Goppert Building
(785) 242-1939
Mon - Fri 6:30 AM - 8 PM
Sat 8 AM - 3 PM
Sun 1 PM - 4 PM

Participant Survey

The Ottawa Recreation Commission would like your opinion on the Ottawa Pool operation and the swimming lessons we offer! Your voice helps us make important decisions in order to improve our program! Please take a few moments to complete our brief survey!  Please click the following link to be taken to the survey:

Thank you for helping to make our programs better!

Welcome to the ORC

Recreation commissions were created by Kansas State Statute. The Ottawa Recreation Commission (ORC) was established in 1947. We are partially funded through property taxes levied by USD 290 and specifically dedicated by law for the recreation commission. ORC provides essential quality of life services in the form of recreation programs for the community. We partner with the City of Ottawa and USD 290 to operate our programs using properties they own.

The Commission is governed by a five member policy setting board. Our board is comprised of two appointees from the City of Ottawa, two from USD 290 and one at-large position appointed by the four previously appointed members. Commissioners, by law, are not paid and donate their time.

Mission Statement

The purpose of Ottawa Recreation Commission is to improve and maintain the mental and physical health, happiness, and well being of the citizens of USD 290 taxing district, through a well planned program of organized, constructive leisure activities.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to get our community active and involved in balanced recreation programs and services. 

Job Opportunities

Employment Information

The ORC is currently accepting job applications for the following part-time positions:

  •    Summer Seasonal Grounds
  •    Summer Pool Staff
  •    Summer Camp Counselor
  •    Summer Baseball/Softball Umpire
  •    Front Desk Attendant

Apply in person: Goppert Building (located at 705 W. 15th Street)

Mail: ORC, 705 W. 15th St., Ottawa, KS, 66067

Fax:(785) 242-6634


Entertainment U - An After School Program

Looking for something fun for the kids to do after school?  Check out ORC's Entertainment U program!  Entertainment U will be held from 3:15 to 5:30 pm every Monday through Thursday that USD 290 is in session.  This program provides a fun, engaging, and educational environment and is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.  Activities include crafts, inventions, indoor/outdoor games, special trips, movies, and homework/tutoring.  Students will be shuttled from each USD 290 facility to the Don Woodward Community Center.  The cost is $4 per day (must register for the entire month) and includes transportation, the activities listed above, and a daily snack.  For more information contact the ORC at 785-242-1939.