Spanning the whole of Hamilton County, Great Parks often operates more like a small city than a traditional park district. There are dozens of projects underway every day to improve the parks for current and future generations of guests. These projects can range from building a new shared-use trail to fixing an aging sewage system to reforesting a riverbank. They are a mix of critical infrastructure items in need of maintenance and new projects generated by the public through an extensive master planning process. All are funded through a combination of levy funds, earned revenue and philanthropic support.
Sharon Lake Improvement Project
Dredging Sharon Lake will not only let park guests continue to enjoy all recreation opportunities at Sharon Woods, but also will improve water quality and restore aquatic habitat. The project is currently in design phase, with construction estimated to begin in spring 2023.Learn More
Glenwood Gardens to Winton Woods Trail
This 3.6-mile trail will connect two major Great Parks and extend the existing West Fork Mill Creek Greenway Trail to 9 miles of continuous trail. The project also includes improving access to an adjacent bus stop. The project is currently in design with trail construction expected to begin in spring 2025.Learn More
The new garden will welcome children to create sounds from outdoor musical instruments, while surrounded by music-themed plantings to highlight the connections between music and nature. Located in the Highfield Discovery Garden in Glenwood Gardens, construction began in August 2022 with a formal grand opening planned for spring 2023.
Shaker Trace Nursery Improvements
Shaker Trace Nursery in Miami Whitewater Forest is one of few places in our region that grows native plants for ecological restoration projects. Needed improvements to the facility will increase seed production capacity and expand the role the nursery fulfills in educating the community about native plants, ecology and restoration.Learn More
Sharon Woods Outdoor Playground
The new outdoor playground will be about twice the size of the current playground at Sharon Centre. An accessible design will offer inclusive play experiences for children of all ages. Design and planning work for the new playground is scheduled to be complete by summer 2023, with construction to start shortly thereafter.Learn More
The 1.6-mile Columbia Connector trail will tie the Little Miami Scenic Trail to other segments of the 34-mile CROWN regional trail loop, including Wasson Way. Phases 1 and 2 were completed in 2020, and construction of the final Phase 3 is expected to begin in spring 2026.Learn More
Werk Road Property
Planning for Great Parks’ newest park, located in Westwood, will include extensive community involvement to ensure this greenspace is a true community asset. An online survey is available for everyone to share their initial thoughts and ideas.Learn More
Beechmont Bridge Connector Trail
The Beechmont Bridge Connector Trail opened to the public on September 21, 2022. This critical connector ties the 78-mile Little Miami Scenic Trail into the Lunken Airport trail and Ohio River Trail to downtown Cincinnati.Learn More
Disc Golf Course Upgrades
New tee pads, baskets and signage – as well as realigned holes and new landscaping – at Woodland Mound disc golf course allow for better play for both new and veteran players. The full course re-opened to the public on September 16, 2022, with landscaping and signage improvements scheduled to wrap up later in the fall.
Embshoff Woods Wastewater Treatment
This project included demolishing the park’s failing wastewater treatment facility and connecting restrooms into the nearby MSD sewer line. It was done to reduce future maintenance costs and provide a more reliable and environmentally sound sanitary system for park staff and guests. The project was completed in August 2022.