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Living in Forest Park

A planned community since its inception, Forest Park is now the third largest city in Hamilton County, Ohio, with approximately 18,720 residents in 7,900 households. Forest Park is located only 14 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, 35 miles south of Dayton, and within 125 miles of Columbus, Mill Road Station HouseIndianapolis, Louisville, and Lexington.

After the surge in economic growth following WWII, the Warner-Kanter Corporation set aside a portion of undeveloped land from neighboring Greenhills and began to plan and build this new city.

Forest Park was incorporated as a village in 1961 and achieved city status in 1968. Using a master plan to develop its 3,800-plus acres, Forest Park integrates commercial developments and high quality neighborhoods while leaving the surrounding greenbelt virtually undisturbed.

Styles of residences range from older, single-family homes to new single-family developments to apartments and condominiums. Housing prices range from $60,000 starter homes to $300,000 luxury estates. Apartment rents range from $400 to $900.The City of Forest Park is proud of its quality of residential life and maintains residential excellence through City requirements for property maintenance and animal control.

Forest Park lies within two public school districts. Winton Woods City School District is dedicated to the educational needs of approximately 4,500 students, and operates 7 schools: 1 pre-school, 3 elementary, 1 intermediate, 1 middle, and 1 high school. For more information call the Winton Woods Board of Education office at 619-2300. Students from the western side of our community are part of the Northwest Local School District, which operates 1 elementary, 1 middle and 1 high school. For more information call the Northwest Local School District office at 923-1000. Residents also have access to many private, parochial, and vocational schools in the area.


Recreation in Forest Park

Summer CampThe City of Forest Park coordinates holiday celebrations, fine arts activities and concerts, sports programs and youth events for area residents to enjoy.  The majority of Forest Park recreation events occur on an annual basis, allowing participants to plan ahead to atend the events they are interested in.
Click here for Summer Camp Ideas
Click here for football registration forms
Click here for SAY soccer registration forms

Business in Forest Park

Forest Park, noted as a leader in the field of economic development, is onBass Pro at Cincinnati Millse of the few cities of its size to have a separate department for this function.  Our development team facilitates economic growth by providing various services to businesses willing to locate or expand in Forest Park.  The staff also works to attract quality residential development consistent with the character of our community.
Meet Forest Park's "Business of the Month"

Public Safety Information

A full-time Police Department and Fire Department work hard to keep Forest Park a safe place toCall 911 Logo live and work.  In addition to their regular duties, both police officers and firefighters participate in community outreach programs to help educate children and adults a like. 
Our Police Department  sponsors the Neighborhood Block Watch, Program to provide an opportunity for citizens to interact directly with their police officers.   
Our Fire Department sponsors programs like community Smoke Detector blitzes, car seat installation, fire extinguisher training and CPR classes. Through the efforts of both of these departments our community will remain a safe place for all to enjoy.
CodeRED Emergency Notification System
The City of Forest Park has instituted the CodeRED Emergency Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the City in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a tornado, gas leak, boil water notice, missing child or evacuation).  It then delivers our recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number. If you have any questions about the CodeRED please review our CodeRED Emergency Notification System FAQs.

Click Here to Register with the CodeRED system.


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Special Events

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Additional Building PermitsBuilding Complaint ProcessBuilding Consultation & Special Services
Building Permit ApplicationsCar Seat Installation RequestChipper 2019 Schedule
Common Ordinance ViolationsCommon Ordinances SummaryCPR and First Aid Class Request
Criminal InvestigationsDrug InvestigationsField Trips
Fire Department Slide ShowFire Station Tour RequestForest Park EFile
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Environmental TimelinesSTOP Unwanted Phone Calls and Junk MailRegistration Waiver and Release of Liability
Related Construction AgenciesPlans ReviewBusiness Incentives
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Stormwater Repair Grant Application (pdf)Stormwater and the Construction Industry PosterFederal Environmental Requirements for Construction (8 Page Booklet in PDF Format)
Sample Construction Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (34 Page Booklet in PDF Format)PDF Files ExplainedOnline Library - Stormwater Pollution Prevention
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1201 West Kemper Road
Forest Park, OH 45240-1697
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  • Phone: 513-595-5200
  • Fax: 513-595-5285
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