The Vandalia Parks and Recreation Department (VPRD) provides the community with unlimited opportunities for fun, exercise and more. For adults, the department offers “drop-in” volleyball, basketball and weight training. With pre-registration, residents can take advantage of continuing education classes and craft classes. In addition to those activities, the VPRD offers supervised park activities – including men’s basketball, league softball for women and men, volleyball and co-ed sand volleyball. For the youth of the community, the city offers supervised park activities in the summer – including swim classes, basketball, softball and baseball.
The City of Vandalia operates an 18-hole golf course with pro-shop/restaurant, a swimming pool and tennis courts. The city youth sports complex includes 11 baseball/softball diamonds, 12 soccer fields, two basketball courts and a sand volleyball court. The Vandalia Recreation Center features an indoor aquatics park complete with water slide, an indoor playground, a climbing wall, a gymnasium, a fitness center, a walking/jogging track, an aerobics/dance room, childcare facilities and a special events room. The City of Vandalia has seven community parks. Henry Seger Memorial Park is home to a beautiful old-fashioned gazebo used for summer movies, concerts and weddings. Helke Park houses tennis courts, two reservable picnic shelters and softball diamonds. Lichtenfels, Victory, Robinette and Jeffers are all open-space neighborhood parks.
Located nearby, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is a self-guided tour that connects over 40 sites – including the Wright Cycle Shop, the original 1905 Wright Flyer III airplane at Carillon Historical Park and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field (where the Wright Brothers tested some of their earliest ideas for powered flight). Picnic areas, fishing and hiking are available in neighboring Five Rivers MetroParks locations, Taylorsville Reserve and Englewood Reserve. Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm (a beautiful wildlife sanctuary and the Midwest’s first nature center) offers hiking trails, interactive exhibits and a working farm. Horseback riding is available at the Old National Trail Riding Center near the Englewood Reserve. The nearby Kleptz YWCA facility offers a year-round program of activities and classes.