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.
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...