Spring House Park
Spring House Park is Now Open to the Public!
Spring House Park is now open to the public! Guests are welcome to enjoy and explore the park from dawn until dusk. There are three hiking trails within the park: the Perimeter Loop, which spans 2.5 miles; the Overlook Loop, measuring 1.63 miles; and the Spring House Loop, covering 1.5 miles. All these trails offer a natural experience, guiding you through the woods and around the park's perimeter. Visitors should use the gravel parking lot located along Patterson Road near the I-675 overpass.
Master PlanBeavercreek City Council has approved a master plan for the city’s newest and now largest park, Spring House Park. The 148-acre park is located along Grange Hall Road, between Patterson Road and Shakertown Road.
Over the past year, Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. has worked with parks staff and the community to develop the master plan, which acts as a guide for the planning and development of the new parkland. A representative from Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. presented the park’s master plan to council during a council meeting on Monday, May 22, 2023.
The plan shows the park will include natural areas; unpaved and paved hiking trails; playgrounds; picnic shelters; splash pad; dog park; disc golf; pickleball courts; multi-sport fields; basketball courts; outdoor fitness area; archery area; overlook shelter and fire pit; event space; retention pond with fishing docks; and restrooms. The park will also connect and expand recreational trails in the city, and include a spring house shelter as part of the park’s namesake.
A majority of the park will remain natural; however, the city intends to remove invasive trees and plants from the area and replace them with native plants. Volunteers from the community will have the opportunity to participate in this initiative.
The public input process for Spring House Park’s master plan involved two open houses with more than 150 participants and an online survey that generated more than 2,100 responses. People who responded to the online survey indicated their first choice for amenities were natural areas; unpaved hiking trails; an all-access playground; picnic shelters; splash pad; paved trails; dog park; disc golf; outdoor stage; and sports fields.
The city purchased the park land after it was awarded $738,000 in grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources through the United States National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. The city matched the grant dollar-for-dollar using park fees, which is money collected by developments in the city and can only be utilized to purchase parkland.
In 2019, the city conducted a community survey and asked residents about the city’s parks. Sixty percent of households reported “a need for large community parks.” A high percentage of residents also indicated they wanted to see more trail systems and open spaces in Beavercreek.
The cost to develop the entire master plan for Spring House Park is estimated to be around $35 million. A significant portion of the cost, approximately $17 million, will be for infrastructure. This includes preparing portions of the land for development, establishing water and electric systems, constructing roads and parking areas, and ensuring other necessary utilities are in place.
Spring House Park is a new park, so the city’s current parks levy does not support the development and operations of the new park; therefore, the city does not have the necessary funds to develop and maintain Spring House Park at this time.
Why is the park named Spring House Park?
The name Spring House Park recognizes a natural spring and spring house on the property. In the fall of 2022, the City of Beavercreek received nearly 250 name submissions from the community through an online survey and sent 143 submissions to the city's park board for review. The park board narrowed down the pool to three names: Shakertown Park, Deerfield Park, and Spring House Park. Members of Beavercreek City Council chose to name the park Spring House Park.
For additional questions about Spring House Park, contact Beavercreek's Parks, Recreation & Culture Division by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (937) 427-5514.