Colerain Township currently has a compliment of 10 parks for residents of all ages to enjoy.
Over the last ten years, we have renovated several older parks, added and developed several new parks, and we have received a generous donation of land that we opened as Wert Family Park in September 2011 after the initial phase of development. We have also moved offices into the Administration Complex, 4200 Springdale Road, and our office hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We can be reached at 513.385.7503.
Colerain Park, located on Springdale Road near Colerain Elementary and Poole Road, underwent a total renovation that was completed in the fall of 2002. The improvements gave the community an additional 8 acres to help accommodate a one-mile walking trail, a boardwalk, four picnic shelters, an amphitheater, renovated basketball courts, additional parking, playground areas and restrooms, new baseball fields with a concession stand, and much more.
The largest addition to the Department was Heritage Park, 126 acres that was once the Wilhelm farm on East Miami River Road. The property, with one-mile of frontage on the Great Miami River, is believed to be the site of Fort Dunlap, the first settlement in Colerain Township. The flat topology of the property allowed us to develop a park for both active sport field and passive recreational usage coexisting with the greenspace environment and water recreational opportunities offered by the Great Miami River. Phase I construction, including walking trails, disk golf, a canoe ramp, rain garden, eco lab, and a playground was completed in 2006. Four NCAA regulation size baseball fields were added in the spring of 2007. Since its opening, it has been host to a variety of activities including the Fremont Cup, a canoe/kayak race on the Great Miami River, and the 2009 NCAA Division II Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.
In the fall of 2006, Dravo Park was renovated and renamed the Obergiesing Soccer Complex at Dravo Park after being turned into a soccer only complex. In years past, soccer teams played on top of the park’s baseball fields. When Heritage Park opened four large baseball fields just a few miles down the road, the old baseball fields were removed and the park was tuned into a complex dedicated to soccer. A shelter was added to the park in 2010 and a restroom shelter was completed in 2011.
In 2007, the Township received property behind St. Ann’s Church from the Groesbeck Civic Association (GCA) and named it Groesbeck Park. The property had been used for many years as a sports complex, but was in need of a complete renovation that was going to cost more than the GCA could undertake alone. The Township was able to secure funding from the State to aid in renovating the property. Initial work on the site began in 2007 after additional land was acquired from St. Ann Church. A new playground with poured rubber surfacing was installed in the summer of 2010. Construction on three new baseball fields began in the summer of 2010 and were opened to league play in the spring of 2011. A new shelter was installed in the summer of 2011. In addition to the new facilities, the park also has a youth football field with press box and concession stand/restroom and a small t-ball baseball field.
Skyline Park was the site of the 2008 Crosstown Helpout, a joint effort between the fans, alumni, staff and students of the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. In one day, the group of volunteers, aided by Colerain Township staff and members of the community, transformed the Park and gave much needed improvements. In the summer of 2011, the basketball court was resurfaced and lighting was added to the sign.
In the summer of 2009, reconstruction began on Clippard Park. The park, originally developed in the 70’s, will reopened in September 2010 with a sprayground, skatepark, three picnic shelters, two baseball fields, a new access road from Bevis Drive, a walking trail and a new state-of-the-art universally accessible playground built by volunteers and funded through a $225,000 grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and the company’s All Kids Can program.
Palm Park, next to Colerain Township Fire & EMS Headquarters on Springdale Road, was renovated in the summer of 2011. The basketball courts were resurfaced, the shelter house was renovated, benches were added and new landscaping was added around the sign. A memorial tree was planted for Charles Palm, the Park’s namesake.
We have also been the fortunate recipient of a very generous donation from a local property owner. Bob Wert and family donated the ten acre property at 3460 W. Galbraith Road to the Township in October 2009. Kleingers & Associates was hired in October 2010 to begin the master planning process for the this new park. The property, now known as Wert Family Park, currently has a house, a large garage, a natural trail through woods that stretch back to Cross County Highway, community garden boxes that are available to rent, and a KaBoom! Playground that was completed in one day by volunteers from the community and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in September 2011. Tree identification signs were added in the spring of 2012.