NEWS FROM THE PARKS

 

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...

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