Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hamilton County Parks buys 184 acres for $1.1M

The Hamilton County Park District has completed the purchase of 184 acres in Colerain Township from Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. for $1.1 million.

Located between East Miami River, Thompson, and Flick roads, the hilly and heavily forested property includes a connection to the Park District's existing Oak Glen Nature Preserve.

The Park District also has been approved for a Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program grant of nearly $918,000 to begin a habitat restoration project on the site.

The Park District has collaborated with Rumpke for several years, working together to preserve a total of 361 acres.

"The Board of Park Commissioners places a strong emphasis on seeking out appropriate greenspace purchases as part of our commitment to Hamilton County residents," said planning director Ross Hamre. "This is a significant land acquisition and we're grateful to our corporate partner Rumpke."

Total greenspace preserved and protected by the Hamilton County Park District is now 16,248 acres.