June 1, 2018

Breaking new ground

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Mrs. Sylvia Shor, fourth from left, helped officials from the Clermont County Park District, Clermont County Commissioners and Union Township Trustees with the May 31 ceremonial groundbreaking on a $1.3 million improvement project at Shor Park.

UNION TWP. – Fear not, taxpayers, you will not be on the hook for a 1950s Cadillac as part of the improvements under way at Shor Park.

That’s not to say a vintage Caddy wouldn’t fit in on the property.

“Way back, my husband had an old Cadillac he used to drive around back in the fields,” said Sylvia Shor, who donated the 56-acre property to the Clermont County Park District in 2003. “He wanted to get across the creek back there and he just gunned it.

“You had to have a pretty big, strong car to get through that creek. That Cadillac did it.”

But again – to be perfectly clear – no taxpayer money will be spent for a hot-rod creek hopper. (No matter how many times your humble correspondent pleads for one.)

Instead, a $1.3 million improvement project designed by Woolpert will feature a picnic shelter, restroom facilities, storage space and an all-access playground. The structure recalls the property’s original use as a horse farm and training ground for the thoroughbreds Mr. Shor raced at old River Downs.

Mrs. Shor very much approved of those expenditures and was on hand to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking for the project May 31.

“It’s been in the works for a long time,” she said. “I’m so happy to see all that’s being done here to make this park better and better.”

Clermont County Commissioner David Painter agreed, presenting Mrs. Shor with a proclamation thank her for her dedication to the betterment of the county in general and Park District in particular..

“Thank you on behalf of all those folks who will enjoy this park from this day forward,” he said. “This is about fulfilling a legacy and it’s a great occasion.”

Commissioners President Ed Humphrey joined Painter, Mrs. Shor, members of her family, Union Township Trustee Bob McGee and Park District officials in posing with shovels for the groundbreaking.

“The taxpayers gave us an enormous gift when they passed our levy, and we are happy to report the bid for this project came in well under budget,” said Board of Park Commissioners Chair Bill Stearns. “We want to provide a rich experience for all our park guests.

“Bringing a picnic shelter, restrooms and playground online will attract even more people to a beautiful property. Adding a storage area will make the excellent work of our maintenance team even more efficient. And now we have an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of inclusivity with our all-access playground.”

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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