Keehner Park

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Keehner Park
Keehner Creek.jpg
A swimming hole on the eastern fork of Mill Creek, which runs through the park
Keehner Park is located in the United States
Keehner Park
Location of Keehner Park within the United States
LocationWest Chester, Ohio
Coordinates39°20′13″N 84°22′50″W / 39.33694°N 84.38056°W / 39.33694; -84.38056Coordinates: 39°20′13″N 84°22′50″W / 39.33694°N 84.38056°W / 39.33694; -84.38056
Area123 acres (0.192 sq mi; 50 ha; 0.50 km2)[1]
Established1976 (1976)[1]
OpenDawn to dusk[2]

Keehner Park is a public park located in West Chester, Ohio. The park is locally renown as a location for various community events, such as free concerts and outdoor performances. The park offers playgrounds, picnic shelters, athletic and sport areas including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and tennis courts, walking and mountain biking trails, and additional utilities such as restrooms and public waste disposal dumpsters.[1]

History[edit]

Voter approval to use funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources resulted in the creation of Keehner park in 1976. The park is named after a local farming family that existed in the early days of West Chester.[1] Keehner Park is the current home of a reconstructed[3] 1833 log cabin, relocated to the park from Preble County in 1990.[4]

Park Events[edit]

Baseball diamonds in the park

Keehner Park frequently serves as host to a variety of community events. One of the more well known events is the West Chester Concert Series. Sponsored by Fifth Third, the event occurs each Saturday in the park's amphitheater, featuring performances by a variety of local music groups.[5] Historically the park has hosted nature education programs; stargazing; Easter egg hunts; Halloween events with wagon rides, petting zoos, haunted trails,[6] costume contests, and other autumn themed attractions; seasonal decorations of the log cabin; and other annual events.[7]

The park frequently hosts sporting events and provides access to baseball diamonds, soccer fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Keehner Park". West Chester, OH. West Chester Township. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. ^ "West Chester Park Rules". West Chester, OH. West Chester Township. Archived from the original on 9 September 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Keehner Park". Roadtrippers. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  4. ^ Uhlenbrock, Doug (Feb 2000). "West Chester -- Great Place to Live". Cincinnati Magazine. No. Vol. 33, No. 5. Emmis Communications. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Fifth Third West Chester Concert Series". West Chester, OH. West Chester Township. Archived from the original on 9 September 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  6. ^ "The Great Pumpkin Fest". West Chester, OH. West Chester Township. Archived from the original on 2 September 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Programming for Families". West Chester, OH. West Chester Township. Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Information on Keehner Park". Children's Performing Arts of Lakota, Inc. Homestead. Retrieved 27 August 2015.