Countryside Park Master Plan

Background and Overview

In 2022, Washington Township trustees adopted a Countryside Park Master Plan that provides a cohesive and comprehensive design for the 21.2-acre park, located behind the Washington Township RecPlex on Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. This planned investment represents a concerted effort by the Township to be strong stewards of Tom Stolz's gift to the community so that his generosity can be enjoyed by generations to come.

Pond and stream restoration work will begin first, followed by projects that increase user access and amenities throughout the park. This includes replacing deteriorating structures around Bass Lake with an observation deck, dock, kayak launch, boathouse, lakeside shelter, and fountain/aeration system. A fishing pier on Turtle Pond and a new pedestrian bridge over Heron Pond will encourage enjoyment of the rejuvenated freshwater ponds. The addition of shelter houses and public restrooms, alongside improvements to the existing A-Frame Shelter, will expand the community’s options for gathering in the park to enjoy nature and participate in outdoor activities. The plan also proposes the creation of a community entrance plaza that includes an outdoor stage, spray fountain, ticketing building and covered walkways between our east and west buildings, and a consolidated main entrance to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety.

Substantial grants have been secured for the initial phases of the plan, while more are being sought for future projects. Over the coming years, the existing park will be enhanced with investments that further inspire people of all ages and abilities to gather and connect with nature, and each other, for years to come.