Mason Sets Stage for Olympic Dreams

City dedicates space to 50 meter aquatic center as 11 Mason Manta Rays achieve Olympic trial cuts.

October 1, 2019 – The City of Mason announced today it will set aside space for a state-of-the-art aquatic center that will be a gamechanger for competitive swimming across southwestern Ohio.   A Matter of 50 fundraising committee will work to close the public funding gap by raising $5 million in private funding.

“When we established the Mason Manta Rays 15 years ago, we had no idea how successful this program would become,” said Chrissy Avery, Parks and Recreation Director with the City of Mason. “We’ve grown to more than 300 swimmers and have a wait list of 150. We will create a 50-meter aquatic center. This is a huge deal for everyone interested in competitive swimming and aquatic sports.”

The Mason Manta Rays are a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club, ranked in the top 1% of 3,000 USA Swimming teams and is the highest rated team in the country without a 50-meter pool.  Manta Rays have competed in every Olympic Trial since 2008, and so far 11 Manta Rays will compete in the Olympic Trials for the 2020 Games. Mason Manta Rays Swim Coach Ken Heis said training in a 50-meter pool is what the world’s best swimmers do and he appreciates that the City of Mason is giving the Manta Rays that competitive advantage.

“We’ve sent 100 swimmers to 50 different universities on scholarship and five swimmers have represented the United States internationally,” said Heis, who coached the USA National Team.  “We are excited the City and A Matter of 50 Meters wants to create an environment where even more swimmers have the opportunity to achieve Olympic dreams.”

The new Mason Municipal Aquatic Center will be versatile and designed for swimmers of all ages and abilities, providing a foundation for an even stronger competitive program. This year-round facility will feature a 10-lane, Olympic-sized venue and can be reconfigured for a 20-lane, short-course venue. Two full competition pools with warm-up areas are possible. The aquatic center will open up opportunities for programs like Masters’ swimming and Triathlon training as well as Special Olympics and Paralympics events.

A Matter of 50 Meters Chair Kathy Fish said, “The new aquatic center will have an economic impact across the region as we attract large, revenue-producing events. This will make a difference for swimmers and be a true asset for the Southwestern Ohio swimming community.”

Learn how you can contribute to a Matter of 50 Meters by visiting www.amatterof50meters.org

For more information regarding the Mason Aquatic Center please visit www.imaginemason.org

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This press release was shared by local organization and partner of the City of Mason, A Matter of 50 Meters.

Makino Gift Brings Common Ground Playground into Reality

On Monday night, Mason City Council planned a special event during its regular meeting to celebrate a Makino announcement of a $500,000 gift towards the completion of, what Mason residents often refer to as the Common Ground playground, a vision of the City and Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation for nearly a decade. Mason City Council honored Makino’s spirit of generosity and mutual commitment to serve the community by taking action to designate the 34 acres of land off of Reading Road as Makino Park, an inclusive recreational space, which will be anchored by the Common Ground playground.

Mason is home to the North American headquarters for Makino with Makino’s two billion dollar parent company located in Tokyo, Japan.

The Common Ground playground has received generous support from both corporate and individual donors, including recent contributions from TriHealth, the Scheeler family and Deerfield Township, along with over half a million dollars in private individual donations, special fundraising activities and the City of Mason’s matching program. The establishment of Makino Park and the completion of Common Ground playground are hoped to generate excitement and attract many more inclusive recreational features at the park.

“We have always fostered a culture of giving within our organization, encouraging our employees to contribute to impactful local causes,” said Don Lane, President and CEO of Makino Inc. “Giving back to the City of Mason in this enduring way that will benefit residents of all abilities for years to come felt like a fitting tribute to our partnership and success here.”

“We are so honored by this incredible gesture of friendship and collaboration,” said City of Mason Mayor Victor Kidd. “At the core of Mason’s economic development activity is recruiting and retaining business partners whose missions align with the City’s commitment to a culture of wellness and vision for providing quality services and amenities. Makino’s gift will have a lasting impact that completes a seven-year journey and a long-term vision for the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation, leaving a legacy for generations.”

Common Ground Playground at Makino Park was designed in consultation with local parents of children with disabilities, a leading inclusive playground manufacturer, therapists and other professionals who work with children and adults with special needs. The playground’s educational, interactive environment is unlike any other in the region and goes far beyond requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act to bring new social engagement and sensory opportunities for children, veterans and seniors. It’s an all-inclusive place where families can come together and enjoy a place to have fun.

For over seven years, Rachel Kopfler, President of the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation has championed advocates and fundraising efforts for the playground. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to see this dream finally become reality. As a mother of five children, including a son with special needs, I really saw the need for an inclusive park first-hand,” Rachel explained.  “My son is a triplet, and he excelled in his development despite a spinal cord defect, because his siblings always pushed him to the next level. It occurred to me that other special needs children without siblings may benefit from a park like this with specialized equipment.”

