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It is with the heaviest hearts that we must report the passing of longtime CHS Member LARRY SHAD.    


LARRY passed away on March 22, 2023 surrounded by his family. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time


Cards or Condolences may be mailed or emailed to the Coleraine Historical Society for forwarding to the SHAD FAMILY  


Donations, in “Memory of Larry”, can be sent to:   

Coleraine Historical Society   

P.O. Box 53726   

Cincinnati, OH 45253


CHS will place a Memorial Brick for Larry in our CHS Member Memorial Walkway in Heritage Park on May 20, 2023. 


Larry was a 90 year old Township Treasure. His knowledge of Colerain History was unsurpassed. His History Walk/Tour on the Heritage Park paved walkway was  filled with historical facts, stories and handouts.

No 2 Walks were ever the same!



on Heritage Park

Reprinted from Colerain Township CERKL News

Apr 16th, 2019


One of the biggest sources of pride for the Colerain Township Parks Division is Heritage Park.


The land has historic significance to Colerain Township as it is reported to be the site of Fort Coleraine, the scene of a fierce Indian attack on Colerain settlers in the 1790s. Today, this beautifully serene location offers residents 126 acres to play, exercise or just relax in the middle of a picturesque rural environment that is only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Colerain Avenue. The flat topography of the Park allows for both active sport fields and passive recreational activities coexisting with the greenspace environment of the Great Miami River. Flowing along one mile of the Park property, the Great Miami River is home to an abundance of wildlife species and provides for both water recreational opportunities as well as an easily accessible ramp for the Colerain Township Fire and EMS Department on water rescue emergencies.

In addition to the canoe access ramp, Heritage Park offers 1.2 miles of paved, primarily flat walking trails with additional primitive trails winding through wooded areas of the park. Three NCAA regulation sized baseball fields (grass infields on two) are rented each spring and summer by area baseball and softball organizations. The Park’s picnic shelter can be reserved April 15-October 15 of each year and is located next to the Park’s swings and playground which will keep children occupied for hours on end!


A disc golf course offers a full 18 holes that can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. For the serious disc golf enthusiasts, the course is great for working on accuracy. The openness allows you to observe the flight characteristics of your disc. The holes in the woods offer unique challenges and can help you work on your tight shots. There are several right-hand throws to the basket and if played correctly, the out-of-bounds areas offer good challenges.


And, you can also learn a little something while enjoying this spectacular park! In January 2017, the Creedville Toll House was moved to its permanent home at Heritage Park and after extensive restoration, was opened to the public later that year. Built in 1829, the building served a variety of uses including toll house, post office and general store through the 1800’s. Visit anytime during park hours to learn more!

In 2018, with minimal expense, one of the original 4 baseball fields was repurposed to create a 5-acre dog park for dogs and their owners to enjoy year round. With minimal expense, the fully-fenced in, space offers a double gated entrance, shaded bench seating, trees which will provide shade in the coming years, waste bags to pick up after the dogs, and water access to keep our four legged friends hydrated! Additional landscaping was completed in the spring of 2019 to improve the soil and growing conditions for grass in what had been the former clay infield area.


April 2019 has been a busy month for Heritage Park. Heritage Park has a prescribed, or controlled, burn plan that calls for burning half of the meadows and prairies located in the Park every three years. The first burn for this cycle was conducted in April 2019 and the second half will take place this fall. In Ohio, fire is often used to encourage healthy ecosystems. Fire increases soil nutrients, stimulates vegetation growth, and provides important habitat for wildlife, including shelter and food. Prescribed burns are carefully planned, watched, and tended. Trained fire managers burn selected areas to remove weedy plants that choke out native species and to reduce the leaf litter and woody debris on the forest floor, creating space for native vegetation to return.


Ready to discover this hidden gem?

Visit 11405 East Miami River Road today!



In April 2019, the longtime vision of Mr. Larry Shad, past President of the Coleraine Historical Society and retired surveyor, came to fruition with the installation of a flood pole marking how high the water levels got in two of our biggest floods in modern history – 1913 and 1959. Once labeled on the old barn of Wilhelm Farm before the Township purchased the property to develop into a park, Mr. Shad surveyed the markings and has been working for years to secure the donations to install this historical marker. An informational sign will be installed next to the pole in the coming months.

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