Recently, Great Parks of Hamilton County opened the region’s largest off-leash dog area - The Simmonds Family Dog Park at Miami Whitewater Forest.
The Saturday, June 14, grand opening was a big day with more than 1,000 people and their pets in attendance.
But an 11-acre dog park doesn’t just appear overnight. Its development was a result of many generous individuals and families from Hamilton County.
Starting with the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Simmonds Jr., whose bequest of their 230-acre farm nestled along the Great Miami River created the perfect location for this project.
Then by members of the Simmonds family who, along with Mr. Jerry Lotz, made lead financial gifts for the facility’s development.
Guided by the leadership of the Great Parks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, more than $900,000 was ultimately raised to see this project fulfilled.
The Foundation will manage the newly created MABLOTZ Fund, established by Mr. Lotz for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to Great Parks of Hamilton County in the maintenance and care of the Simmonds Family Dog Park.
Everything about the Simmonds Family Dog Park is a testament to what true public-private partnerships can accomplish.
Because of the extraordinary generosity of our community, a fantastic new facility now is available.
On behalf of Great Parks of Hamilton County, I thank the Great Parks Foundation and all the many generous contributors who made this project possible.
Joseph C. Seta
President, Board of Park Commissioners
Great Parks of Hamilton County