September Board Meeting Change

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The September meeting of the Clermont County Park District has been moved to Wednesday September 15, 2021, at noon. It will be held at Park District Headquarters, Pattison Farmside, 2156 US Hwy 50, Batavia, Ohio. For more information, or to be included on the agenda, call 513-732-2977.

August Board Meeting Change

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The August meeting of the Clermont County Park District has been moved to Monday, August 9, 2021, at noon. It will be held at Park District Headquarters, Pattison Farmside, 2156 US Hwy 50, Batavia, Ohio. For more information, or to be included on the agenda, call 513-732-2977.

Torbeck Named Next Clermont Park District Leader

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Joshua P. Torbeck has been named the new Executive Director of the Clermont County Park District by the county’s Board of Park Commissioners. Torbeck began in his new position on July 17.

Torbeck, 40, has more than 10 years of professional experience in the parks and recreation industry and currently serves as a regional director in the Great Parks of Hamilton County system, overseeing more than 3,300 acres of parks and nature preserves in the western part of the county. Previously, Torbeck served as a park manager with Metro Parks of Butler County, director of parks in Berea, Kentucky and as Delhi Township’s director of parks and recreation.

“We believe we have found, in Josh, the leader who will take our park district to the next level,” Dave Anspach, board chairman, said. “The board was impressed with his experience and, most of all, his enthusiasm to get started.”

Torbeck will replace Chris Clingman, who has served as Clermont County’s Park Director, since 1999. Clingman will help with the transition and take on various special project responsibilities within the district. He will be honored with the William H. Over Leadership Award on July 21 at the annual Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Salute to Leaders dinner.

July Board Meeting Date Change

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The July meeting of the Clermont County Park District has been moved to Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at noon. It will be held at Park District Headquarters, Pattison Farmside, 2156 US Hwy 50, Batavia, Ohio. This meeting will include the 2021-2022 Tax Budget Hearing for the Park District. For more information, or to be included on the agenda, call 513-732-2977.

Special Board Meeting June 3 at 10:00 a.m.

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The Clermont County Park Board will hold a Special Board Meeting Thursday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Pattison Park Lodge. Meeting will convene to go into Executive Session under Ohio Revised Code section 121.22g1, to discuss employee actions concerning hiring, discipline & termination.

Special Board Meeting May 19 at 10:00 a.m.

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The Clermont County Park Board will hold a Special Board Meeting Wednesday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Pattison Park Lodge. Meeting will convene to go into Executive Session under Ohio Revised Code section 121.22g1, to discuss employee actions concerning hiring, discipline & termination.

Clingman to retire as Clermont County Park District director

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Chris Clingman, who has led the Clermont County Park District for more than 21 years, has decided to retire as its director later this year. The Board of Park Commissioners will begin a search for his replacement immediately and Clingman will remain director through the transition, then move to a special projects management position with the district.

Clingman was named director in 1999, inheriting a staff of just seven employees with a budget funded primarily through fees and property taxes. In his two decades here, Clingman has more than quintupled the size of the park district from 180 to nearly 1,000 acres, brought in more than $15 million in grants and donations, and spearheaded a successful levy campaign that ensured the park district’s continued growth and financial stability.

“Chris is the face of the park district here in Clermont County and his legacy will forever be the outstanding group of parks he has helped to create from Chilo Lock 34 Park along the Ohio River to our newest acquisition, the Stricker property just west of Pattison Park,” Dave Anspach, chairman of the Board of Park Commissioners said. “These parks improve the quality of life for everyone and attract new investment in Clermont County.”

During Clingman’s tenure as director, Sycamore Park was expanded and the adjacent Wilson Nature Preserve was acquired, Shor Park was established, the Williamsburg-to-Batavia bike trail was developed, a long-abandoned powerhouse at Chilo Lock 34 Park was refurbished and converted into a museum and visitor center, boat ramps were built at Chilo and Kelley Nature Preserve, land was acquired to create Wach’s Nature Preserve and 10 Mile Creek Preserve and – most recently – plans were commenced to create a new 112-acre park at Grailville in northern Miami Township.

