Park District continues improvement plan

Sycamore #2 being replaced

Sycamore Shelter #2 will be replaced as part of an extensive improvement project by the Clermont County Park District.

BATAVIA – The Clermont County Park District announces the next phase in its ongoing plan to refurbish and improve its properties around the county.

The Park District is accepting bids this month on a nearly $1.5 million dual project to build new shelters and restrooms at both Sycamore Park in Batavia and Pattison Park near Owensville.

“This is an ambitious project, but one we think will benefit Clermont County and our guests for generations,” said Chris Clingman director. “We have planned this project to make sure residents will have access to their parks this summer and fall, even while construction is happening.”

Work at Sycamore will be in the northern end of the park and will include new restrooms, replacing the Sycamore # 2 shelter with two new shelters and refurbishing the tennis courts.

“Sycamore was the first park in our system,” Clingman said. “It is our most central and busiest park. It’s also the park most in need of updated facilities. We look forward to enhancing Sycamore’s role as a destination throughout the county.”

Construction at Pattison will be on the lake side of the park – aka the south side of U.S. 50 – leaving the trails on the north side open to guests. Rentals at the Pattison lodge and gazebo – one of the county’s most popular wedding spots – will not be affected.

“During a master planning process in 2015 we identified needed improvements and replacements of facilities,” Clingman said. “When voters passed a park levy in 2016, we put together a plan to start upgrades. This is the next step in that process.”

The Sycamore and Pattison improvements follow the new shelters, restrooms, wind turbine and inclusive playground facilities at Shor Park in Union Township, which are nearing completion.

In addition, the historic water tower at Chilo Lock 34 Park is undergoing repair and repainting that should be completed by the end of May.