|USA Youth & Jr National Championship at VOA -July 30 & 31|
|The USA Youth and Jr 2016 National Championship Triathlon is returning to West Chester and Voice of America MetroPark on July 30 and 31st.|
Please note that there will be changed traffic patterns in and around the park as well as changed park access July 29, 30 & 31st from 6 am until 3 pm daily. Those wishing to access the park to watch the event, use Wiggly Field, walk on non- paved walking trails and play on the playground during these hours must enter from the Butler Warren Gate. There will be normal access to all park areas in the evening.
For further details regarding the event itself, altered road patterns around the park or access to shops & business please click for additional details.
|The Board of Park Commissioners Special Meeting - 7.15.16|
|The Board of Park Commissioners will have a Special Meeting on Friday, July 15, 2016 at noon in the Trophy Room of the Ronald Reagan Lodge - Voice of America MetroPark|
7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester Township, OH 45069-2938
| Pokemon Go at MetroParks- 7.12.16|
Released last week, Pokémon Go forces players to wander through the physical world around them - streets, parks, and public spaces- to catch Pokémon in the game featuring an "Augmented Reality" Technology. To make a comparison, this is a cell phone version of Geocaching. Players can also assemble near certain structures to battle their Pokémon against computer players at “gyms.” Parks across the nation are full of Poke Stops and Gyms, including MetroParks of Butler County. If you are a gamer and come looking for Squirtel, Bulbasaur, Charizard, Butterfree or Pidgey in the parks please remember the following:
First, be sure to have a safe experience and be aware of your surroundings while on the chase. Distracted driving and walking can be dangerous to yourself and others.
Enjoy Pokemon Go during normal park hours only - 8 am – Dark.
Stay on Trails and out of closed areas that may pose a safety risk.
Follow all other Park rules and regulations.
Display your Motor Vehicle Permit when entering Parks. They are always FREE to Butler County Residents. Non-resident permits can be purchased for $5/daily; $10/Annually
LAST...enjoy the park and have FUN!
|Public Notice - Proposed 2017 Preliminary (Tax) Budget|
The proposed 2017 Preliminary (Tax) Budget of MetroParks of Butler County is now available for public inspection at the Administrative Office of the MetroParks located at 2051 Timberman Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013; at the MetroParks website at www.yourmetroparks.net; and at the office of the County Auditor at 130 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio.
A public hearing on the proposed 2017 Preliminary (Tax) Budget will be held by the Board of Park Commissioners of MetroParks of Butler County on July 15, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. EDT at the Ronald Reagan Lodge at Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Public notice published pursuant to O.R.C. Section 5705.30.
Jonathan R. Granville
Secretary of the Board
|2017 DRAFT Tax Budget |
|Click to review the DRAFT 2017 Tax Budget. It can also be accessed under General Information, public forms, then Schedule of Payables and Financials.|
|Indian Creek MetroParks Trail Closures- The Trillium Trail- 5.25.16|
|The Trillium Trail located within the activity area of Indian Creek MetroPark accessed by the entrance at 6500 Springfield Road, Oxford, OH 45056 as well as the access road leading to it which is closed to the public will be closed beginning today for safety reasons. There are a large number of dead trees along this trail that MetroParks has been monitoring. These trees are now at the point where their deterioration could allow them to fall onto the trail. For the safety of our park customer/owners this trail and access will remain closed at all times until the trees are removed. |
It is estimated that the trail will remain closed until November 1, 2016, or when the dead ash trees are removed. This time frame is estimated due to the number of trees that need to be removed as well as the potential presence of Indiana Brown Bats at this location. We appreciate your patience as MetroParks works to comply with issues surrounding the presence of Indiana Brown Bats and the removal of the dead trees.
|Rentschler Forest Trail Closures-Pumpkin Vine Trail, Cascade Trail and Timber Hill Trail Updates - April 21, 2016|
|Additional trail closures are necessary at Rentschler Forest MetroPark in the interest of public safety. |
The Pumpkin Vine Trail has been added as a trail closure due to the heavy concentration of dead Ash Trees surrounding the trail caused by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
The Timber Hill Trail was closed mid-march and remains closed.
The Cascade Trail at Rentschler remains closed at this time, although dead tree removal has begun on this trail. Over 100 trees have been identified as on dead near this location at this time.