“The Makino Park sends an important message to our community about inclusive opportunities,” noted Vice Mayor Barbara Berry-Spaeth. “The Mason Community Center is at the heart of the City’s commitment to providing a high quality of life for our residents. Makino Park will be an extension of that commitment, providing more unique and healthy programming opportunities for everyone. We applaud Rachel’s dedication and devotion, Makino’s support of our shared vision and the generous spirit that exists throughout our community in moving this project forward.”

To view concept images of the new park visit www.imaginemason.org.

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About Makino

A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino is committed to providing high-performance, leading-edge machining technologies and innovative engineered process solutions that enable manufacturers to focus on making what matters. Makino offers a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and sinker EDMs.

Makino’s flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. Makino’s engineering services offers industry-leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information visit www.makino.com.

About City of Mason

Mason, Ohio, is the largest city in Warren County and an established hub for bioscience and innovation, which includes a business portfolio of leading advanced manufacturing, healthcare and technology companies. Mason is nationally recognized for its low cost of living, award-winning schools and its intentional culture of wellness. For more information about the City of Mason, visit www.imaginemason.org.

 

City of Mason Announces Bands Set to Perform at 2019 Red, Rhythm & Boom on July 3!

The City of Mason is excited to announce that 2019 Red Rhythm and Boom (RRB) will feature grammy-nominated band, Daughtry with an opening performance by Echosmith!

Daughtry is an American Rock band formed and fronted by namesake Chris Daughtry, who was a finalist on American Idol. Their self-titled album was released in 2006 and reached #1 on the Billboard 200. Daughtry’s popular hits such as “It’s Not Over” and “I’m Going Home” are sure to keep the crowd rocking throughout the evening on July 3! The City of Mason is also excited to announce that 2019 Red, Rhythm & Boom will kick off with an opening performance at 6 p.m. by alt-pop band Echosmith!  Daughtry will take the stage shortly after at 8:30 p.m.

2019 marks the 100th anniversary for the establishment of the American Legion. The RRB event will provide an opportunity to thank the local American Legion Post 194 for their ongoing contribution to local veterans and the Mason Community at large. The City will be partnering with American Legion Post 194 to offer additional military activities and attractions at the event and pay tribute to our local military and veterans. In honor of  our Nation’s active military and veterans, the City and American Legion are working together to create a video tribute of Mason’s local military and veterans to showcase at the RRB event.  The City encourages all active military and veterans from the Mason community to submit a short video clip following the brief guidelines that can be found on the City’s website at www.imaginemason.org.

Veterans and active military who participate in the tribute video will receive 4 free Kids Zone wristbands that can be used throughout the entire event in appreciation for their participation as well as their service! We encourage local veterans and active military from the Mason community to get involved by contacting redrhythmboom@masonoh.org.

This FREE patriotic event is taking place on Wednesday, July 3 at Mason Municipal Center and Community Center campus. The fun will begin at 4 p.m. featuring kids activities and attractions such as interactive inflatables, bounce houses, carnival games and more! Guests can also enjoy a wide variety of food options as well as adult beverages available throughout the evening.

Stay tuned for more information and exciting updates on 2019 Red, Rhythm and Boom! For more information regarding the free event, please visit the City of Mason’s website at www.imaginemason.org or call 513.229.8500. We hope to see you there!

TRIHEALTH DONATES TO MASON’S ALL-INCLUSIVE COMMON GROUND PLAYGROUND

On January 28, Mason City Council and TriHealth executives announced TriHealth’s significant contribution toward achieving the goal of building Common Ground Playground in Mason, Ohio. TriHealth’s support of this initiative will have a substantial impact on Mason’s journey to complete Common Ground Playground, a future destination where children and adults of all levels of capabilities can interact and play together and the City’s mission for Building a Culture of Wellness.

Set on 33 acres of land off of Reading Road in Mason, Common Ground playground will be an invaluable asset to the region as it eliminates boundaries for children and adults with disabilities and encourages interaction and inclusivity with typical peers. The park’s serene setting will encompass unique sensory and play equipment in a safe and enclosed environment; encourage social interaction and challenges physical, social, emotional and cognitive development through exploratory and interactive play.

The City of Mason has a successfully history of partnering with TriHealth to enhance health and wellness opportunities in the community.  In 2008, the City of Mason united with TriHealth, one of the leading healthcare providers in the Cincinnati region, to advance the City’s mission of building a culture of wellness in the community. This was accomplished through a significant expansion of the Mason Community Center to offer medical and physical therapy services inside the Center. Since that time, the City and TriHealth have collaborated on various programming initiatives that promote health and wellness to the Center’s members as well as the Mason community. Based off of the continued success of the partnership, TriHealth will be expanding its medical practice services inside the Center to include approximately 10,000 of additional space in order to better serve its clientele in Mason and the Cincinnati region.

With TriHealth’s contribution, Common Ground playground will complement the community’s repertoire of amenities that promote Mason’s values of health, wellness and inclusivity. The project officially broke ground earlier this month and with continual aggressive fundraising efforts, the City of Mason and the Parks and Recreation Foundation are hopeful to complete the project by Spring 2020.

