415 S. Vandemark Rd.
Mail: 201 W. Poplar St.
Sidney, OH 45365
Parks and Recreation Director:
Phone: (937) 498-8105
Fax: (937) 498-8109
Facilities Maintenance Supervisor:
Phone: (937) 498-8156
Phone: (937) 498-8155
Phone: (937) 498-2335 (ext. 8455)
Reservations are first accepted in January for the reservation season, which is from the third Saturday in April through October 31 yearly. To make reservations, please call the Parks and Recreation Department office at 937-498-8155.
Shelter Reservations are free of charge we just ask that you have a reservation.
MAP OF SHELTER HOUSES THAT CAN BE RESERVED IN TAWAWA & CUSTENBORDER PARKS
449 Riverside Drive
Map of Custenborder Park
This park is 35.34 acres and is ADA accessible with a concession stand, river, five picnic areas with shelters, two play equipment areas, restrooms, seven baseball fields and trails.
6:00AM - 11:00PM
• Modular Play Structure & Swings
• Shelter and Restrooms
• Softball Diamond
• Football/Soccer Fields
• Batting Cage
• Drinking Water
HISTORY (Research completed by Cheryl Michaels and Janet Ross 2009 with Contribution from Patrick Milligan)
Custenborder Fields, located on Riverside Drive, was named to honor J. Carl Custenborder. Mr. Custenborder was long active in civic affairs of the community. He served as a member of Sidney City Council and was a chairman of the Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee. He was a member of the Sidney Board of Education for nearly 30 years and was also a member of the Sidney Public Library Board. Mr. Custenborder participated in many other local organizations as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees at Miami University.
In the early 1950's the City was in need of more water and purchased the land which was directly across the Miami River from the Municipal Water Plant to install additional wells. As it turned out, no aquafer was to be found, and the land eventually became a state of the art baseball complex.
RALPH J. STOLLE BRIDGE (at left)
The Ralph J. Stolle Bridge is a footbridge spanning the Great Miami River from Custenborder Field to the old waterworks plant. The bridge was named (1993) in honor of Ralph J. Stolle, president of the Ralph J. Stolle Company and former owner of the Stolle Corporation. Mr. Stolle had done so much for the community according to then Sidney Recreation Director, Robert New, who suggested the bridge be named Stolle Bridge after a poll of Recreation Board members at their October 1993 meeting.
DORIS BLACKSTON PICNIC GROVE The picnic shelter/game area located at Custenborder was named (1996) the “Doris Blackston Picnic Grove” in honor of Doris Blackston. Mrs. Blackston was an active member of the Sidney City Council and Sidney’s first woman mayor. She was interested in a variety of City projects. She was especially motivated to provide recreational services for senior citizens such as the shuffle board and horseshoe courts that were at one time located in Custenborder Field.
Area of Veteran's Memorial Walkway in Custenborder Park.