|2014 MetroParks Limited Bow Hunting Program and Application Process Announced|
|MetroParks again in 2014-15 have a limited bow hunting program. Please view the press release attached announcing the application process (forms & non-refundable application cost), proficiency qualification dates and lottery date based upon the successful completion of proficiency qualification. Application forms and policy are also available on line under General Information. The policy is listed under Policies and the application is available under Public Forms.|
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- August 12, 2014|
|The next scheduled Board of Park Commissioners meeting, to conduct regular business will occur on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Oh 45069.|
|GMRRT Section Closure & Map - August 6, 2014|
|Additional sewer work has become necessary to do along the river that affects the a portion of the GMRRT Trail bike path. Click on the title to view the location of the affected area on the map. The closures to the path will be starting Monday 8/11/14 for 45 days. This unexpected closure is necessary as a portion of the sewer is collapsing and needed repairs immediately. Thank you for your patience as these necessary repairs are made. |
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- July 21, 2014|
|The next scheduled Board of Park Commissioners meeting, to conduct regular business will occur on Monday, July 21, 2014 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Oh 45069.|
This meeting was originally scheduled for July 15, 2014, but rescheduled due to lack of a quorum.
|High Water of Section of the Great Miami Recreation River Trail July 14th|
|There are barricades and signage indicating closure a the flooded area north of the AK Water Treatment Plant on the Great Miami Recreation River Trail. To remain safe while on the Trail please obey all signage regarding water danger. Once safe the trail will reopen. Thank you for your patience. |
|The Stone House Restroom Open Again - July 8th|
|The Stone House Restroom at Rentschler Forest MetroPark is open again after the water main was repaired|
|GMRRT Re-opens after flooding - July 7th|
|The flooding of the Great Miami River that had previously closed the GMRRT has receded. All barricades have been removed from the trail and it is open to enjoy|
|July 4th Administrative Office Closing|
|The Administrative Office for MetroParks will be closed to observe Independence Day, July 4th. The offices will reopen on Monday, July 7th for regular business. Office Hours are 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday. |
|GMRRT Re-opens at 122 bridge -July 30th|
|The flooding of the Great Miami River that closed two sections of The Great Miami Recreation River Trail last week has mostly receded. The section that was under the 122 bridge is clear and open. There is still some standing water near the AK water plant. MetroParks is hopeful that the high temps today will allow us to remove the barricades in that area tomorrow. |
|Section of GMRRT closed - June 20th|
|The GMRRT bikepath is flooded underneath the 122 bridge and again about a half-mile south of this point due to heavy rains. Please take note of this closure as you plan your outing and obey closure signs for your safety. a re-opening notice will be placed on the website and MetroParks Facebook page when this area is safe and cleared for use. |
|Volunteers Did It ! |
|Where would MetroParks be without the countless hours worked and skill sets offered up by Volunteers? Click on the title above andsee the impact volunteers have had on MetroParks. THANKS to all volunteers!|
|Crazy Cardboard Regatta Adds a new Heroes Race!|
|On July 19th, the entire day will focus on aquatic competitions that will engage and entertain all who are looking to soak up a great day of family friendly fun at Voice of America MetroPark, located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, OH 45069. |
This year, MetroParks is excited to announce something new added to mix at the Crazy Cardboard Regatta…..a “Heroes Race”!
The first ever Heroes Race will include representatives from branches of Today’s Military®. So far the Army, the Marines, and the Army National Guard have committed to be there and demonstrate their tenacity and teamwork during an on water race in the 35 acre lake at Voice of America MetroPark (VOA), located to the east of the Ronald Reagan Lodge.
The races are designed showcase their skills and endurance as they race against one another on a course designed to present difficult water challenges. From water guns, to paddle boats to four man stand up paddle boards (SUP), these races will be a test for our country’s best!
|Dudley Woods Park has reopened -June 19th|
|Dudley Woods is again open for use by park customers today June 19th. The two days of habitat improvement work conducted on 6/17 and 6/18 has concluded. |
|Dudley Woods Park Closed 6/17 and 6/18|
|Dudley Woods Park will be closed on Tuesday, 6/17 and Wednesday, 6/18 for continued habitat improvements. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the park.|
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- June 17, 2014 |
|The next scheduled Board of Park Commissioners meeting, to conduct regular business will occur on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Oh 45069|
|Reservations for practice fields located at Voice of America MetroPark are now open for Fall 2014 |
|Reservations for practice fields located at Voice of America MetroPark are now open for Fall 2014 |
Practice fields A, B, C, D, E, F & G can be reserved FREE of charge. Click on "More Info" below to view map of fields.
*Please note that these practice fields are not part of the new Voice of America Park Athletic Complex (22 Multi-purpose fields) that are currently available for reservation. Athletic Complex fields can be reserved now, for play occurring after September 1, 2014, for a fee.
DEADLINE TO RESERVE A FIELD IS JUNE 20TH
PERMITS TO BE ISSUED BY JUNE 27TH
Please call 513-867-5835 with questions/ reservation request
|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 and the Great Miami Rowing Center News|
|MetroParks and the Great Miami Rowing Center (GMRC) have partnered to expand opportunities for both organizations throughout Butler County via the shared use of facilities, equipment, customer base and co-sponsoring of water recreation programming.|
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- May 20, 2014 |
|The next scheduled Board of Park Commissioners meeting, to conduct regular business will occur on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Oh 45069|
|Bringing Back The Meaning of Memorial Day|
|MetroParks, along with others, is honored to collaborate with the American Gold Star Mothers (SW Ohio Tri-State Chapter) for the "Bringing Back The Meaning of Memorial Day" event to be held on the grounds of the Voice of America Museum from Saturday, May 24th through Monday, Memorial Day, May 26th. Don't miss the opportunity to carve out a bit of time over the Memorial Day to take advantage of the engaging exhibits on display for this FREE event. FREE Parking is available at Voice of America MetroPark located at 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. |
This event will change how you remember Memorial Day for the rest of your life.
