While much of the focus has been on exciting new private investment, the impact of the Hamilton Parks Conservancy (HPC) and 17 Strong cannot be overstated. Both entities were created in the past seven years and had increased importance during the pandemic. They have exponentially improved our community’s quality of life.
In addition to managing more than 1,000 acres of parks, the HPC recently took over maintenance of both 18-hole golf courses in Hamilton. Their impressive investment across the parks spectrum provided our residents and guests top recreation opportunities. HPC is losing its first Executive Director Steve Timmer in 2022, and his shoes will be difficult to fill.
17 Strong was originally created to have better conversations regarding the needs of our 17 unique neighborhoods. Since its inception, former City Councilmember Kathy Klink and a host of volunteers have boosted the stature of 17 Strong. Neighborhood cleanups, movies in the park, monthly meetings and micro-grants for desired improvements have made 17 Strong a central organization to help our neighborhoods continual improvement process.
That said, resolutions for 2022 include: 1) continue our strong focus on neighborhood improvement, 2) further our small business outreach, so we can better assist as they continue to grow, 3) concentrate more effort on street improvements and improving traffic flow, and 4) successfully assist the hundreds of millions of private investment in our development pipeline to a successful completion.
Joshua Smith has been City Manager for Hamilton, Ohio since 2010.