Our 2018 Fall Newsletter is now available online! We are excited to share our recent accomplishments and future goals with the community. Use the links below to view the full update or to become a Friend of the Parks today!


The Marcum family is probably like a lot of Hamilton residents.

We can trace our roots to Kentucky, or if not there, Indiana. Further back, who knows. We are truly a good example of the American melting pot.

Glen F. Marcum, Joe’s father, was a pharmacist. He owned and operated several drug stores in Hamilton and Cincinnati. Joe often worked as a soda jerk prior to joining the Army in World War II. Glen served in World War I. Things could have been a lot different if either man had not survived his service unscathed.

Howard L. Sloneker was Sarah’s father. As an insurance agent, Howard saw the potential to start a new insurance company and he met a man who could finance the proposition. A young man originally from Camden, Ohio, had in 1918 begin the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company. At one time, Ohio Casualty was the 32nd largest property/casualty underwriters in the United States. It finally closed its doors in 2002.

The site of the park is the former campus of Mercy Hospital. Sarah Sloneker...

Through a partnership with the Hamilton Parks Conservancy, artist Jenn Acus-Smith has designed six bird-themed murals to be painted in six different Hamilton area parks. 

The bright colors and bold designs will enhance the chosen buildings, welcoming residents and creating a strong visual placemaking/branding tool for the Parks Conservancy. This project will encourage fun, family-friendly programming for Hamilton residents and will help people learn more about their natural environment. Jenn will be the lead artist on the project and will hire several local/student artists to assist, providing hands-on training and valuable mural-making experience. 

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Artists should have some flexible daytime hours to work during the summer of 2017 (each mural will take about 4-6 days depending on building size).

Artists should have some painting experience (mural pai...

We've been busy so you can have fun!!!

That's the theme of the fall Hamilton Parks Conservancy Update.

The Hamilton Parks Conservancy crew and volunteers have been busy all summer grooming the lawns, maintaining spraygrounds, and coordinating all of the wonderful events that took place at RiversEdge, Joyce Park, L.J. Smith Park and all of our other locations.

We still have plenty of work to do, so CLICK HERE to view a printable PDF file of our Fall 2016 Newsletter and discover how you can become our partner in keeping our city parks clean, safe and full of fun!

Email us at to put your name on our mailing list.

Tax-deductible donations to the community's recreation programs, festival and special events can be made payable to The Hamilton Community Foundation and mailed to:

Friends of the Parks Fund
Hamilton Community Foundation
319 N. Third Street
Hamilton OH 45011

Donations can also be made online at the Hamilton Community Foundation website. Under "Fund...

Most of the land for Darrell Joyce Park -- 227 of the current 313 acres -- was a gift to the city of Hamilton in 1955 from Henrietta Joyce, the widow of the man for whom it is named.

Darrell Joyce was a native of Butler County, having been born in Venice March 12, 1874, the son of Major Robert Joyce and Isabella Townsend Joyce. His father was a veteran of the Civil War, having fought in the Union army; and was also for many years one of the outstanding republican leaders of this county, altho his son, in his more mature years, cast his lot with the democratic party.

Mr. Joyce received his early education in the public schools of the county, attending the school in Venice. Following this he for several years taught in the rural schools of the county but eventually entered Miami University in 1900 and was graduated in 1903. During his student days at the University he was one of the most popular young men on campus and an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Possessing a powerful phy...


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As construction crews on Monday busily worked on the new Marcum Park, people who were walking around the work zone expressed approval that the city will add free Wi-Fi to the new downtown green space.

“I think people will use it,” nearby resident William Taggart said. “The park will do well. I appreciate what they’re doing.”

City Manager Joshua Smith announced during his State of the City speech on Sept. 22 that Wi-Fi would be added in two phases: this month, and early in 2017. Wi-Fi lets computers, smart phones and other electronic devices connect to the Internet and communicate with one other devices within a given area.

“The public Wi-Fi will provide visitors and vendors (like food trucks) the convenience of a reliable wireless connection while enjoying downtown’s new backyard, Marcum Park,” Smith told this media outlet, via email.

The idea of food trucks is pleasing to nearby resident Anthony Johnson, who lives near the park and said he would love it if there were a plac...

The Hamilton Parks Conservancy announces the premiere of The Conservancy Series, four programs bringing live entertainment to the RiversEdge stage during the summer of 2016.

The series begins 6 p.m. June 26 as the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorale presents "POPS! Goes the Symphony."  The orchestra will perform selections from some of America's most beloved music, from Leonard Bernstein to George Gershwin, including music from the movies "Jaws" and "Indiana Jones." As a special treat, soloists from the Chorale will perform vignettes from "Oklahoma!" in costume. This event sponsored by MillerCoors.

Everybody in town knows the Klaberheads from their annual appearances at the Hamilton Oktoberfest, but their chops extend far beyond oom-pah, and they will perform 7 p.m. July 30 in a Big Band format. The Franz Klaber Orchestra has been entertaining local audiences for over 80 years, and this third-generation iteration under the direction Erika Klaber promises the same fun a...

Good words from the Journal-News about our work in your Hamilton Parks!



By Mike Rutledge

Journal-News Staff Writer


    For those who haven’t been in Hamilton’s city parks lately, things have been improving — even in the dead of winter.

    Crews worked indoors building 56 new picnic tables and delivering them to the parks. Because there was only enough room for six tables in the indoor work area, some tables were placed outdoors when temperatures were at 10 degrees.

    Workers also refurbished 60 other tables, “and the ones that were still in the park that did not need refurbished or new ones, they’ve been repainted,” said Steve Timmer, director of the Hamilton Parks Conservancy, which took over maintenance of the parks’ 1,360 acres in January 2015.

    One upgrade highlight is the 54-acre Crawford Woods Park at Hancock and Bender avenues. Its new splash pad water recreation area will open Memorial Day weekend, and it has three new picnic shelters, plus an improved parking...

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