The presence of these dead trees pose a safety hazard to trail users. These efforts are necessary due to the fact that Ash Trees are self pruning trees. Dying Ash Trees lose strength more rapidly than other trees such as maple and oak. Because Ash is self pruning the fact that the tree loses strength more rapidly is of particular concern. Self-pruning trees drop dead branches and they fall to the ground as they die, sheering them to the main stem without warning. Also, as the main tree stem dies, large portions of the tree may collapse, creating a hazardous condition.
For this reason, MetroParks will keep trails closed until park customer/owners can enter safely. Thank you for your understanding and patience as well work diligently to re-open the trails.
|The Cascade Trail At Rentschler Forest MetroPark Closed for DEAD Tree Removal - April 4, 2016|
|The Cascade Trail located at Reigart Road Area of Rentschler Forest MetroPark has been closed to the public and will remain closed due to the need to remove a large number of hazardous DEAD Ash Trees in this area of the park. |
The Cascade Trail has approximately 85 dead and dangerous Ash trees.
Ash trees decline more rapidly than most other hardwood trees and show little signs of decline in the first few years. Most of the trees located in this area are completely dead and present a safety risk. For this reason, MetroParks will keep this area closed until it is safe to reopen after the removal of the trees has been accomplished.
Please check back and find a notice that the area has been reopened once work is complete.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to improve the area and most importantly keep it safe for park customer/owners.
|ISSUE 6 Results|
|MetroParks of Butler County’s six-year levy that included an 0.5-mill renewal and 0.2-mill increase passed by a vote of 65.6 percent for to 34.5 percent against, according to final, unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.|
“On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners, volunteers and staff, MetroParks is pleased that the countywide park system will be able to continue to serve our customer/owners, the taxpayers, of Butler County in the same fashion they have come to expect,” said Jonathan Granville, MetroParks executive director.
Cut and Paste the link below into your browser to link to the Journal News Article regarding election results.
|City of Hamilton, Hamilton Park Conservancy & MetroParks Partner |
|MetroParks’ Board of Park Commissioners had previously approved a three party “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU), between the City of Hamilton (“City”), the Hamilton Parks Conservancy (Conservancy) and MetroParks of Butler County (“MetroParks”), on February 16th, which memorializes a mutually beneficial partnership between the City of Hamilton, the Hamilton Parks Conservancy and the MetroParks. |
The MOU, crafted by the entities, has also been approved by The Board of Trustees of Hamilton Park Conservancy and Hamilton City Council. It will provide the opportunity for the City, Conservancy and MetroParks to endeavor as partners to provide recreation and programming efficiencies that will be mutually beneficial to all parties.
|KNOW the facts - ISSUE 6 Fact Sheet - March 4, 2016 |
On March 15, 2016 MetroParks is asking voters, the parks' customers and owners, to vote on a 6 year, five-tenths (0.5) mill Renewal with an increase of two-tenths (0.2) mill. The levy, which is not permanent and will expire in 6 years, is intended to keep Parks OPEN, CLEAN and SAFE. Click to view the Levy Factsheet.
|NRPA The Economic Impact of Local Parks - February 23, 2016|
|Many people believe that parks bring significant value and benefits to their communities in terms of Conservation, Education, Recreation and Health & Wellness. Beyond that, local and regional park agencies are also engines of economic activity in their communities. Click to view the 2015 Economic Impact Study regarding this information from The National Recreation & Park Association .|
|MetroParks Partners with the City of Fairfield - February 23, 2016|
|Tuesday, February 16th, MetroParks’ Board of Park Commissioners approved a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU), between the City of Fairfield and MetroParks of Butler County which memorializes a mutually beneficial partnership between the City of Fairfield and the MetroParks. |
The MOU, crafted by both entities, was approved by Fairfield’s City Council on February 22nd. It will provide the opportunity for the City and MetroParks to endeavor as partners to provide recreation and programming efficiencies that will be mutually beneficial to both parties.
