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eagle on tree

Crossing the bridge in downtown Batavia last week, Clermont Park District Director Chris Clingman saw a handful of people looking at something. Then saw it himself.

An American bald eagle.

“I parked and went on bridge,” he said. “Turns out there were two of them; one was on the other side of the bridge.”

He snapped some photos with his phone and sent them to the Park District’s interpretive nat...

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Fishing Derby delayed

APR 28, 2020

OWENSVILLE – The annual Matt Maupin Memorial Fishing Derby For Kids – co-hosted by the Clermont Park District and East Fork Bass Anglers and scheduled for May 9 – became the latest event affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine stated in his April 27 daily briefing that the order prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place for the foreseeable ...

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While the COVID-19 crisis continues and the state of Ohio begins making plans to open up parts of the economy starting May 1, the Clermont Park District will postpone a community event scheduled for mid May.

“At this point, we don’t know enough about what the rules from the state and county will be for large gatherings,” said Park District Direct Chris Clingman. “We will always err on the side of...

A Brief History of Steamboats: Early History
by Ben Morrill, Visitor Center Site Manager

Steamboats have a long and storied history along the Ohio River, and many sites around the region pay homage to their rich history. With flat hulls and propulsion systems mounted above the water line, the unique construction of steamboats made them ideal for travelling the shallow Ohio River, helping revolutio...

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Life at Lock 34

APR 14, 2020

Life at Lock 34
by Ben Morrill, Visitor Center Site Manager

Today Lock 34 Park is known as a serene riverfront park in the Clermont Park District, but from 1925 to 1964, Lock 34 was home to a vibrant community, living and working along the Ohio River. On site housing for workers and their families helped create a tight knit community while the nearby town of Chilo offered opportunities to social...

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The Clermont Park District recently revived its Twitter account after more than two years dormant. The Park District also added an Instagram account to its social media portfolio.

Interpretive naturalist Robin Green was the driving force behind the expansion.

“I’m just trying to reach out to people who might not be using Facebook,” she said. “I think Facebook will still be the main source for Pa...

Joe Scharf

One thing we know about the new interpretive naturalist on the Clermont Park District team, he’s pretty good at understatement.

“It’s been a weird time for onboarding,” said Joe Scharf, who was hired last month just as the coronavirus threat began to affect wide swaths of the population.

The cancellation of Park District programs and events, office closures and stay-at-home orders conspired to k...


As the COVID-19 pandemic moves forward, the Clermont Park District continues adjusting its services to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

On April 2, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a new order to take effect April 7, extending and revising the state’s previous stay-at-home order through May 1.

“This is a difficult time for everybody,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “W...


As the COVID-19 pandemic moves forward, the Clermont Park District continues to take steps to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors while maintaining proper social distancing.

On the advice of both Clermont Public Health and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Park District has removed the goals from the basketball court and closed the tennis courts at Sycamore Park in Batavia.

“While we encourage p...

drawing of kid playing

UNION TWP. – One never knows where inspiration may strike.

Batavia-based artist Margi Hopkins found it at Shor Park – 4659 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150 – photographing the toddler son of a friend crawling through the beehive portion of the playground.

“It was just a really fun photograph of him coming through that beehive,” Hopkins said. “The way the light was coming through one of the holes...

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