant must bring his or her own bait and tackle. We recommend maggots, night crawlers, red worms or minnows.
People experienced with fishing will be volunteering to assist throughout the area. If you have any questions about fishing feel free to ask one of them.
There will be prizes for the BIGGEST fish and the SMALLEST for each age group so have them measure your fish at the check in area.
We will have a fish cleaning / cooking station where you can have your catch filleted and fried so you can enjoy eating your fish right away! If you plan to have your fish cleaned, please bring a bucket to keep your fish in while you are fishing.
Marlene Watt Memorial 5K / Poker Run
If you were in Ravenna the morning of Saturday, March 16th, you might have seen a few leprechauns, the giant green Lucky Charms Bear and dogs dressed in green walking and running through Ravenna. These along with 100+ people dressed in their best Irish costumes were participants of the 16th Annual Marlene Watt Poker Run. This years’ event had folks stopping at A Way of Life, Andrei’s Jewelers, NeXt Salon, The English Pub and the American Legion/ Young Marines to pick up playing cards. At the conclusion everyone met up at the Big Dog for games, contests, prizes for best costumes. Everyone enjoyed listening to and dancing to the band, LRB (The Living Room Band). Sue Shaffer of Ravenna won the $500 for the best poker hand! Christie Chapple of Rootstown won the lotto board. Much fun was had by all! Proceeds from this fundraiser, hosted by Ravenna Parks and Rec, assists area children with the cost of programs, sports and camp in Ravenna.
Sponsors of the event included Wood Kortright, Borkoski Funeral Home; American Legion Post 331; Shorts-Spicer- Crislip Funeral Home; Family and Community Services; The Big Dog; Julie and Jerry Beach; A Way of Life Hair and Heath Center; NeXt Salon; Ravenna Elks Lodge 1076; HomeTown Bank; Andrei’s Jewelers; English Pub; Portage Community Bank; Western Reserve Post 1055; Home Town Bank; Fraternal Order of Eagles 2164; and our Gold Club Sponsor, Allen Aircraft!
Additional Donations were made by: MAN CAN Temp Services, Guido’s Pizza, Dos Coronas, Mayor Frank Seman, Dairy Queen, Sicliano Pizza, Domino’s, Mimi’s Italian Grill, Megan’s Restaurant and Mary Jo Hanna.
Ravenna Parks and Recreation would like to thank all those who sponsored, volunteer and donated to this annual event. Next year’s event will be held on March 14th at 9am.
Ravenna Parks and Rec works with Main Street to present Movies on the Lawn once a month throughout the summer.
The crew from the RAC also offers free Yoga (or another format of fitness) classes once a month in front of the court house.
Summer Series events will be added to the events calendar closer to Summer 2020!
Spring Break Camp
This camp for kids is a week of fun activities and adventure including field trips! Registration opens in November. Space is limited.
Visit the Rec Desk to register.
The Ravenna Parks and Rec strives to provide children and young teens a summer of outdoor fun and adventure. Campers will be given the opportunity to meet challenges, make new friendships and rekindle old ones, participate in a wide range of activities, and learn new things. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, environmental education, a physical fitness program, gardening, field trips, water safety, science lab, and academic support. Fun plans for this summer will include plenty of field trips, our 40-foot inflatable obstacle course, bounce house and a 10-foot water slide!
Summer Camp early bird registration opens in December.