July deemed Miami County Parks and Rec Month

July 13, 2021 

By By Aimee Hancock

TROY — Representatives of park districts throughout the county attended the Board of Miami County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, during which the board designated the July as ‘Parks and Recreation Month’ in Miami County.

As part of this designation, commissioners publicly acknowledged that Miami County benefits from its numerous parks and natural recreation areas, which are “fundamental to the environment by which they improve water quality, protect groundwater, prevent flooding, improve the quality of the air we breathe, provide vegetative buffers to development, and produce habitat for wildlife.”

Park district representatives in attendance Tuesday included Miami County Parks District (MCPD) Executive Director Scott Myers, MCPD Deputy Director Kevin Swanson, MCPD Executive Coordinator Janeen Selanders, Tipp City Public Works Superintendent Tony Hunt, Piqua Public Works Director Brian Brookhart, Troy Director of Recreation Ken Siler, and Troy Park Superintendent Jeremy Drake.

“On behalf of all of us professionals in the parks and recreation field, I thank you for declaring July ‘Parks and Recreation Month’ in Miami County,” Myers said. “We’re very fortunate in this community; we have great parks (and) recreation services, and that goes back decades and decades through the great leadership that has been here in Miami County, not only through our county and our park district, but through our cities and our villages, and the support we have from citizens.”

According to Myers, the MCPD alone manages 15 parks and a total of around 200 acres, with the district’s most-visited park being Charleston Falls. For the last two years, the MCPD has welcomed over 1 million visitors to its parks, Myers said.

“The collaboration between all of (the park districts) is a tremendous asset to the citizens of Miami County and improves the quality of life,” Commissioner Wade Westfall said. “We are blessed beyond measure for the quality of park system that we have in this county, so thank you all for what you do each and everyday to make sure they’ll well-maintained.”

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