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
It’s Celebrate Ravenna Day with the Akron Rubber Ducks! Once every summer, everything from the National Anthem to the 7th inning stretch will be lead by groups and individuals from the City of Ravenna. We even have our own section reserved for everyone who purchased tickets with Parks and Rec. Ticket prices have been deeply discounted to $8 per ticket for our Ravenna and friends!
Join us on July 31st at the Rubber Ducks Statium
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
,,You may have seen some sneaky leprechauns hidden throughout the city of Ravenna on Saturday, March 14th. These leprechauns were captured and exchanged for prizes during the Ravenna Parks and Recreation annual fundraiser, The Marlene Watt Poker Run. Participants dressed in their best Irish gear, some running, most walking throughout Ravenna collected Poker cards at various locations for a chance to win $500! These locations included A Way of Life, Andrei’s Jewelers, Salon Next, The English Pub and American Legion/ Young Marines. Everyone finished at the Big Dog where they enjoyed live entertainment from The LRB. There were plenty of door prizes and a costume contest as well. One lucky participant, Tom M. from Saint Gobain, won $500 cash! Next year’s event is scheduled for March 13, 2021. Our Gold sponsors this year were Allen Aircraft and Portage Community Bank.
The Marlene Watt Scholarship Fund is designed for children, who without financial assistance, would not have the opportunity to participate in Ravenna Parks and Recreation activities. To donate to this fund and to see a list of other activities visit www.ravennaparksandrec.com
Sponsors of the event included, American Legion Post 331, KJ Nails and Spa, Family and Community Services, The Big Dog, Ravenna Elks Lodge 1076, Julie and Jerry Beach, The LRB, The RAC, A Way of Life Hair and Heath Center; Salon NeXt, Andrei’s Jewelers; English Pub, Portage Community Bank, University Hospitals- Portage, and our Gold Club Sponsor, Allen Aircraft!
Additional Donations were made by: Blue Tree Design, Arnie’s Steak House, Ravenna 7, MAN CAN Temp Services, Sunshine Cupcakes, Guido’s Pizza, Dairy Queen, Sicliano Pizza, Domino’s, The Bean and the Bakers, Mimi’s Italian Grill, Megan’s Restaurant, Terry Montz and Mary Jo Hanna.
A special shout out to Saint Gobain for their team participation!
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 13th 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.