Clear Creek Park History
The park was initially purchased as 2 individual tracts of land; the Ragland Tract and the Burger Tract. The Ragland Tract was purchased by the Anderson Township Trustees in 1992. The Burger Tract was jointly purchased in 1993 by the Anderson Township Trustees and the Anderson Park District. The Trustees deeded this property to the Anderson Park District in late 1993. The Bicentennial Celebration, in 1993, provided the initiative for the acquisition and development of additional parkland for Anderson.
Clear Creek Park opened in the late summer of 1996, as the first phase of a continuing building program.
In 2000, the Park District acquired an additional 35 acres of adjacent property, containing a national registered pre-historic site.
In 2011, the Park District acquired an additional 27.7 adjacent acres to the east of the park.
This addition makes Clear Creek Park the 127.4 acres it is today, making it Anderson Park District’s second largest park.
Clear Creek Park has capabilities for up to 18 irrigated athletic fields of varying sizes. The fields are available for use by permit only. The Anderson Township Bicentennial Commission raised funds for part of the development.
Clear Creek Park is Unique
Anderson Park District was awarded the prestigious “Management Innovation / Special Project Award” by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA), for “The Oasis” project. The project was chosen based on outstanding management creativity, interagency cooperation, and cost effectiveness.
In 1997, the Park District and 130 teens from the tri-state area youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, cooperated to raise ‘The Oasis’. The Oasis is an elevated, arbored framework housing concession and restroom facilities. The teens selected this project from a number of other possibilities during their annual youth conference.
Clear Creek Park is located in the flood plain of the Little Miami River Valley on State Route 32. Budget and construction obstacles were the concerns for the Park District. Building such amenities within a flood plain requires immense creativity to avoid the repeated expense of cleaning and repairing permanent restroom and concession facilities, following annual floods. The solution was to place portable trailers within an arbored framework, giving them a facade of permanence while allowing for quick removal with minimal warning time of rising waters. The cost effectiveness of the design, coupled with the assistance of the youth, made this project unique. The Oasis stands as the focal point of Clear Creek Park for everyone to enjoy, while serving as a permanent legacy of community involvement. The benefit to the community, as well as to those who helped build it, will last for many generations.
The Anderson Park District’s Oasis Project was selected from eleven Parks and Recreation projects, from around the state of Ohio, including the Hamilton County Park District, the City of Columbus, the City of Toledo, and the City of Cincinnati.
Ohio River to Lake Erie Trail
The first section of the Ohio River to Lake Erie Trail through Clear Creek Park was made possible by a matching grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Clear Creek Park serves as a trailhead on the Little Miami Scenic Trail, which is a section on the larger Ohio to Erie Trail, linking the Ohio River to Lake Erie. The Clear Creek Park link of the bike trail connects the Beechmont Levee and the Little Miami Golf Center. The Beechmont Bridge Connection Project will take the trail across the Little Miami Scenic River, tying it into the Lunken Airport Trail and Ohio River Trail to downtown Cincinnati. Trail partners include, but are not limited to: Great Parks of Hamilton County, Anderson Township, and Ohio Department of Transportation. Dogs are permitted on the trail and must be held on a 6′ leash at all times.
Permeable pavers add additional parking
In 2014, the Park District found partners to help provide 110 more paved parking spots for Clear Creek patrons. The permeable pavers will help eliminate surface water pollutants and reduce surface runoff water into the Little Miami and Ohio rivers. Click here to learn more about the benefits of permeable pavers.
Permeable paver project was financed in part through a grant from the Ohio EPA.
In 2016, six pickleball courts were added to Clear Creek Park. Pickleball is a sport that combines tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong, and it has been growing in popularity around the country. The Anderson Park District was awarded a NatureWorks grant to construct the pickleball courts at Clear Creek Park. The grant is administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.