January 4, 2019

Be our guest

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The Pattison Lodge drew nearly 14,000 visitors in 2018, thanks in large part to 93 weddings.

The Clermont County Park District provides unparalleled outdoor experiences in nature.

What some don’t realize is the Park District also creates lifetime memories indoors.

Just ask the 93 couples who said “I do” during weddings at Pattison Lodge in 2018. Or the 28 families who hosted reunions at the Hartman Log Cabin. Or the 22 youth groups who spent the night (or an entire weekend) in a yurt at Chilo Lock 34 Park.

(The yurts had been unavailable for a year after storms in 2017, but reopened in late August 2018. Groups leapt at the opportunity to book them, filling 22 of 24 available weekends in 2018 and the first two weekends of 2019.)

Nearly 14,000 people attended events at the lodge alone last year, the single busiest Park District rental facility. Beyond weddings, events there included company meetings, birthday and anniversary parties, church picnics, family reunions and bridal showers.

Throw in three dozen naturalist programs and a pair of community events (Pancakes in the Park in March and Walk in a Winter Wonderland in December) and Pattison Lodge becomes one of the most popular gathering spots in the county.

“We appreciate every guest we have,” said Mark Motz, Park District community relations manager. “We enjoy being part of the fabric of Clermont County and being home to some of the special moments families and friends have together.

“Our properties are naturally beautiful and our maintenance team does a sensational job keeping them that way. Couple that with very reasonable prices and it makes sense our facilities are so active.”

How active? The equivalent of 445 days active. Meaning any day of the year – and often multiple times a day – people chose the Park District

Those numbers don’t even reflect regular park users – the guests who hiked or bicycled the trails, went bird watching, enjoyed a picnic lunch, used the playgrounds, launched their canoes, learned about local history in the museum at Chilo Lock 34 Park or any of the many other activities the Park District affords county residents and visitors.

For more information on reserving a Park District facility for your event in 2019, please visit www.clermontparks.org and click the “Our Parks” tab for rental information. Or call the Park District office at 513-732-2977.

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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