NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2014 Submitted by: Kelly J. Barkley, Sr. Manager of Community Relations kbarkley@YourMetroParks.net 513-867-5835 (O) New Trails Open at Forest Run MetroPark in Ross Township Butler County, Ohio– (August 27, 2014) Over 3 miles of new hiking trails are now open at the Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark, located east of New London Road at 1976 Timberman Road, in Ross Township. Visitors can walk, jog or run on 3.7 miles of trails at this park site, which offers scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Catch and Release fishing is also available at several small ponds on the property. Park hours for all MetroParks begin at 8 a.m. and end at dusk. A MetroPark Motor Vehicle Permit is required. Motor Vehicle Permits are FREE to Butler County residents. Non-residents can purchase Motor Vehicle Permits for $5/daily or $10/annually. The Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark is a breathtaking property that is being preserved naturally for the benefit of all who wish take advantage a healthy and fun-filled place to interact with the natural world every day of the year. This public access provides not only the place but the opportunity to encourage people to discover and experience nature firsthand.
The Timberman Ridge area expansion of Forest Run MetroPark has been made possible as a result of a cooperative conservation effort between the following parties in 2012. • The Trust for Public Land • Richard J. Fitton Family Foundation • Three Valley Conservation Trust • Ohio Public Works Commission (Clean Ohio Conservation Fund) • MetroParks of Butler County.
Beginning today, the 3.7 mile trail system that has been created on the property for daily enjoyment will lead park customer/owners through an exceptional property filled with natural diversity that includes a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Everything from songbirds to timber stands filled with nesting owls, a rolling terrain for mammals, wildflowers and the seasonal assets typical of Butler County can be enjoyed by those step across the threshold to into this natural paradise. The Timberman Ridge property will be continue to be managed for these existing habitats including grasslands, wetlands, woods, fencerows, riparian corridors/greenway links for the watershed. Once on the trail everyone will definitely want to pause to take in the breathtaking scenic overlook at the top of the ridge and view the panoramic vista. Three catch and release ponds are also available on the property for public use.
Improvements will continue to be made in the future, including the addition of picnic tables and the availability of a rentable shelter space. Beginning Wednesday, or anytime daily thereafter, access the Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark from the driveway at 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013. The driveway entrance at 1976 Timberman has provided the necessary safe access point to allow regular visits to this property. Continue up the lane toward the building, which will become the Welcome Center Area of Forest Run MetroPark and used for public meeting space in the future. Once past the Welcome Center Area visitors should continue through the gates and past the barns to find ample public parking, a park information board to familiarize yourself with the property, the trail head access point and portable restrooms.
A more formal Grand Opening Ceremony will take place on the property on Saturday, October, 11, 2014, but MetroParks couldn’t wait another moment to let our customer/owners begin to enjoy the property! Additionally, programs are already scheduled to help the public truly enjoy this property. The first programs will be Hayrides during September! The Harvest Moon Hayrides will include a night time wagon ride, pumpkin hunting by flashlight, campfire stories, activities and yummy S’mores by the fire….all by the light of the moon. These evening hayrides will be available September 8 th -10 th from 8:30 pm -10 pm. Alternatively, if the dark isn’t a fit for your group, the whole gang can come on Sunday, September 7th from 3 pm – 5 pm. The activities offered are the same as the Harvest Moon Hayride; however, you won’t need the flashlight! Advance reservations are required for all Hayrides. For costs, additional details or registration information visit: www.YourMetroParks.net or call Visitor Services at (513) 867-5835.
Forest Run MetroPark also includes the following other activity areas: • Wildlife Preserve Area (north of New London Rd-Ross Township- borders The City of Hamilton) • Timberman Ridge Area (east of New London Rd-Ross Township- borders The City of Hamilton) • Little Dry Run Area (west of Timberman Rd-Ross Township) • Engel House Area – Administrative Office for MetroParks (Ross Township) Altogether Forest Run MetroPark consists of 337 acres of property. Established to compliment the work of state and local communities, MetroParks, a separate political subdivision of The State of Ohio, is organized to provide parks and recreation services to the citizens of Butler County. MetroParks is governed by a three member Board of volunteers, appointed by The County Probate Court, The Board of Park Commissioners. The Mission of MetroParks is to provide a superior park system that maximizes the community’s quality of life through conservation, education and recreation. For more information regarding MetroParks visit our website at: www.YourMetroParks.net.