NEWS FROM THE PARKS

Click on the image to download a copy of our 2015 Annual Report and get the rundown of our first year managing your city parks.

 

Or you can view it online HERE...

 

We still have free copies available in our "birdhouse," 106 North 2nd Street. Come by and pick one up. 

 

 

The Board of Trustees of the Hamilton Parks Conservancy, MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners, and Hamilton City Council have now all officially approved a Memorandum of Understanding to provide recreation and programming efficiencies mutually beneficial to all parties.

 

The MOU states that the City, Conservancy and MetroParks will:  

  • Jointly work on regionally significant parks and recreational uses;

  • Share professional expertise;  

  • Leverage capital and partner with one another to pursue grants and other funding sources for capital expenditures, maintenance and programming of facilities.

 

The Great Miami River Recreation Trail and associated environs, parks and pathways will be the primary area of focus between the parties to develop, maintain, and program.

 

“Since the Conservancy began we have partnered with many groups to accomplish things that needed to be done to improve and maintain Hamilton Parks,” said Steve Timmer, di...

 

By Ed Richter

The Journal-News Staff Writer

 

HAMILTON —  The Hamilton Parks Conservancy is expecting a busy second year.

 

Since its launch in January 2015, the nonprofit organization that manages the more than 1,300 acres of city park property has made several improvements and has added amenities to the city-owned facilities. Under a management agreement with the city, the conservancy is also responsible for all parks-related activities, including parks maintenance and program scheduling and the system’s capital investment and planning programs. A volunteer board oversees the conservancy, which operates on an annual budget of about $1.3 million that comes from a variety of sources and state grants.

 

“Things have worked out very well,” said Steve Timmer, the conservancy’s executive director. “The city has been cooperative and we have built a lot of good relationships (in the community).”

 

Timmer said 2015 was the first year of a three-year plan to rebuild restrooms, shelters and playgr...

With four sculptures in two different parks, Massachusetts sculptor Dale Rogers is the unofficial lead sculpture for Hamilton Parks.

Rogers is famous throughout the country for his "American Dog" series, and we have two of them, one guarding the entrance of Veteran's Park, and one in the Bark Park itself for our canine visitors to enjoy.

"The profile of the dog is very much of a muttigree, but I have had many people tell me it looks exactly like their particular breed of dog," he says in his artist's statement.

He made the first one in 2004 and has been traveling the country with them ever since, usually in conjunction with an event to raise funds for Humane Societies. Hamilton got a first look at Rogers's work in 2012, when he brought his "Big Dogs" exhibit to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.

There is a 16-foot tall version of "American Dog" in Massachusetts at Exit 48 off Route 495 that has become a highly visible landmark and icon for all in the region. "My hope is to one day replace it...

As we prepare to break ground on Marcum Park this spring, an article from the Hamilton Evening Journal from February 1, 1916 reminds us that our city has long had the yearning for a garden spot on the river.

As the article notes, the plans for this park included a bandstand just a block or so away from where our RiversEdge Amphitheater now draws thousands of citizens for concerts and programs.

Plans for this proposed park were short-lived, however, as the site would be excavated for the widening of the river channel, and at a meeting two days later, Miami Conservancy Engineer Arthur Morgan put the kibosh on it.

Here is the complete text of the article and a description of the imagined park:

J.E. Freudenberger, landscape architect of Dayton, has just completed an elaborate plan for a park system in Hamilton, which was submitted during the last week to the commission in the Butler County capital, named for the purpose of preparing a plan for the adornment of the Miami River Bank north of the...

We're getting rid of these ugly old blue barrels...

 ... and replacing them with these nice clean ones...

 ... and added dog waste bag stations.

Please use them and help us keep your city parks clean and safe!

 

James Combs Park honors local hero of March 1961 accident in the river

By Jim Blount

Journal-News

July 10, 1996

   A 65-acre Hamilton Municipal Park on the west side of the Great Miami River east of North B Street bears the name of the late James Combs, one of several heroes who responded to a river accident Wednesday afternoon, March 15, 1961.

   The drama began when a boat operated by Donald Cornette, 25, of Ridgelawn Avenue, and containing his three-year-old son, Gregory; and David Van Oflen, also 3 and of Ridgelawn Avenue, stalled above the dam north of the Black Street Bridge.

   The small craft drifted toward the dam. Cornette grabbed both boys as they were carried over the dam. The trio was momentarily caught in a whirlpool below the apron of the dam. With help, Cornette and his son quickly escaped from the swift, near-freezing water, but the Van Oflen boy was pulled downstream by the current.

   Cornette believed he had been assisted by Combs, 25, also a resident of Rid...

A big thanks to Andy Weltzer of Lifestyle Landscape Solution for providing a live tree for our "birdhouse" this Christmas.

 

Today, the tree made the journey to it's new home at Joyce Park.

 

 

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...

 

 

 

Even when the weather's too cold to work outside, our crews are busy getting your parks ready for the summer.

 

We've begun the very large task of assembling 56 new picnic tables. Some of them will go into the new shelters at Millikin Woods and Crawford Woods, and the rest will be scattered throughout the Hamilton Parks system.

 

Some of the table are ADA compliant, and at least eight of our shelters will have two of those, making our parks accessible for all.

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