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Map of circled Ohio archaeological cultures

Chilo Lock 34 Site Manager

Descended from settlers of the first Ice Age, diverse tribes of Native Americans settled the Ohio River Valley and created their own unique cultures and traditions.

For thousands of years these tribes lived along the Ohio and Little Miami rivers, which served as a source of food, water and other vital resources.

Arriving in what would become southwestern Ohio around 1...

Clermont County Park District funding sign

BATAVIA – The Clermont County Park District recently awarded more than $100,000 in grant money to local parks.

The Park District received 14 applications requesting $161,747.91 in funding. The grant committee selected 10 projects valued at $103,814.90. They emphasized safety with repairs to and replacements for existing facilities.

The funding – authorized by the Board of Park Commissioners – is...

restroom building

GOSHEN – Beauty comes in many forms. Not all of them glamourous.

For example, take the restrooms at the Goshen Park District’s Stagge-Marr Community Park.

The Clermont County Park District Community Parks Improvement Grant Program helped facilitate the new facilities.

The grant for $15,100 helped construct a new building with a men’s and women’s bathroom – each with a baby-changing stations – a...


MILFORD – The Clermont County Park District and Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District received a $135,080 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to restore a stream and construct three small wetlands at Shor Park.

This is the second phase of a restoration project that began in 2014 when the two entities partnered to restore more than nine acres of wetlands and create a bioreten...

Utopia historical marker

Ghost town on the Ohio

OCT 10, 2019

Chilo Lock 34 Site Manager

Because October is the spookiest time of year and Halloween is nearly upon us, it’s the perfect time for ghost stories.

The Ohio River is home to its fair share of chilling tales and spooky haunts – Utopia is one of the spookiest. A community established as the ideal model for communal living eventually found itself plagued by tragedy and disaster.

Followers of Charle...

black and white photo of Anthony Meldahl

By Ben Morrill
Park District Site Manager

The Captain Anthony Meldahl dam opened in 1964, part of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to replace obsolete wicket dams. Where once 52 labor-intensive wickets dams helped regulate the Ohio River water level, only 19 hydraulically operated gates now do the job.

With 95 miles between the new dams, boats spend less time waiting to navigate locks, mean...

two people putting post in ground

OWENSVILLE – It takes a village to raze a bridge. And raise a new one in its place.

Matthew Broxterman knows it as well as anyone. He put together a team of family and friends to assist the Clermont County Park District and achieve a personal goal.

“I’ve been interested in (Boy) Scouts since I was a kid,” he said. “I just thought about it and was like, ‘I want to be an Eagle Scout some day and b...

Clermont County Park District Funding sign

OWENSVILLE – For the third year in a row, the Clermont County Park District will award grants to other parks across the county.

The Park District will disburse up to $100,000 through the 2019 Community Parks Improvement Grant Program. Each grant application can request up to $20,000. Eligible entities include townships, villages, cities and park districts who own and maintain park space in Clermo...

park shelter

UNION TWP. – They’ve been unofficially open – and receiving rave reviews from guests – for several weeks. Now the Clermont County Park District will make it official with a dedication ceremony for the completed renovations at Shor Park.

–        WHO: The Clermont County Park District

–        WHO ELSE – Mrs. Sylvia Shor, Board of Park Commissioners, Union Township Trustees, Clermont County Commi...

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Confession time. The Clermont County Park District acted dishonestly.

Because a volunteer would never toot his own horn, the Park District invented a misleading story about a grant application to gather some information to use on an award nomination.

The trickery worked. Captain Bill Judd received the 2019 Clermont County Salute to Leaders Award for Parks and Recreation from the Chamber of Comme...

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