Clingman, who came to Clermont County from Darke County where he’d served as the chief naturalist, has 43 years of experience in parks and he isn’t hanging it up just yet. The board has asked him to stay on to help the next director transition and work on a number of special projects that need attention.

 

“There is a lot on the table right now that’s really exciting as the park district continues to grow and improve,” Clingman said. “I look forward to helping the new park director keep this momentum going.”

Special Board Meeting March 24 at 10:30 a.m.

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The Clermont County Park Board will hold a Special Board Meeting Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., at Pattison Park Lodge. Meeting will convene to go into Executive Session under Ohio Revised Code section 121.22g1, to discuss employee actions concerning hiring, discipline & termination.

Special Board Meeting and March Board Meeting Change

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The Clermont County Park Board will hold a Special Board Meeting Tuesday March 2, 2021 at Noon, at Pattison Park Lodge. Meeting will convene to go into Executive Session under Ohio Revised Code section 121.22g1, to discuss employee actions concerning hiring, discipline & termination.

Additionally, the date of the regular monthly board meeting for March has been moved to Thursday March 18th at noon. Normally, the park board conducts public meetings at noon on the second Thursday of each month, usually at Pattison Park Lodge. For more information, or to be included on the agenda, call 513-732-2977.

After Over 20 Years, New Faces on Clermont County Park Board

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Clermont County Probate Judge James A. Shriver has appointed two new members to the Clermont County Board of Park Commissioners. John Stowell, a long-time resident of Miami Township, and Andrew McAfee, a life-time resident of Union Township have joined David Anspach, who has served on the board since 1997. This year, Anspach will serve as chairman and Stowell as vice chairman.

Stowell and McAfee fill the seats left open by long-time board members Ken Stewart and William Stearns, both of whom retired at the end of 2020.

John Stowell

John is retired from Duke Energy where he served in a number of executive positions, including leading the company’s government affairs, energy and environmental policy and international policy groups. In his 28 years with the company, he worked with Congress to help shape the Clean Air Act of 1990 and repeal the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. John is originally from Buchanan, Michigan and is a 1975 graduate of Michigan State University, where he majored in journalism. Currently, John lives in Miami Township just outside of Loveland with his wife Marlene. They have two grown children, Maria and Stephen.

Stowell, who describes himself as an avid bicyclist and outdoors lover, said he was anxious, upon his retirement, to contribute toward improving the community. The opening on the park board, he said, provided that opportunity. “My goal as a board member is to help and improve and grow our outstanding county park system,” he said. “I am particularly excited about our latest addition at Grailville, which will bring recreational and educational opportunities to residents in the northern part of our county.”

Andrew McAfee

McAfee is currently the Director of Government Affairs for the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s Field Representative in Clermont County and, during the recent election, took a leave of absence to serve as his campaign manager. Adopted as a baby from Honduras, Andrew is a lifelong resident of Clermont County and currently resides in Union Township. He is a graduate of Glen Este High School, the University of Cincinnati, and is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Administration at Eastern Kentucky University.

Andrew’s interest in Clermont County parks goes back to his childhood. “Growing up, I was a frequent visitor of the parks throughout Clermont County. During the stay-at-home order early last year, I really got to know all of the parks even better as an alternative to the gym. When I saw the opportunity to join the Board, I thought it would be a great way to protect and promote the parks that I have grown to love throughout my life.

“As a young professional in Clermont County, I’m really looking forward to working with the Parks team on ways to promote and highlight all of the great things our parks have to offer, especially to millennials and young families. We have so much to offer here in Clermont County and I cannot wait to help showcase all of our great parks!”

All three commissioners serve three-year terms without pay and provide stewardship over Clermont County’s six parks, three nature preserves, the Williamsburg-Batavia bike trail and several green spaces.