By Ed Richter

The Journal-News


Vistors to Miami Woods Park in Hamilton will notice a number of trail improvements this year thanks to a new partnership.


This week, MetroParks of Butler County announced a partnership with the Hamilton Parks Conservancy to improve the walking trails at the 101-acre park located at 450 New London Road.


Steve Timmer, director of the nonprofit Hamilton Parks Conservancy, said he reached out to Jonathan Granville, MetroParks executive director, to develop a partnership using MetroParks’ expertise in building, re-building and maintaining trails.


“They’re the experts on trail building,” Timmer said. “There used to be walking trails in the woods but they need re-built and have the (overgrown) honeysuckle eradicated.”


He said MetroParks would be responsible for the maintenance and monitoring the existing trails, map and mark new trails or re-route trails if necessary, and take care of the signage needed. Timmer said the park conservancy would be responsible for c...

 "Helios Guardians" is the creation of sculptor Michael Bigger.

The nine-ton sculpture was originally commissioned by the Cincinnati Zoo in 1969, one of Cincinnati's first large-scale abstract public works of art, as a memorial to Michael Grzimek, noted conservationist son of Dr. Bernhard Grzimek, famed zoological authority and director of the Frankfort (Germany) Zoo (the family name is misspelled on the plaque at the base of the sculpture).

The younger Grzimek died in 1959 at the age of 24 when a plane he was piloting in Tanzania collided with a vulture and crashed. Because of his work in helping expand the Serengeti National Park, the Tanzanian government buried him and erected a pyramid monument on top of the Ngorongoro Crater. His father was also buried there in 1987.

According to a 1975 Cincinnati Magazine article, the title refers to the Roman sun god Helios, who rode a horse drawn chariot across the sky and watched over a herd of sacred cattle. The work represents the spi...

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