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The City of Loveland continues to make significant improvements to its community park system.
“Recreation can improve quality of life, and Loveland is making that investment for its residents,” said David Kennedy, Loveland City Manager.
Since 2015, the city has been aggressive in applying for state and county grants to secure funding for park improvements.
“These grants return residents’ state and county tax dollars back into the city to help stretch local funding for various park improvements,” Kennedy explained.
The following parks have recently completed projects or have projects planned for 2023:
Located within Kiwanis Park, 236 Wall St.Visit websiteThe city has been awarded approximately $11.5k in grant funding through the Purina Foundation to install a drinking fountain for dogs within the dog park. Construction on the waterline will begin in the spring. Also coming in 2023: the city plans to install fencing within a portion of the park to create a dedicated space for small dogs.
126 Karl Brown WayVisit websiteConstruction of Nisbet Park’s new gazebo is expected to be completed in early 2023. This will be a 24-ft. diameter structure that will be able to accommodate small concerts, family parties, and weddings. The gazebo is being funded through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) NatureWorks grant program. Just announced, the program has also approved $28.4k in funding to install an access trail to link the gazebo to the Little Miami Scenic Trail. The access trail will improve pedestrian connectivity, while supporting the Nisbet Park Master Plan’s vision to one day install a paved walking path through the park.
126 Karl Brown WayVisit websiteThe West Loveland Nature Preserve (formerly Hidden Creek Park) is a 26.5-acre natural area occupying a creek valley between the Glen Lakes Subdivision and Hidden Creek Subdivision. In November, an asphalt parking lot was installed off West Loveland Avenue to improve access to the preserve. The city’s 2023 budget includes funds to replace the park sign to reflect the new name.
Approx. 310 Cherokee Dr. & 300 Navaho Dr. Visit websiteThe city has been awarded $75,000 in grant funding to replace the playsets within the Loveland Heights’ Cherokee and Navaho Tot-Lots. In addition to new playsets, the city is working with altafiber (formerly Cincinnati Bell) to add free public Wi-Fi at each Tot-Lot to enhance the parks as community gathering spots.
In total, the City of Loveland has 15 parks, including five special-use parks. These parks total approximately 200 acres. Additionally, this year, the city annexed another 100 acres owned by the Clermont County Park District into the city’s corporation limits. To explore Loveland’s parks, click here.