Since 2007, the Great Parks Foundation has raised funds for Great Parks of Hamilton County for projects that focus on strengthening communities, protecting greenspace and connecting people with nature.
Construction of Simmonds Family Dog Park
The capital campaign for the Simmonds Family Dog Park was a great success, raising $905,000 for construction of the dog park and supporting infrastructure. The park was opened to the public on June 14, 2014. The facility includes 11 acres of off-leash greenspace for dogs and their owners.
Bridle Trail Improvements
Since 2013, the Great Parks Foundation has raised more than $45,000 to rebuild more than five miles of horse trails at Miami Whitewater Forest. The new trails provide a safer, better experience for horses and their riders.
Great Parks has pledged to plant 60,000 trees by 2016 as part of the regional Taking Root goal of planting two million trees by 2020. Grants secured from the UPS Foundation, Robert Gould Foundation, International Paper Foundation, REI and other organizations have helped purchase trees and planting supplies for this important effort.
The Great Parks Foundation uses General Fund donations to support park conservation projects. In early 2015, more than $31,000 was awarded to Great Parks’ Natural Resource Division for a much-needed utility vehicle, trailer and tractor for controlling invasive plants and maintaining nature trails.