OWENSVILLE – With construction in progress and the park already partially closed for the new restroom facility, picnic shelter and playground under way at Pattison Park, the Clermont County Park District announced the need to completely close Pattison Lakeside for about a month.
Pattison Lakeside is on the south side of U.S. 50 just west of Owensville.
Starting Monday, Sept. 2, sidewalk installation begins along the length of the parking lot. The work includes removing several feet of asphalt along the edge of the lot, which affects parking and creates a fall hazard.
The recycling dumpsters will be moved and only will have limited access. People looking for an alternative may go to the recycling site in the Clermont County Fairgrounds near the main gate.
Pattison Lodgeside – on the north side of U.S. 50 – remains completely open with access to the Park District office and the Pattison Lodge and Gazebo, one of the most popular wedding spots in Clermont County.
“We regret the inconvenience to our guests who have been using the trails or fishing at Pattison Lakeside, even during the construction,” said Chris Clingman, Park District Director. “We thank them for their patience as we continue our mission to create the best parks we can offer.
“However, for safety’s sake and to make the process of the sidewalk installation as quick as possible, we need to close that half of the park entirely.
“The good news – assuming we have cooperation from the weather – is that we should be able to re-open the trails by the end of the month.”
Construction is on schedule at Pattison, as is the concurrent work at Sycamore Park in Batavia, where another new shelter and restroom facility are going in at the Park District’s oldest and busiest park.
The Park District recently dedicated its $1.4 million improvement project at Shor Park in Union Township that included two new picnic shelters, restrooms and an inclusive playground.
“We are happy to be interwoven into the fabric of Clermont County,” Clingman said. “We are proud to offer our guests a place where they can explore, engage and discover nature.
“While the construction is a temporary inconvenience, the resulting new facilities will enhance visitors’ park experience for generations.”
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.