Organized as a township in 1793, Anderson was the 5th township in Hamilton County. The township is one “of the most populous townships in the state of Ohio”, with over 43,000 people at the time of the 2010 census. The 2nd largest Kroger store is located in Anderson, second only to the one in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anderson has been dubbed “one of the Cincinnati area’s most desirable places to live.”
Anderson is located 20 miles (about 15 minutes) from downtown Cincinnati. It sits between the “banks of the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers.” Anderson is easily accessible from I-275 or State Route 125.
Anderson Township Schools
According to Wikipedia, “Nearly all of Anderson Township is located in the Forest Hills Local School District, with its two high schools, Anderson and Turpin, although some residents are located in the City of Cincinnati Public Schools.The Forest Hills School District boasts an “Excellent” rating from the state of Ohio.”
“Forest Hills Local School District serves an approximate student population of 7,655 in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. With 422 full-time classroom teachers, the district’s overall student/teacher ratio is 18.1:1. There are 9 schools associated with the agency, which is classified as being in a large city (Cincinnati). Forest Hills Local S.D. allocates approximately $4,048 per pupil for instructional expenses.”
“In 2005 the Forest Hills School District was presented a banner from the Ohio Department of Education recognizing the achievement of receiving an “Excellent” rating on the State Report Card for five consecutive years. Only 47 of the state’s 614 school districts have achieved an Excellent rating for five consecutive years putting FHSD in the top 8 percent of districts in the state. This was achieved with more than 7,000 students and by spending less per pupil than many of the other school districts that are rated excellent.”
Archbishop McNicholas is a private, parochial high school school, located in Anderson. They serve approximately 630 students in grades 9-12, with a student teacher ratio of 18:1.
Anderson Parks and Recreation
Anderson is home to some great parks. There are tons of playgrounds, so you and the kids can visit several different ones all summer long without getting bored. The hike/bike trails are a must-see as well, where you can enjoy nature while staying active and healthy.
The Beech Acres Skatepark is a great place for all the dare devils residing in Anderson. “The 12,000 square foot Skatepark is made of reinforced concrete consisting of a bowl design for what is known as vert skating with ‘streetscape’ elements to accommodate the dual preferences of skaters.”
The Kellogg Park offers a dog field for “man’s best friend” to hang out and play with other canines in the area. There are also several athletic fields in Anderson Township’s parks, where residents participate in community sports’ leagues and recreational activities.
Anderson offers special recreational events throughout the year. Sports camps, Yoga classes, Guitar classes and sports leagues are all offered through the Anderson parks and recreation.
Anderson Special Events
Great American Cleanup – Every spring, the residents of Anderson, as well as several community groups in the township, work hard on a Saturday morning to make sure that Anderson is litter-free and beautiful. The work day ends with a picnic lunch at the Anderson Center.
Every year, the Anderson Township Independence Day Parade is a place where families can “celebrate hometown pride.” “The annual Anderson Parade theme and celebrate the USA by participating in planning activities or parade preparation for this annual event, which is held each July 4th at 11:00 a.m. along Beechmont Avenue.
Jack O’ Lantern Walk – The Anderson Center campus comes alive in October and help is needed to transform the campus into a celebration of fall for this annual event which attracts thousands of people of all ages from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Children wear costumes and the whole family strolls through a pumpkin-lit trail. Residents also participate in the pumpkin-carving contest on this special evening.
Greater Anderson Days take place at Beech Acres Park. “Now in its 16th year, Greater Anderson Days is THE place to be for both businesses and festival goers. This popular event hosts approximately 30,000 people over the three-day weekend, and features live music, games, rides, delicious food, “Anderson’s Got Talent” competition, and an amazing fireworks display by Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, courtesy of the Beechmont Automotive Group. The fireworks display is a perfect finale to this grand community weekend!”
Junior High Park Parties take place for all students entering grades 7-9. This is a fun way for kids to keep in touch with one another when school is no longer in session. Hosted at Beech Acres Park RecPlex, this a fun time for students to hang out and have fun.
The Anderson Center is a great event location, hosting weddings and other special events. Many of Anderson’s community events take place at the center, but you can reserve it for your own special occasion as well. It is a phenomenal facility, with state-of-the-art amenities.
The Anderson Senior Center is a great place for the more “mature” residents to be involved in a “relaxing, friendly atmosphere.” The center offers a daily meal, recreational programs and much more for the senior adults of Anderson.
Things That Make Anderson Special
The Pelican’s Reef is a great seafood joint that has served Anderson for 10 years. The Reef has a robust menu and has raving reviews from customers all over. The eclectic artwork comes mostly from frequent customers who bring back souvenirs from tropical locations in order to decorate the restaurant.
Minutes away from the heart of Anderson Township is the Coney Island Amusement Park. Coney is a great family park with rides and the “world’s largest flat-surfaced recirculating pool.” The pool was built in 1925 originally and is a gathering place for families all summer long. You can pay one price to get into both parks, or you can choose one park to visit. Coney offers memberships to families as well as to individuals. The classic rides are incredibly fun for the whole family.
The Ohio River Paddlefest is hosted by Coney Island each year. People from all over paddle down the Ohio River, but that’s not all that takes place during this exciting weekend. Be sure to check it out.