Discover Greater Hamilton Ohio

There is something for everyone in the Greater Hamilton County area.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Monday, May 11, 2020 - 16:56
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Nestled inside the Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex is Hamilton, a community that approximately 63,000 people call home. 

Strong Neighborhoods

Hamilton residents are known for the pride they take in their community. Underscoring that pride are initiatives such as 17Strong. Focusing on 17 neighborhoods, the program works to provide a framework to rally individuals, groups and other organizations to take pride in their particular part of the region.

Powering the program is a citizen-member advisory board that meets the first Monday of every month within different neighborhoods, providing structure and direction to help ensure the program’s goals are met. These include encouraging more communication between the neighborhoods and city government officials and branding every Hamilton neighborhood with a distinct individual identity, among other things.

Hamilton’s 17 neighborhoods comprise Armondale, Dayton Lane, Downtown- Central Business District, East End, Enterprise Park, German Village, Highland Park, Jefferson, Lindenwald, Millikin, New London, North End, Prospect Hill, Riverview, Rossville, Taft Place/Governor’s Hill and Washington.

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The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

A-List Park

Heads up, outdoor lovers: Hamilton is home to a park that can keep up with the best of them. Located in downtown Hamilton, Marcum Park, which draws thousands of people each year to its RiversEdge Amphitheater and offers green space, a play area and an interactive fountain, was recently voted one of five Great Public Spaces in America by the American Planning Association (APA). Previous APA winners include Central Park and Grand Central Terminal in New York and Millennium Park in Chicago.

Marcum Park was dedicated in May 2017 on a former brownfield site that had long been vacated by the Sisters of Mercy Hospital, and it spurred nearby projects, such as the development of restaurants, retail spaces and Marcum Apartments.

It has become a local favorite, especially with its location so close to the Great Miami River.

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The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Home in Hamilton

With its charming and affordable, yet bustling, neighborhoods, it is easy to see why residents of Hamilton love calling the community home – and they aren’t alone in their opinion.

The National Association of Homebuilders voted the region among the 25 Best Places to Buy and Own a Home in the U.S.

Plus, the area’s affordable living options are growing, thanks to a revitalization taking place downtown. With more than $65 million invested in the district in recent years, new apartments are coming online and filling quickly.

Mercantile Lofts, for example, an $11.1 million project that offers nearly 30 apartments above street-level storefronts, is already filled and has a waiting list. Another development, Artspace Hamilton, is an $11.8 million mixed-use building that features 42 residential units for artists and 3,000 square feet of commercial space, and The Marcum Apartments, a $12 million project, boasts 102 apartment units and four retail spaces.

The 4-1-1 On Hamilton

  • Festive and Fun: Popular events abound in Hamilton. The third weekend in January every two years brings IceFest, where international and local carvers chisel exquisite works of art out of blocks of ice. The region’s crisp falls bring the Operation Pumpkin festival, where attendees enjoy pumpkin sculpting, art, brews, wine and delicious cuisine.
  • Study Time: Opportunities to obtain an advanced degree are vast in the region. Enroll close to home at Miami University Hamilton or opt for a short commute and attend one of the many other higher education institutions in the area, such as Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati or the University of Dayton, just to name a few.
  • Sculpture City: The arts scene is alive and well in the region, as residents can spend hours exploring the more than 300-acre Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum as well as enjoy jazz, cabaret and comedy performances at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Plus, sculptures can be seen across the community, and in 2000, Hamilton was officially named “The City of Sculpture” by then-Ohio Gov. Bob Taft.
  • Break a Sweat: Residents have a wealth of options to stay active. To begin, grab a beer and take part in a Cup-In- Hand Kickball tournament. Started by a Municipal Brew Works owner, participants carry a cup of beer while playing kickball. As for those looking for a more strenuous exercise, the Great Miami Rowing Center offers programs for all ages.
  • Calling All Shoppers: Shoppers can indulge every May when HAMILPALOOZA arrives at the Butler County Fairgrounds, as more than 100 vendors sell everything from trendy home décor, vintage clothing and one-of-a-kind furniture.
  • Behind the Wheel: It’s easy to get around in Hamilton, as the average time spent driving to work is only 25 minutes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.