Park District welcomes new staffers


Denise Franer

CHILO – Meet he newest members of the Clermont County Park District team.

Denise Franer and Ethan Rudd joined the staff May 24.

Franer will serve as a part-time visitors center attendant at Chilo Lock 34 Park. Rudd signed on as a seasonal parks assistant; he will split time between the visitors center, naturalist department and maintenance crew.

“We’re glad to have Denise and Ethan aboard,” said Mark D. Motz, community relations manager. “Denise comes to us with a wealth of experience in Clermont County after many years with the health district.

“Ethan has experience in education that will make him an asset in the museum at Chilo and in the field helping with nature programs, day camps and more.”

Ethan Rudd

Both of the new hires look forward to sharing the story of the Park District with the public.

“To me, there is something so special about (Chilo Lock 34) Park because there’s such a variety of environments,” Franer said. “You have open areas, trails, wetlands, the river. Just a lot to see. I’ve always been very fond of this part of the county; it’s a beautiful part of Clermont County.”

To say nothing of the historical element.

“I’m very taken with the whole lock and dam system,” she said. “There are a lot of parts of living and working on the river that I hadn’t even considered. Just helping people see how much there is to learn down here will be a great experience.”

Rudd has a personal connection to Chilo Lock 34.

“My grandpa used to work on barges on the river and my mom grew up around Chilo,” he said. “It’s sort of a homecoming for me.

“People tend to take the environment around them for granted. They think they have to go out to the Rockies or west of there to see really great things in nature, but we have incredible things right at our feet here. I want people to see them and appreciate them.”

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