|Issue 6 Fact Sheet|
|Please click to learn facts about ISSUE 6|
|Wiggly Field Dog Park at Voice of America MetroPark isTemporarily Closed - 2.17.16|
|Wiggly Field Dog Park located at Voice of America MetroPark is currently closed for maintenance to address muddy conditions caused by the generally warmer winter conditions. The park will remain closed until maintenance is completed and conditions improve. Check back for a notice of re-opening. Thank you for your patience as MetroParks works to provide an exceptional park experience for both our 2 legged and 4 legged park customer/owners. |
|The Cascade Trail At Rentschler Forest MetroPark closed during February- 1.4.16|
|The Cascade Trail at Rentschler Forest MetroPark will remain closed through February 2016 as crews work to remove dead trees on the trail and work continues on additional trail improvements.|
|MetroParks Recognized with Two Ohio Parks and Recreation Association 2015 Awards of Excellence- 2.2.16|
|Last night the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association presented awards at the 2015 Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony. MetroParks of Butler County was recognized as the recipient of two awards. Throughout the state, 130 programs and projects were nominated. In all 24 different agencies were recognized with 1st, 2nd or 3rd place awards. |
MetroParks won the 1st place award in the Sports category for the MetroParks Mojo Running Triathlon/Training Program.
Additionally, MetroParks won 2nd place in the Environmental & Interpretive category for its Salamander Adventure program.
Click for more details about these award winning programs and special events offered by MetroParks.
|MetroParks & The Hamilton Parks Conservancy Collaborate at Miami Woods - 1.4.16|
|Beginning in 2016 visitors to Miami Woods, a Hamilton City Park, will notice trail improvements underway as a part of a collaborative agreement between MetroParks of Butler County and The Hamilton Parks Conservancy. Longer term, MetroParks will be involved in master concept development planning at the park which is designed to maximize the use of the area by the citizens of and visitors to the area. Click More Info to read about the agreement.|
|Timberman Ridge-Forest Run MetroPark- Access Delays 12.15.15|
|Beginning 12.15.15 there will be brief access delays to the upper parking area of Forest Run MetroPark's Timberman Ridge Activity Area as contractors begin work to add additional needed parking spaces for park customer /owners. The park area will remain open during the work;however, there may be periods where cars may be asked to momentarily wait as excavated dirt is safely moved to a new location. Thank you in advance for your patience during this construction period. Normal uninterrupted access should resume within a week or so. |
|Playground Work at Rentschler Forest MetroPark & Sebald Park - Week of 10/26/15|
|In an effort to keep playground equipment in tip-top shape, MetroParks Operations crews will be at Rentschler Forest MetroPark and Sebald Park conducting routine maintenance. Park customer/owners may see a minor disruption to playground access at both locations while the work is occurring but both areas should be ready for play by the end of the week!|
|Use Alternate Access Points to Wiggly Field and Athletic Complex today 10.1.15|
|Beginning Thursday, October 1, 2016, continued road improvement work will occur near the Voice of America Park Athletic Complex. Access to the Athletic Complex Fields and Wiggly Field Dog Park will be maintained through the park entrance off of Butler Warren Road while the paving work occurs. Your patience is appreciated as MetroParks works to improve your park experience.|
|Sebald Park Expansion – Elk Creek MetroPark 9.23.15|
|MetroParks announced Sebald Park's Expansion and creation of Elk Creek MetroPark. Click to view News Release|
|Road Improvements - Voice of America MetroPark 9.15.15|
|Park customer/owners and visitors will continue to have access to all areas of Voice of America MetroPark, one of the most frequently visited MetroParks, during the remainder of 2015 as ongoing, planned, improvements to the existing roadways get underway. |
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 15th.
There may be temporary delays as crews work on the areas of improvement; however, access will be maintained to the Voice of America Park Athletic Complex Area and Wiggly Field Dog Park.
Please follow directional signage for temporary changes to regular access points. Access to Wiggly Field and the cricket field areas may occur via Butler Warren Gate during some of the project period.
Please click on the "MORE INFO" link to view a full press release and see a map of the area where improvements will begin.
Your patience during this time is appreciated as MetroParks works to enhance your park experience
|The Wheehouse is NOW CLOSED for the Season - 9.14.15|
|The Wheelhouse is NOW CLOSED for the 2015 operating season, excluding private events with prior reservations.|
For private reservation information please contact MetroParks Visitor Services representatives at VisitorServices@yourmetroparks.net or call 513-867-5835
Fishing remains available year-round during regular park hours , 8 a.m. until dark. The bait machine in the breezeway of the Ronald Reagan Lodge is operational year round and stocked with bait, tackle, and wrist bands for fishing during the off season.
