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Great Parks of Hamilton County

Our Mission is to preserve and protect natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education in order to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.



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Waking Up to a Big Surprise

Female bears wake up from hibernation in a new role: motherhood.

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Holiday Lights Recycling

Drop off your broken or unwanted lights by February 2.

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2021 Motor Vehicle Permits

Get your pass to 21 parks and preserves today!

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Get Your Annual Motor Vehicle Permit

A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$5 daily; other visitors: $16 annual/$8 daily. Otto Armleder Memorial Park & Recreation Complex and Fernbank Park are cooperative ventures with the City of Cincinnati; therefore, a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required.

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