The need to provide areas for both active and passive recreation was never more apparent than in today’s fast-paced world. In recognition of this, Miami Township developed a Parks Department responsible for maintaining approximately 140 acres of land dedicated to the recreational needs of our residents. It is the goal of the Parks Department to provide residents and visitors with safe, clean, well maintained parks for outdoor recreation.
Park System Revitalization Efforts 2017-19
Townships across the state of Ohio have been under constant pressure to identify alternative ways to fund government services due to the continued elimination of vital revenue sources. Miami Township has been more successful then most communities at creating new revenue mechanisms to minimize the negative impacts on services provided, but unfortunately has not yet been able to completely bridge this funding gap. For communities without an operating levy to support park maintenance, reduction in funding park improvements has been a common operating adjustment to balance yearly budgets. Despite this trend, the Board of Trustees determined the park system to be a priority for the township in a strategic planning process completing in 2015 and again in 2017 when the comprehensive plan was re-evaluated.
The Board was successful in securing $80,000 of funding for park improvements through one alternate source beginning in 2017. This amount is expected to increase by $5,000 per year over the next 10 years. The new source of funds was used in 2017 to remove severely deteriorated tennis courts and renovate 2 ball diamonds at Miami View Park. Near future uses of these funds will be directed at upgrades to the township park system's access drives and parking lots, replacement of play equipment, restoration of athletic fields, installation of new park identification signs and restoration of the tree canopy due to extensive damages created by the Emerald Ash Borer.
In 2018, the following improvements were completed:
- Reeder Park play equipment replacement
- Reeder Park 2-bay swing set addition. Miami Township and The Reeder Park Fund jointly funded this neighborhood project
- Layer Park play equipment replacement and shelter door replacement. Park upgrades from the US EPA construction project included: replacement of parking lot, replacement of basketball courts and goals, replacement of single bay swing set, replacement of cooking grills and benches and replacement of 60+ native trees.
- Waldruhe Park fall zone material replacement from sand to engineered wood fiber mulch and replacement of 2 bay swing set
- Miami View Park, Omietanski Park, Zengel Park and Crains Run Park fall zone material replacement from sand to engineered wood fiber mulch
- Zengel Park two bay swing set addition
- Waldruhe Park replacement of entry signage and planting of trees to continue re-forestation of park
In 2019, the following improvements will be completed:
- Layer Park ADA accessible asphalt path from parking lot to amenities
- Omietanski Park and Crains Run Park 4 bay swing set addition
- Chautauqua 8th Street Park play equipment replacement
- Chautauqua Cromer Park fall zone material replacement to engineered wood fiber mulch
- Miami View Park pond aerator replacement
- Miami View Park and Layer Park sport field renovations
Contractual and Township Maintenance
In 2010, Miami Township began bidding turf mowing and landscape maintenance services out to local contractors for maintenance of parks and Township owned properties. Below is a list of tasks not included in the annual mowing contract. The tasks are completed by the Parks Supervisor and Road Department staff members.
- Emptying trash receptacles
- Weekly playground checks
- Picnic table maintenance
- Trash receptacle painting
- Shelter maintenance
- Vandalism repairs
- Barrier fence repairs
- Sign maintenance
- Walking trail maintenance
- Bike path maintenance
- Tree and stump removal
- Brush line trimming
- Right of way litter control
- Hill Grove Cemetery aid
- Play equipment maintenance
- Noxious weed control
- Sport field maintenance
- Irrigation maintenance
- Landscape water bag filling
- Resolving resident concerns
- Landscape maintenance
Click here to view a list of Township maintained parks and amenities for more information.