For more information regarding Common Ground Playground, please visit www.masonparksfoundation.org.

Community Wellness Expo at Mason Community Center

Discover exciting new ways to get and stay healthy at the annual Community Wellness Expo on Saturday, January 26 at Mason Community Center! This event is free and open to the public. Participants at the Expo will have the opportunity to explore over 25 health and wellness exhibitors from 9 a.m. to noon.

Come browse the different vendor booths for a variety of health tips and wellness information! Featured vendors at this year’s Wellness Expo include TriHealth medical services, senior care, chiropractors, fitness and recreation services, swim safety, natural health products, and more! Come receive a variety of health and wellness information in one convenient location at Mason Community Center!

Members at the Mason Community Center can also enjoy six new LesMills group exercise fitness launches including BODYPUMP, GRIT, CXWORX, TONE, SH’BAM, and BODYFLOW on January 26. Take a break in between group exercise launches to check out all of the exciting vendors at the Wellness Expo!

If you’re a health and wellness business or organization that would like to participate in the event as a vendor, please contact Dan Chambers at dchambers@masonoh.org or 513-229-8555.

We hope to see you there!

 

New Resident Coffee in Mason

NEW RESIDENT COFFEE IN MASON

Residents who recently moved into the City of Mason or the Mason City School District are invited to meet other new residents and learn more about the area during the Community Center’s New Resident Coffee. The coffee is being hosted by Community Basket representative Carrie Monley and is sponsored by the City of Mason and the Mason Deerfield Chamber.

New Resident Coffee will be held at the Mason Community Center on Wednesday, January 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Mason Community Center is located at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road.  Refreshments will be provided by Meet Me on Main Café and tours of the Community Center will be included. Those in attendance will also receive a one-day family pass to the Community Center. Children are invited to participate in Kids Korner “free” while parents learn more about the City of Mason.

New resident coffees are held on the first Wednesday of each month. The next New Resident Coffee will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

New Resident Coffee in Mason

Residents who recently moved into the City of Mason or the Mason City School District are invited to meet other new residents and learn more about the area during the Community Center’s New Resident Coffee. The coffee is being hosted by Community Basket representative Carrie Monley and is sponsored by the City of Mason and the Mason Deerfield Chamber.

New Resident Coffee will be held at the Mason Community Center on Wednesday, December 5 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Mason Community Center is located at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road.  Refreshments will be provided by Meet Me on Main Café and tours of the Community Center will be included. Those in attendance will also receive a one-day family pass to the Community Center. Children are invited to participate in Kids Korner “free” while parents learn more about the City of Mason.

New resident coffees are held on the first Wednesday of each month. The next New Resident Coffee will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

 

New Resident Coffee in Mason

Residents who recently moved into the City of Mason or the Mason City School District are invited to meet other new residents and learn more about the area during the Community Center’s New Resident Coffee. The coffee is being hosted by Community Basket representative Carrie Monley and is sponsored by the City of Mason and the Mason Deerfield Chamber.

New Resident Coffee will be held at the Mason Community Center on Wednesday, November 7 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Mason Community Center is located at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road.  Refreshments will be provided by Meet Me on Main Café and tours of the Community Center will be included. Those in attendance will also receive a one-day family pass to the Community Center. Children are invited to participate in Kids Korner “free” while parents learn more about the City of Mason.

New resident coffees are held on the first Wednesday of each month. The next New Resident Coffee will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Promote Your Holiday Event With the Christmas in Mason Calendar

If you are planning a Holiday event or activity throughout the month of December, don’t miss out on the opportunity to be included in the City’s 2018 Christmas in Mason Calendar! Local businesses and organizations can promote their Holiday event in the City’s Christmas in Mason Calendar which will be distributed at the City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 7 as well as promoted on the City’s website and at the Mason Community Center.

 Please see the below guidelines for submissions:

  • Event or activity open for the public to enjoy
  • Takes place within City of Mason limits
  • Holiday or Winter theme

If you’d like to have your event or activity included in the Christmas in Mason Calendar please contact the City of Mason by Wednesday, November 21 by phone at 513-229-8500 or email at pio@masonoh.org.

New Resident Coffee in Mason

Residents who recently moved into the City of Mason or the Mason City School District are invited to meet other new residents and learn more about the area during the Community Center’s New Resident Coffee. The coffee is being hosted by Community Basket representative Carrie Monley and is sponsored by the City of Mason and the Mason Deerfield Chamber.

New Resident Coffee will be held at the Mason Community Center on Wednesday, October 3 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Mason Community Center is located at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road.  Refreshments will be provided by Meet Me on Main Café and tours of the Community Center will be included. Those in attendance will also receive a one-day family pass to the Community Center. Children are invited to participate in Kids Korner “free” while parents learn more about the City of Mason.

New resident coffees are held on the first Wednesday of each month. The next New Resident Coffee will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.