Donate $15 to MEP and receive this calendar filled with great photos of the park.Oktoberfest funMeditation Labyrinth at MEPHome Depot Building Project at OktoberfestPresentation stage being added to Playscape this fallLebanon Junior High Cross CountryWarrior Walk at MEPEagle Scout Project, David KlenkTake a walk in the preserve

The Season is Bright at Miller Ecological Park

Located within walking distance of three Lebanon City Schools and along the City's bike path, the opportunities and benefits of developing The Will and Harriet Miller Park as an ecological park for passive recreational activities have inspired City administrators and planners, area school personnel, local businesses, service organizations, neighbors, and the Miller Family descendants to join together to make the idea become a reality.   To see picture titles, place your cursor on the picture.

To view a map of the park: Click Here and Click Open

SUPPORT YOUR MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARK:  

FOR A $15 DONATION YOU WILL RECEIVE A 2017 MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARK CALENDAR. The calendar is filled with great photos of the park. Click Here 

Local artists and photographers: Watch for information about the 2018 Miller Ecological Park Calendar Contest.

THANKS TO OUR OKTOBERFEST SPONSORS!  PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARK:

NORTHROP GRUMMAN,TRADERS WORLD, MILLER ECOLOGICAL PARK FUND, DAYTON CHILDREN'S, ABRA BODY AND GLASS, CINTAS, THE HOME DEPOT, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, MILLER-MYERHOLTZ FAMILY, REM HOME OF LEBANON LOCAL, GREEN UMBRELLA, GHENT, RUMPKE, LCNB, MINUTEMAN PRESS, BOB PULTE CHEVROLET, CARDINAL LANDSCAPING TREE SERVICE AND LAWN CARE, GREENSITE PIPELINE RESTORATION

Tim Huitger's bones and skulls display is always a hit!

3rd Oktoberfest a Great Success

Jane Davis wanted to raise money to develop her dream of a playscape at Miller Ecological Park.  Soon the idea grew into organizing a full scale community Oktoberfest.  She served as coordinator of the Lebanon event the first two years, and this year Gretchen Waters took over that role with Jane Davis assisting.

In addition to the craft beer, wine, food and craft vendors, and bands, the event includes a free kids zone.  

Miller Ecological Park steering committee sponsored a booth with Tim Huitgers bones and skulls collection and Sue Saari's Native's Now plant display.  Chase from the Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Gardens was nearby with a Native Plant Display also.

Meditation Bench with Peggy Logue and City Employees

A Place to Find Peace

In October, Lebanon City employees added a bench and information sign to MEP's meditation garden and labyrinth. Peggy Logue, Janet Steinke, Nancy McLaughlin, Marketa Anderson, Scott Brunka, and Jerry Shelhorn of Grandma's Gardens have been working on a project to create a meditation garden and Labyrinth in memory of Shawn Steinke.  A true nature lover, Shawn was a Friend of Miller Ecological Park.

The sign reads: "Walking the Labyrinth promotes healing, mindfulness and peace.  Begin and end your walk in a spirit of gratitude. Quiet your mind...begin walking...Walking to the Center.. letting go.  Standing in the Center... letting in.      Walking out... letting be" 

Tunnel Rock Entrance Upgrade

Expanded Playscape Ready 

The Playscape in Miller Ecological Park was expanded this summer thanks to proceeds from the 2014 and 2015 Lebanon Oktoberfest and donations from Dr. Barbara Ladewski, Miller Family Descendant.  Proceeds from the 2016 Oktoberfest will go toward further improvements and maintenance to the playscape area of the park.

During the week of June 13, 2016, the first steps were made to add a rope bridge and 6 circle stations.  The stations will include a balance beam, web crossing, log hurdles, boulder climb, log climb, and stump crossing.  

In addition, some of the elements of the playscape that are already in place are being upgraded. The Playscape is being constructed under the direction of Mark Workman of Greensite LLC.  

 

Spider Web in Playscape  (photo be Dave Woehr)

Find Your Fun at MEP

The October Lebanon Town Hall Newsletter features an article entitled: Find Your Fun At Miller Eco Park. The article describes the park as a "one-of-a-kind park in Lebanon that offers a wide range of activities."  

Located near the Jr. High School at 755 Miller Road, among other features, you will experience a climbing "spiderweb," log obstacles, a tunnel, and a fort...not to mention a great hill for climbing up and rolling down. 

"The play structures use natural matierals to provide a unique play experience for young and old to enjoy while connecting with nature..."  Read the entire article

Raptor Display in Kids Zone

Many Drawn to Oktoberfest's  Kids Zone 

A unique feature of Lebanon's Oktoberfest festival is the Kids Zone that runs from 11am-5pm.  It is a chance for families to build and play together and observe raptors and other unusual critters. 

Kris Cameron organizes this great event. Highlights include Home Depot building projects for kids, Hunter's of the Sky Raptors, and Cool Critters.  There is face painting by the High School Girl's Basketball Team and their coach Rob Hodges.  Yukiki Ryburn, author of Momoka and The Cherry Tree was on hand to sign her book.  The Japanese Art and Culture Club with Rachel Bowling and Emiko Moore sponsored games and activities and Japanese storytelling as a part of the friendship relationship between Ishinomaki Japan's Matsunami Park and MEP.

If you missed this event this year, be sure to check it out in 2017!!