UNION TWP. – A few dozen children ran and jumped. They giggled and climbed, teetered and tottered, swung back and forth. Some dodged their parents, some clung close.
Few paid any attention whatsoever to the goings on nearby.
Which suited Sylvia Shor just fine.
“You’ve built a palace,” she said. “An absolute palace. It’s more than I ever could have imagined. I love it. But look out there. They like it and that’s what matters.”
Mrs. Shor marveled at the finished product during a July 16 ceremony to dedicate the new facilities at Shor Park, the Clermont County Park District property she donated in memory of her late husband, S. David Shor.
“We are pleased to officially open these facilities,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “It’s a good feeling to see something go from an idea to a drawing, from a hole in the ground to a completed project.
“Based on the early usage, the improvements at Shor Park are going to be an extremely popular addition to the Park District and a wonderful asset to the residents of Union Township and Clermont County.”
More than 80 guests – not counting the families enjoying the playground – attended the ceremony.
They heard from Clingman and Park Board of Commissioners Chairman Bill Stearns.
“The $1.4 million project here includes two picnic shelters, restroom facilities, storage areas for our maintenance team, a wind turbine to help power the facility and – maybe what I’m most proud of – the county’s first certified inclusive playground,” Stearns said.
“I am equally happy to tell you we had people literally climbing the fence to get into playground before we even laid sod around the park. Comments have been unanimously positive about how valuable this park is and will be to the community.”
Other speakers included Union Township Trustee John McGraw, Clermont County Commissioner David Painter and State Senator Joe Uecker. State Representative John Becker – along with fellow rep Doug Green – presented the Park District with a congratulatory resolution from the statehouse in Columbus.
“This was and is a beautiful property,” Mrs. Shor said. “We wanted to have it as a public property for everyone to enjoy. We need to preserve and protect land like this and I’m glad we could make this into a county park all the people could use. It’s a place for everybody.”
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.