Great Parks of Hamilton County offers endless ways to play outdoors. The Foundation is dedicated to helping Great Parks enhance campgrounds, playgrounds, more than 78 miles of trails, and more.



Bridle Trail Improvements

A five-year renovation project on the wooded horse trails in Miami Whitewater Forest was completed in May 2015. When the popular riding trails sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Ike in 2008, Great Parks Foundation – spearheaded by board member Ann Frederick – rallied to rebuild them. Ultimately, more than $45,000 was raised from multiple sources to fund the project.

The official ceremony to celebrate the renovation of horse trails A, B and C was held Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Miami Whitewater Forest wooded horse trail shelter area. More than 60 attendees, including individual donors, 14 organizations and seven businesses, joined Great Parks staff and Great Parks Foundation to celebrate the special occasion. The ceremony included the unveiling of a new trailhead sign depicting a map of the newly renovated trail system, complete with a list of project donors.

“These horse trails are invaluable resources for our community, economy and the wellness and enjoyment of trail users,” says Great Parks Executive Director Jack Sutton. “If it wasn’t for the pure heart and soul of these dedicated folks, the trails would not be making the impact that they are today.”


Simmonds Family Dog Park

It's safe to say Great Parks Foundation went to the dogs! Foundation board members had a lot of fun raising money to build a park that dogs and their human companions would love. Simmonds Family Dog Park is located in Miami Whitewater Forest on Hamilton Cleves Pike Road/State Route 128 next to the soccer complex offers:
    • Agility equipment in separate large dog and small dog fenced areas
    • Shade trees and shade structures to provide needed break for canines and their owners
    • Twenty benches for relaxing throughout the dog park
    • An all season gravel area that can stay open when the turf areas are too wet



The project was made possible thanks to generous lead gifts from the Earl and Florence Simmonds Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Mr. Jerry Lotz and hundreds of additional contributions.

See a full list of contributors (pdf)


Ongoing Maintenance

Financial assistance for the continual operation and maintenance of the Simmonds Family Dog Park is provided by the MABLOTZ Fund. Additional contributions to the fund are welcome and will help Great Parks continue to provide a wonderful place for dogs to play and exercise.