Licking County Offers Many Recreation Options
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Recreation spots are easy to spot in Licking County. Here are some highlights:
Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena
Reese Ice Arena is available to hockey teams, figure skating classes and curling competitions, and is open to anyone ages 3 and up. There are learn-to-skate classes as well as open-skate events seven days a week.
Heath Municipal Pool
Heath Municipal Pool has a lazy river attraction‚ two large water slides and an activity pool with water cannons. The facility also boasts a 50-meter Olympic pool‚ two diving boards and a shade shelter.
Hollander Pool in Newark holds 500,000 gallons and sports three water slides‚ a shelter house‚ playground‚ snack bar‚ locker rooms and restrooms. It is open from June through late August.
Trails go from the east in Hanover into Newark, to the west past Granville and Alexandria, and into the northwest portion of the county, ending in Johnstown. Cherry Valley Road in east Granville to Johnstown provides a 28-mile round-trip adventure.
A dozen baseball diamonds are available at Newark’s Everett‚ Carson-Metz‚ Denman‚ Wells‚ Levin and Reddington Road parks. Levin Park also has two competition softball diamonds. In Heath‚ Hoback Park features five Little League baseball fields and a basketball court‚ and John C. Geller Park has two softball fields.
The Newark Area Soccer Association offers leagues for ages 6 through 19‚ with games at its complex on Baker Boulevard. Reddington Road Park also has soccer fields.
There are 17 courses in the immediate area. Granville leads the way with four golf venues, and the communities of Johnstown, Newark and Pataskala have three apiece. Communities with one course are Alexandria, Heath, Hebron and Nashport.
Buckeye Lake State Park
Buckeye Lake State Park is the oldest state park in Ohio, and its primary draw is the lake itself that has nine launch ramps. Two public swimming areas are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and winter options include ice boating, ice skating, cross-country skiing and ice fishing.