City of Forest Park COVID-19 Information
NOTE: This page will be updated on Thursdays as the City of Forest Park evaluates its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Forest Park falls under the jurisdiction of the Hamilton County Health District, the State of Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Health; as such, much of the information presented on this page is a representation of information produced by those agencies.
* The City of Forest Park represents approximately 68.45% of the total population of the 45240 zip code area.
Forest Park Risk Level
Level 4 (Purple)
** Need Assistance **
COVID-19 testing sites
Local Business Assistance Information
County, state and federal officials have put together a number of programs designed to assist businesses impacted by the current health emergency. To help local companies access this important information, we have found that the following websites are useful places to start:
If you own or manage a business in Forest Park, we encourage you to utilize these links to access application information for county, state and federal assistance programs. Of course, you can always contact our economic development department (513-595-5207 or firstname.lastname@example.org) as well.
We are here to help,
Authoritative Site Links
State of Ohio:
Forest Park Local Response
Executive Order Declaring a State of Emergency within the City of Forest Park, Ohio
Forest Park Municipal Building is NOW Open!
The Forest Park Ohio Municipal Building located at 1201 West Kemper Road (45240) is now open to the general public. All city employees are back in the office, and our team is ready, willing, and able to serve. The Municipal Center has been closed for several months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Residents and business owners can now get much needed assistance with key city services such as permitting, taxes, and recreation. Hours of operation: 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
The total number of people allowed in the building at any one time has been limited to decrease the risk to visitors and workers alike. To protect the health of all who visit the Municipal Center, there are some new requirements:
- All visitors must check in at the front door using an intercom system. You will then have to remain in a designated waiting area in the main lobby until a City employee meets you to answer any questions and respond to your request.
- Consistent with Governor DeWine’s order, all visitors must wear masks and observe social distancing recommendations while in the building.
- Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should NOT enter the building. Visitors to the facility may be asked to leave if you are exhibiting symptoms.
To protect the health of workers and visitors, the City of Forest Park has also installed hand sanitizers and protective partitions throughout the building. In addition to these changes, several City departments have modified their operations to better serve you during this health crisis.
Forest Park Finance and Tax Department
Over the summer, tax services for residents have been temporarily moved to the Forest Park Senior Center located at 11555 Winton Road. The interior of the senior center has been modified to accommodate the needs of residents seeking assistance with their City taxes. More information can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zyfcf9chk4.
Tax documents are moving to electronic storage to help reduce the handling of paper documents. Everyone coming in to file has their documents scanned into the tax software. Social distancing measures are in place in our waiting area and once the public sits with a tax associate they are separated by a Plexiglas barrier.
Forest Park Police Department
The City of Forest Park continues to provide essential services without interruption. For emergencies, continue to dial 911 (emergencies only please). For non-emergency police services, please call (513) 825-2280.
Please note: the Hamilton County Public Health Department is responsible for enforcing the Governor's mandates on face coverings and social gatherings. Please do not call local police agencies seeking enforcement of these health mandates. Businesses following face covering mandates may elect to reject service to a non-compliant customer and request they leave the establishment. Should a conflict arise with the customer, police will respond and assist.
It has been recognized since the start of the pandemic many normal recreational activities have ceased. This has resulted in many more people using local sidewalks to exercise and enjoy walking. All residents are reminded that it is a violation of local code to park a vehicle across the sidewalk in your driveway. This local code was passed by council in 1961 and is for the safety and convenience of all residents.
Forest Park Fire Department and WeTHRIVE!
Fire protection and emergency medical care remain priorities for our community. The Forest Park Fire Department continues to responds to all calls and emergency service continues to be provided without interruption. Residents should continue to call 911 for emergencies. Non-emergency calls should be directed to (513) 595-5243.
In addition to its ongoing program of work, our department has joined forces with neighboring jurisdictions and Hamilton County to facilitate COVID-19 related services, including testing. For more information on COVID-related programming, residents can go to the City’s website and Facebook pages or the website for Hamilton County Public Health https://www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org/covid19.
The City of Forest Park WeTHRIVE Partnership has organized a number of events to help residents in need during this time including POP-Up grocery distributions and other events. Information can be found at https://watchusthrive.org/forestpark or the group’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wethriveforestpark.
Public Works and Parks & Recreation
The City is moving forward with its popular Chipper program. Pickup is once a month. Residents can find the schedule for pickup in your neighborhood and rules for the program on the City’s website. The City parks are now open. Tennis and basketball courts are open. Park bathrooms are closed. We have installed port-o-lets Central Park and Kemper Meadow Park. However consistent with State health guidelines, park shelters are not being rented at this time. Consistent with State health guidelines, the Senior Center is not being rented at this time. All senior programming has been canceled. Plans for a number of recreation programs and events have been changed due to the health crisis:
- We are currently accepting registrations for fall soccer until July 31. If the number of participants is low, this program may be canceled. More information can be found on our website or Facebook page.
- The Sickle Cell 5K scheduled for August 29th has also been canceled.
- The 2020 Jazz in the Park Concert has been canceled.
Building, Community Development and Environmental Awareness
The City continues to respond to any and all requests for planning and zoning information. However consistent with county and state health mandates, Planning Commission meetings are now virtual. Details for submitting applications for consideration by the commission or questions regarding zoning or permitting can be directed to (513) 595-5215 or email@example.com.
Information regarding the City’s award-winning environmental awareness program can be on our website here. Meetings have been canceled for the time being, but all previous summer programs continue without interruption. Specific questions regarding our environmental awareness programs can be directed to (513) 595-5263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Building Department is currently closed to the public for in person consultations and the processing of permits. However, permits can be applied for online and inspections continue to be done. Inquiries can be directed to (513) 595-5264 or RachelW@forestpark.org.
Economic Development and Business Assistance
The Economic Development Department continues to manage a comprehensive program of work to retain existing companies, recruit new businesses, and redevelop commercial properties. In spite of the current health crisis, the City has almost $15 million of development projects underway at the current time including significant renovations by two of our larger employers.
That said our business community faces some unique challenges due to COVID-19. Local businesses can find important information on county, state and federal business assistance programs at the following:
To help our small businesses, both Hamilton County and the City of Forest Park have established assistance programs to help retail shops, restaurants, entrepreneurs, and small businesses facing unexpected hardships due to COVID-19. Information on the City’s program can be found on our website: www.forestpark.org. Questions about our economic development program can be directed to the Director at email@example.com or (513) 595-5207. More information on the County’s small business relief program can be found at: