MetroParks seeks sponsors for
Middletown River Center
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$1.3 million, someone can have the naming rights for the new River Center
recreational facility that is currently being designed.
Butler County released various sponsorship opportunities for the $1.2 million
project on the Great Miami River in Middletown.
The county-wide park district furthers its mission by offering sponsorship
opportunities through monetary or in-kind support for programs, services or
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possible sponsorship possibilities include naming rights for the entire
facility or for various components of the facility such as having the
conference room, education office, the welcome center, or terrace, according to
MetroParks. The approximate values for these naming rights range from $30,000 to
also offers other proposed sponsorship opportunities available and costs vary
depending on size and complexity. Those items include a splash pad for
$250,000; an observation deck for $50,000 to $250,000; interpretive displays
for $5,000; a sculpture for about $25,000; benches for $2,000; table and chairs
for $4,000; canoe/kayak racks for $4,000; bike racks for $500; bike lockers
that store two bikes for $2,500; and a paver patio for about $50,000 or about
$20 per square-foot.
Sponsorship Opportunities for the River
Center were shared for
informational purposes with the MetroParks Board of Park Commissioners at their
meeting last month.
Barkley, senior manager of community relations for MetroParks, said, “the
sponsorship opportunities included in the package are best estimate costs for
the various items available to sponsor.”
She said the
items and package do not require specific approval from the board as they were
consistent with the board-approved Sponsorship Guidelines.
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the facility is now in the design phase and said MetroParks hopes to send out
requests for proposals for the project in July. She said MetroParks is hoping
to begin construction this fall with the project being completed during the
second quarter of 2018.
million River Center is envisioned to as a hub for
those who walk, run and bike along the regional recreational/bike trail that is
managed by MetroParks. When that is completed, trail users will be able to
access businesses in downtown Middletown.
The planned facility will include public restrooms in addition to meeting and
educational spaces. It will also serve as home base for the MetroParks
volunteer Trail Ambassador Program and as a substation for MetroParks public
final design work is being completed on the $1.2 million River Center
and financing options are currently being pursued. The project received a $1
million State Capital Improvement Project grant in February 2015.
“The way that
the State Capital Budget projects work is that the entity completing the project
must pay for the work, then submit documentation to be reimbursed for the
expenses by the state,” she said in an email response. “Additionally, the state
has not yet released the funds for the reimbursement. The project is moving
forward as expected at this point.”