Great Parks of Hamilton County Celebrate 85th Year

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Great Parks of Hamilton County was created in 1930 and will be honoring 85 years with a county-wide birthday party this Saturday, August 1st. To celebrate, Great Parks is offering free admission to all parks on Saturday, as well as many other free opportunities to enjoy each park’s amenities. Free harbor rentals, bike rentals, fishing, golf, climbing wall, concerts, and more! Come out and help them celebrate this Saturday.

Free park and facility entry

  • Free entry into all Great Parks
  • Free entry and programs at Highfield Discovery Garden in Glenwood Gardens
  • Free entry to all indoor playgrounds and wet playgrounds
  • Open house at the Shaker Trace Nursery in Miami Whitewater Forest from 10a–2p
  • Free admission and programs at the Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods
  • Free mountain bike demo at Mitchell Memorial Forest from 5-10:30 p.m.

Free harbor rentals 

  • Free use of canoe, kayak, pedal, non-motorized fishing boats
  • Free tours on the Winton Queen
  • Free use of all pedal bikes, including cruiser bikes, quadracycles, three-wheel bikes and pedal carts

Free fishing

  • Free fishing at Lake Isabella
  • Free fishing at Campbell Lakes

Free golf

  • Free greens fees at all seven Great Parks golf courses (must be booked in advance; tee times are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; tee times can be made 10 days in advance and reservations are recommended)
  • Free basket of balls at driving ranges (excludes natural turf areas)
  • Free miniature golf and FootGolf at Little Miami Golf Center

Free nature and outdoor education programs

  • Free live animal programs with Great Parks naturalists at all harbor areas
  • Free climb on the climbing wall at Winton Woods Harbor from 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Great Parks consists of 17 parks and 4 conservation areas spread throughout Hamilton County. What’s your favorite Hamilton County Park?

Cincinnati is Ranked Number Seven for Best Parks in the U.S.

Great news – Cincinnati was ranked by The Trust for Public Land as #7 for best parks among the 75 largest U.S. cities!

To create the rankings a “ParkScore” was created and ranked:

  • How many people are able to reach a park within a 10-minute walk
  • Acreage of parks
  • Parks per resident (Cincinnati got a maximum score for this!)
  • Amenities such as dog parks, playgrounds and rec centers

Cincinnati has a public park within a 10-minutes walk (half mile) of all of its residents. The median park size is 4.5 acres. There are 5 regional and 70 neighborhood parks and 34 nature preserves as well as 5 nature centers and 1 arboretum. Cincinnati’s parks equate to 10% of the city’s land.

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Learn more about Cincinnati’s parks here. And, you can follow them on Facebook here.

See the ParkScores here.



Cincinnati Parks are Going Digital with QR Codes

How can a park go digital one might ask? Well, the Cincinnati Park Board has partnered with QuipTV to do just that, and it’s all about the QR Code.

This month in Ault Park, a pilot test will be launched that allows visitors to access videos about certain plants using their smartphone to scan QR-tagged plants. To date, 87 plants have been tagged and another 40 plants should be added soon.

Not visiting a park soon? No problem. You can access the 20-50 second videos through the Cincinnati Park’s YouTube channel and mobile app.

Why the QR Codes? The park board wants everyone to learn more about the plants and get excited about them. Read more about the park’s QR Codes here.

What does Sibcy Cline think? We love QR Codes and feature them on our For Sale signs. Potential buyers can scan the code and see more photos and information about the homes. Our signs may not be plants, but they are certainly “planted” in many yards!

Small yard? No problem – visit a park!

If you are purchasing a home or condominium that has only a small (or no) yard, do not fear. Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio and Northern Kentucky have many public parks to fulfill your “green” needs.

In Cincinnati, you can explore over area 100 parks with 5,000 acres of space!  Read more about Cincinnati Parks here.

One favorite Cincinnati park is Alms Park. This beautiful and scenic park is tucked away on Mt. Tusculum (710 Tusculum Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226) and offers panoramic Ohio River views and is a great place to watch planes take off and land from Lunken Airport. The concrete slide at this park has been a longtime favorite for all ages.

In Dayton, the Carillon Historical Park is a must-see for the area. This park showcases historical artifacts for industrialism and innovation on a 65-acre campus. (1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45409)

Northern Kentucky has more than 20 parks to explore.  Devou Park is located on the highest lookout in Covington, Kentucky and offers spectacular views of the riverfront and downtown Cincinnati.  (790 Park Lane, Covington, Kentucky 41011)

Visit a park soon! Here is a link to the Cincinnati Parks web site. Here is a link to sources for Dayton, Ohio parks. And finally, here is a link to Northern Kentucky parks.