For your convenience during the cooler months, The Welcome Center, also located just inside the breezeway of the Lodge will be open Monday-Friday 9 am until 4 pm to obtain resident and non-resident Motor Vehicle Permits, fishing pole rentals and fishing wrist bands.
|Road Improvements- Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark 9.14.15|
|Beginning Monday, September 14th work will begin on road improvements at the Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark, located at 1976 Timberman Ridge Road, Hamilton, OH 45013, behind the Welcome Center. The construction should be completed in two to four days. During this time the park will remain open daily for park customer/owners. There may be temporary delays as the roads are improved. Your patience is appreciated.|
|MetroParks Limited Bow hunting Process for the 2015 Season- Program and Application Details|
|In an effort to most effectively manage an over- population of white tailed deer MetroParks has announced a continuation of the controlled public bow hunting program that began in 2013. For the 2015-16 hunting season the program is being expanded to 3 MetroParks properties that are not open to the public. |
Included in this season’s program will be the Day Family Farm in Ross Township, The Mill Race Property in Oxford Township, and Davidson Woods in Hanover Township.
For full details regarding the Program and Application Process click on the MORE INFO button below.
|Tree Removal at Dudley Woods-6.29.15|
|Locust tree removal will begin today at William F. & Cora Dudley Woods Park located at 5591 Hankins Rd, Liberty Twp OH 45044 as a part of MetroParks management agreement with Liberty Township. The work will last approximately three days. The park will remain open during the time the work is being completed. Thank you in advance for your patience while the MetroParks works to improve the appearance and safety of the park. |
|Turf Fields Ready to Book NOW at Friday Ribbon Cutting|
|The two new turf fields are ready to book NOW! Email Info@YourMetroParks.net or call 513-867-5835 for more details. |
|MetroParks Continues Management of Dudley Woods in Liberty Township |
|Liberty Township and the MetroParks agreed to a new lease arrangement of a 2 year management lease of the William F. and Cora Dudley Woods property which is owned by Liberty Township during April 2015. The MetroParks will continue to program, maintain and patrol the park as it has for the last 20 years and in return the township will benefit from certain improvements to the trails, grounds and structures at the park. |
As a part of the new lease agreement, the following enhancements will be completed:
•The existing trail to the north side of the property will be vacated to discourage hikers from accessing adjoining private land from the trail. This section has recently been blocked off with a split rail fence section and has signage posted advising that trail section is closed. MetroParks asks that hikers please stay off this trail section and bear with us as improvements to the trails there are completed.
•The segment of the trail system will be re-routed. MetroParks will begin work on the new trail sections on the week of May 11th.
•Building improvements will include will include re-staining the restrooms, the historic cabin will be cleaned and repaired and the roof of the picnic shelter will be repaired.
•As a safety measure the honey locust trees in the vicinity of the shelter and cabin will be removed.
MetroParks appreciates your patience as we work to re-route the hiking trails and make the above improvements to the park for your enjoyment!
|Rentschler Forest MetroPark -Reigart Road Area Playground Re-opened|
|Playground improvements are complete to the main play structure at Rentschler Forest MetroPark, Reigart Road Area! This area is located at 5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield Twp, OH 45011....Come on over and play!|
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- 4.23.15|
|The Board of Park Commissioners will meet |
Thursday, April 23, 2015 beginning at 12 noon to conduct regular business. The meeting will be held at Forest Run MetroPark, Timberman Ridge Activity Area, Forest Run Welcome Center located at 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013
|Prescribed Burn at Forest Run MetroPark Today -3.18.15|
|A Prescribed Burn will be occurring today at Forest Run MetroPark Wildlife Preserve Area located at 1810 New London Road, Hamilton, OH 45013. Should you see smoke or flames there is no need to notify emergency services. Ross Township and Butler County authorities have been involved in the planning process for this burn and the appropriate permits are in place for the burn. You will see “Prescribed Burn Ahead” road signs placed on New London Road before the burn begins and MetroParks Rangers will be at the entrance of Forest Run Wildlife to maintain authorized access only during the burn period. Thank you for your patience as MetroParks works to this MetroParks habitat. |
|Underground Railroad Program Cancelled 3.14.15|
|The Underground Railroad Program scheduled for tomorrow 3.14.15 at Camp Campbell Gard has been cancelled due to a water emergency at the camp. Refunds will be issued to all registered participants. |
|Great Miami Recreation River Trail Section Closed 3.12.15|
|The GMRRT is closed due to flooding from the 122 Bridge to approximately ½ mile south. Barricades are placed blocking the path in this location. For safety purposes please respect the river water and stay clear of the flooded area. |
|2015 VOA FREE Practice Field Reservation Notice and Field Request Form -1.7.15|
|Click the link below to access the 2015 VOA FREE Practice Field Reservation Notice and Field Request Form. This information can also be found on the Voice of America MetroPark page under the same title. If you have any questions please email Info@YourMetroParks.net or call 513.867.5835|
|Voice of America Park Athletic Complex, Phase 1B,Synthetic Turf Legal Bid Notice is now available- December 18, 2014|
|Voice of America Park Athletic Complex, Phase 1B,Synthetic Turf Legal Bid Notice is now available. This bid notice may also be found at http://www.yourmetroparks.net/documents/Invitation-to-Bid.pdf|
|Master Plans Adopted for Rentschler Forest & Chrisholm MetroParks |
|Click on more infoto read the press release with details about the Park Master Plans that have been adopted for Rentschler Forest MetroPark, Chrisholm MetroPark and their associated activity areas by MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners. Plans were adopted for:|
Rentschler Forest MetroPark - Reigart Road Area (Fairfield Township)
Rentschler Forest - Line Hill Mound Area (Fairfield Township)
Rentschler Forest - Timberhill Activity Area (Fairfield Township)
Chrisholm MetroPark - Chrisholm Historic Farmstead (Madison Township)
Chrisholm MetroPark - Woodsdale Regional Park ( Madison Township
|Grand Opening Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark- October 11, 2014 |
|Saturday, October 11th, the public is invited to join MetroParks as we celebrate the "official" grand opening of 255 additional acres of natural land open to the public daily at The Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark. Bring the whole family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to join the celebration! There will be FREE Hayrides for all, FREE pumpkins for the first 100 park customers to enter the park, and a beautiful photography exhibit by Rich Sears in the Forest Run Welcome Center located on the property. The address is 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013 located in Ross Township. We hope to see you there!|
|MetroParks and West Chester Hospital Partner to Build Exciting New Athletic Complex |
|At the Grand Opening of the Voice of America Park Athletic Complex MetroParks announced a major partnership with UC Health West Chester Hospital that will provide $ 1 million to construct a field house at the complex, provide trainers at no cost to tournament organizers or participants and expand their community support as Presenting Sponsors for the Crazy Cardboard Regatta and an expanded Concert Series at Voice of America MetroPark. |
|State Capital Budget Includes $2 million for MetroParks Projects |
|In March MetroParks of Butler County announced that Ohio’s capital budget included $2 million for local strategic projects. Each project was reviewed for its ability to meet Ohio’s focus of investing in fiscally responsible community facilities that positively impact jobs and stimulate economic growth in the state. |
The two projects included in the budget, which still require approval by the General Assembly, are construction of a NEW Middletown River Center and field enhancements to the existing Voice of America Park Athletic Complex.
|MetroParks to receive land donation for future park in Morgan Township|
|MetroParks is pleased to announce that the Board of Park Commissioners recently accepted an offer of donated land in Morgan Township, Butler County, Ohio. The donation consists of about 125 acres of natural property located on Layhigh Road. Once transferred to park system the property will be known as the Salamander Run Preserve. The donation is subject to several conditions which must be met during the coming year. |
|MetroParks Collaborates with Visitors Bureau to Expand Voice of America Athletic Field- October 17, 2012|
|MetroParks hosted an Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Athletic Field Complex – Phase I –Voice of America Enhancement Plan. The complex is projected to be open for use by the fall of 2014. It consists of 22 multipurpose natural grass fields. These fields will not only expand the recreational opportunities for local residents, but the project will begin the transformation of the park into a premier athletic venue that can attract visitors from throughout the Midwest. More importantly MetroParks is pleased to have been able to leverage the capital necessary by a collaboration with the Visitors Bureau, who will mutually benefit from this expansion. The entire project cost for this phase will be approximately $3 million dollars by the time the 22 natural grass fields are playable in two years. Visitors will continue enjoy steady improvements to the complex over time as additional partners and sponsors participate in this initiative. Additionally, over the life of the complex revenue generated from field use is projected to offset the initial investment and cover operating expenses. |