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Posted on: June 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City Council Supports Proposal to Preserve Grail Property

Map of Grail Property as of June 2023

At its June 27 meeting, City Council unanimously adopted a resolution to support a grant application to conserve the Grail property as greenspace.

The Grail property, located between O’Bannonville Road and State Route 48, is one of the largest undeveloped pieces of land within the city’s corporation limits. Approximately 100 acres already is owned by the Clermont County Park District and will be developed into the largest public park in the city. 

The Grail organization is selling its final plot of land totaling 108 acres.

Since early 2023, city staff has been in discussion with the Cardinal Land Conservancy regarding their proposal to apply for a grant through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund to purchase 89 of the remaining 108 acres. For the remaining 19 acres, the conservancy intends to utilize an alternative funding source. If acquired, the land would be deeded as dedicated green space in perpetuity.

If the conservancy is successfully funded, and the property acquired, the city would have more than 325 acres of dedicated green space within its corporation boundaries, not including the city’s 12 developed parks that total approximately 110 acres. Altogether, this would equate to approximately 1,386 square feet of green/park space per city resident. For reference, the U.S. Green Building Council recommends that a community provide a minimum of 121 square feet of green space per person. 

“Given the many benefits including mental and physical health that community greenspaces provide, the opportunity before City Council to play a role in this project is both rare and perpetual,” explained Loveland City Manager David Kennedy.

Cardinal Conservancy and the Grail will be notified if the grant application is successfully funded in Fall 2023.

Map of Grail Property as of June 2023

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