Click on the title above for complete Event details.
|Tick Talk- Seasonal Prevention Guide - April 22, 2014 |
|Tis the season for these little guys to make their seasonal appearance in all parks. While gardening, camping, hiking, and playing outdoors you can be at risk for tick bites. When enjoying these activities, don't forget to take steps to prevent bites from ticks that share the outdoors. Reduce your chances of getting a tickborne disease by using personal repellents, checking for ticks, and showering after being outdoors.|
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- April 15, 2014|
|The next regularly scheduled Board of Park Commissioners Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m at Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge, located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester OH 45069 to conduct regular business|
|Special Meeting- Board of Park Commissioners March 27, 2014 |
|There will be a special board meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Forest Run MetroPark Welcome Center located at 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013. The purpose of the meeting is to consider an addendum to the Sebald Park Sale-Purchase Agreement between the City of Middletown and MetroParks of Butler County and such other business as may come before the board.|
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- March 18, 2014|
|The next scheduled Board of Park Commissioners meeting, to conduct regular business will occur on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Oh 45069|
|Prescribed Burn at Forest Run MetroPark- Tuesday, March 11, 2014|
|Today MetroParks has coordinated a controlled burn at Forest Run MetroPark to to restore and improve the natural habitat. |
Forest Run MetroPark is located at 1810 New London Road, Hamilton OH 45013. If you see smoke or fire in this area there is no need to alert local authorities. These efforts have been coordinated and approved. You will see signage on New London Road and inside the park alerting you to this event.
If you are curious why MetroParks has coordinated this burn the simple answer is CONSERVATION.
While fire is often viewed as a destructive force, scientists say the correct use of fire can protect land and improve wildlife habitat.
Fire plays a natural role in the environment. Without this component the health of many natural habitats and the buildup of thick brush and undergrowth that can lead to and encourage the presence of invasive species. MetroPark conserves protected habitats by coordinating these prescribed fires to encourage the growth of native species. These fires are intentionally ignited and carefully managed– to mimic natural fire and improve landscape health.
In Ohio, as well as other places, many plant and animal species have evolved to rely on fire for survival. Therefore, MetroParks uses prescribed fires under strict management conditions to mimic the natural fires these species depend on.
Fire is a natural act. Like rain or sunshine, fire is a natural event that plays an important role in the health of many habitats across Ohio. Without fire, many plant and animal species would disappear
|Dudley Woods Park Closing Extended- 3/10/14|
|Dudley Woods Park has been closed for habitat improvement work. Due to the inclement weather some of the work has been delayed. As a result the park closing has been extended until April 4th. Thank you for your patience as we make improvements for your enjoyment and the benefit of the habitat at this location! |
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- February 28, 2014 |
|The next scheduled Board of Park Commissioners meeting has been postponed from Tuesday, 2/25/14 until Friday, 2/28/14 at 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Forest Run MetroPark -Welcome Center Area located at 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013. Agenda attached. |
|Great Miami River Trail Flooding- Friday 2/21/14|
|Please use caution on the Great Miami River Trail as water levels are high under sections of the trail, specifically under the Middletown-Germantown Bridge, Rt. 122 Bridge and the Trenton Rt. 73 Bridge. Other portions of the trail are passable and safe to enjoy. As soon as the water recedes trail maintenance will occur and these areas will re-open |
|Forest Run MetroPark Public Input Master Planning Session Parking TONIGHT -2/20/2014|
|MetroParks thanks all who have let us know they will be attending this Master Planning Session. Please park at Forest Run MetroPark, located at 1810 New London Road, Hamilton OH 45013. Look for EVENT PARKING signage and Park Rangers to direct you. A shuttle to the meeting location at 1976 Timberman will be provided for your convenience. |
|1 st Annual Job Fair to be held Wednesday, 2/19/14|
|The first Annual MetroParks Job Fair will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at The Voice of America MetroPark, in the Lakeview Room, at the Ronald Reagan Lodge located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester OH 45069. Candidates should bring multiple copies of their resumes and come prepared to complete applications and speak to hiring managers. Appointments are not required but recommended. Call Amy Pellman at 513.867.5835 to confirm your attendance. |
|Forest Run MetroPark Public Input Master Planning Session on 2/20/2014 |
|All interested parties are invited to attend and provide input regarding a park Master Plan for Forest Run MetroPark in Ross Township. The purpose of a Park Master Plan is to develop a comprehensive conceptual plan and vision for specific parkland in context with its location, development restrictions, natural resources, and visions of the community. This vision will be a framework for a park's use and development over a 5 to 10 year time period. Let your voice be heard as input is gathered on February 20, 2014 at the new MetroParks Welcome Center, Forest Run MetroPark, located at 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013 beginning at 5:30 pm|
|Board of Park Commissioners Meeting- January 28, 2014|
|The next regularly scheduled Board of Park Commissioners Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m at Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge, located at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester OH 45069 to conduct regular business|
|1/25/14 Walking Sticks Program @ Forest Run Cancelled due to Poor Weather|
|The Walking Sticks Program at Forest Run MetroPark scheduled for Saturday. January 25, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Timberman Ridge Activity Area- Forest Run Welcome Center is cancelled due to weather conditions.|
|Notification of Special Board of Park Commissioners Meeting|
|A special meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014 beginning at 3:00 pm at the Forest Run MetroPark Welcome Center located at 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013. See Agenda.|
|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. |