Road to Recreation

About Issue 22 & the Road to Recreation

  • On Nov. 2, 2021, Hilliard residents approved Issue 22, an additional 0.5% municipal income tax, paid by individuals who work in the City of Hilliard corporate boundaries (regardless of whether they live here).
  • The additional revenue will be dedicated for recreation and parks, including design, construction, and operation of a new community center comparable to those in neighboring communities.

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The Process

Current phase: Planning Phase

Programming Report

Space Cost Size in Square Feet
Administration $978,000 2,303
Lobby and Support Spaces $1,989,100 4,125
Locker Spaces $502,600 772
Universal Changing Rooms $502,600 772
Child Watch $612,000 1,065
Game Room $724,000 1,609
Green Room / Community Garden $125,000 300
80 Person Classroom $987,000 2,194
Party Room / Classroom / Wet Craft Room $416,000 936
Outdoor Patio / Gathering Space $569,000 1,316
240 Person Community Events Room $2,094,000 3,808
Commercial Kitchen $1,100,000 1,732
Gymnasium 5 (HS or 2 Middle School Courts) $6,088,285 13,478
Multi-Use Activity Space 1 $2,549,000 5,488
Elevated Walking Track (12 Laps Per Mile) $879,984 5,500
6,000 SF Fitness & Weight Room $3,149,280 6,480
30-35 Person Aerobics / Dance Studio 1,097,000 2,340
30-40 Person Spin Studio / Multi-Use Classroom 1,097,000 2,340
Aquatics Support $412,000 866
25-Meter x 25-Yard Pool $14,109,000 17,683
3,600 Recreation Activity Pool $8,971,000 9,366
Water Slide $600,000
Small Spa (15-Person Whirlpool) $336,000 332
Photovoltaic System $100,000
Solar Hot Water System $200,000


Cosgray Road Extension Exhibits


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The City of Hilliard estimates the additional revenue would be around $7.2 million per year. This money will be dedicated solely for recreation and parks capital, programming, and operational expenses, including, but not limited to:

  • Community Center design, construction, maintenance and operations;
  • Trail acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Athletic field and facility design, construction, maintenance and operations
  • Parkland acquisition, development and maintenance
  • Older adult programming, services, and facilities
  • Capital projects (new, replacement, and improvements, including roads and utilities associated with Recreation and Parks infrastructure development and maintenance)
  • Art, culture and history facility and site acquisition, development, maintenance and operations
  • Recreation, parks, health and wellness programing and services
  • Special events programming and services
  • Recreation and parks facility upgrade and maintenance
  • Payment of principal and interest on debt issued by the City for the expenses listed above

More to Watch

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Many Hilliard residents have long said it would be wonderful to have a modern community center, perhaps along the lines as those offered in Westerville, Dublin, and Worthington.

In preparing to place Issue 22 on the November ballot, the City also has performed resident surveys and focus groups to identify what kinds of recreation and parks amenities our community desires most. This research included a regional market assessment that examine the types of recreational facilities, programs, and services needed in Hilliard and nearby communities.

The results of the survey, market study, feasibility report, and cost estimates for a possibile community center were presented to City Council this spring. In June, RPAC recommended that Hilliard City Council place an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot.