About Great Parks
Great Parks of Hamilton County was created in 1930 with the mission 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. Great Parks manages 21 parks and nature preserves spanning 17,700 acres across Hamilton County. It is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio, governed by a Board of Park Commissioners. The five board members serve without compensation and are appointed by the Judge of Probate Court of Hamilton County.
About the Levy
On July 22, 2021, the Board of Park Commissioners approved a resolution to place an additional 0.95 mill levy on the November 2, 2021 ballot. This levy would fund approximately 76% of the $101 million in critical infrastructure needs and approximately 56% of the $124 million in park improvements identified through the master plan process.
Why does Great Parks need additional funding?This step forward is part of a multi-year vision and master plan process that addresses the needs of Hamilton County residents, preserves greenspace, protects natural resources, resolves critical infrastructure issues, and improves parks and facilities.
What would the additional funding support?Approximately 76% of existing critical infrastructure needs including:
• Natural resource management and restoration
• Building repairs and renovations
• Paved roads, trails, and parking areas
• Dams and bridges
• Playground improvements
• Recreational facilities
• Utilities – water, electric, technology, wastewater treatment, and stormwater
Approximately 56% of new park and facility master plan focus areas including:
• Conservation projects
• More trails and adventure
• Refreshed harbors and experiences
• New nature, education, and event centers
The master plan focus areas only represent one-third of the total projects that came out of public input process.
How much will it cost?Homeowners in Hamilton County will pay an additional $33.25 per year ($2.77 per month) based on the market value of a $100,000 residential property.
How long will this levy run?The levy term will be 10 years: 2022 through 2031.