BATAVIA – Newly erected temporary fencing at Sycamore and Pattison parks signaled the start of two major renovations in the Clermont County Park District.
At Sycamore Park, two new picnic shelters and a restroom facility will be part of the first phase of construction. A new shelter and restroom will go in at Pattison. Both parks will include new walking paths as well.
The Board of Park Commissioners approved the bid from Endeavor Construction during its June 6 meeting. The fencing went up the next day in preparation for the $1.48 million project.
The Endeavor bid was the lowest of five received, coming in about $11,000 under engineer estimates.
Demolition of the old Sycamore #2 shelter begins Monday, June 10.
“The scope of this project is impressive,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “We are making big investments in the facilities at Sycamore and Pattison that will pay dividends to Clermont County for generations.
“There will be some inconvenience to our guests – and we’re sorry about that – but we hope to keep those to a minimum and allow people to continue enjoying the tremendous natural resources our parks have to offer.”
Work at Sycamore Park will be limited to the north end of the property near the far parking lot and tennis courts. The existing restroom will remain open until its replacement is complete.
Sycamore construction will not affect canoe and kayak access to the East Fork of the Little Miami River, the Sycamore #1 shelter, Sycamore Woods shelter and adjacent playground or trail access to Wilson Nature Preserve.
Demolition of the picnic shelter, restroom and playground at Pattison begins the week of June 10. While those areas of the park will be closed, access to the pond and surrounding walking trails will be open. Recycling dumpsters move to the other end of the parking lot to remain accessible to the public.
Pattison lodge side remains open; weddings and other events in the lodge will be unaffected.
“This is a promise we made during the levy campaign in 2016,” Clingman said. “We are working hard to improve aging facilities so we can best serve the park visitors’ needs and exceed their expectations.”
The Sycamore and Pattison projects ramp up as renovations at Shor Park in Union Township wind down. There hasn’t been an official dedication ceremony yet, but the new restrooms, picnic shelters and the county’s first all-inclusive playground are open and earning rave reviews from early users.
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.