At the July 26 meeting, Loveland City Council annexed approximately 100 acres of property owned by the Clermont County Park District into the city’s corporation limits. The annexed property is bounded to the north by O’Bannonville Road and to the south by State Route 48.
With this action, Council increased the city’s total park space from 157 acres to 257 acres.
While the final design of the park is still underway, Clermont County Park Director Josh Torbeck plans on it being a park that utilizes sustainable practices such as green roofs, storm water management practices, and renewable energy. The city will be involved with the planning of the park’s design.
Additionally, Torbeck stated the park district's goal is to "provide a natural setting for people to work outside, for students to meet for group projects, and for a parent to work from home while their kid plays.”
As mentioned at the Council meeting, the park district purchased the property utilizing Clean Ohio Funds, which require the land to be dedicated open/park space in perpetuity. These restrictions are included within the deed to assure compliance with the funding source.
"Just as Council has made a commitment to invest in the city's roadways, they have made a similar commitment to the city’s park system. Park renovations, improved maintenance, and planning have been a top priority for the city. The new Clermont County park helps further this initiative by creating a wide range of recreational opportunities for our residents," said City Manager David Kennedy.