Among rolling hills and unspoiled woodland lies Anderson Township, bounded by the Little Miami and Ohio River which helped shape its character. The community was founded in 1793 with its first settlement near the mouth of the Little Miami River. In the early 1800s, pioneers were scattered into settlements along the Little Miami and as time passed people lived up on the hill near Mt. Washington. Growth occurred with farming outposts at Forestville, Sweetwine, Fruit Hill and Cherry Grove. The township developed with suburbanization after World War II. With the completion of the Beechmont Levee, I-275 and I-471, residents could easily reach the various parts of Cincinnati and the area grew. Anderson Township now has the fourth highest population in Hamilton County with 45,000 residents.
While retaining much of the flavor of its recent rural past, Anderson is today one of Greater Cincinnati’s fastest growing areas. The township offers excellent housing opportunities and value. New homes can be found in a variety of styles, settings, and prices, from the moderately priced to luxury estates. Many of the area’s most prestigious builders have been attracted to Anderson Township, recognizing the uniqueness of its numerous attributes. Convenient to downtown Cincinnati and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Anderson appeals to newcomers and long-time residents alike, not only for its location but its many shopping facilities, and above all, the variety and quality of its neighborhoods. For these and many other reasons, Anderson Township’s popularity and vitality appear assured far into the future.
The Circle Freeway (I-275) affords access to Interstates 71, 75 and 74 and to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 20 minutes. Also I-471 is readily accessible to downtown Cincinnati in 15 minutes. The Beechmont Levee connects many commuters to the city via Columbia Parkway. Lunken Municipal Airport is located at the end of this levee. State Highway 32 serves the northern portion of the township and becomes the Appalachian Highway in Clermont County. State Highway 125 (Beechmont Avenue) bisects the township and serves as a major road for the community. US 52 (Kellogg Avenue) is a national highway that follows along the Ohio River. Queen City Metro bus service has two routes to downtown plus the “Sun Run,” providing 25-minute express service. Several marinas are located within five miles of the township.
Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital is located in the heart of the area on Five Mile Road. The 96-bed acute care unit serves the community with 24-hour Emergency Service, extensive outpatient services, Diagnostic and Rehabilitative Treatments and a variety of surgical and medical procedures. The Five Mile and Beechmont Avenue area also has offices for general and specialty doctors including facilities for The Christ Hospital and TriHealth. Children’s Hospital Anderson is located in the township. There are several other fine Cincinnati hospitals within a 25-minute drive. Anderson residents are serviced by their own paramedic and emergency professionals.
Anderson Towne Center boasts having one of the largest Kroger stores in the nation, as well as many 25+ retail specialty shops and restaurants. Macy’s is an anchor store. Additionally, there are numerous strip centers. Eastgate Mall and Jungle Jim’s are approximately 10 minutes away. Along Beechmont Avenue, there many local and national brand stores and restaurants. Residents also enjoy supporting neighborhood businesses along Salem Road and Clough Pike.
Year-round activities are available at the Lyons YMCA on Clough Pike and an adult education program provides many courses for hobbyists. There are 5 public and 2 private membership country club golf courses. Three private swim clubs have tennis courts. Public courts and a private indoor tennis club are located at Lunken Playfield.
Sunlite Pool, the nation’s largest filtered pool, is public and offers season memberships. The Riverbend Music Center is an outdoor amphitheater that offers concerts during the warmer months and is located 10 minutes away. Marinas on the Ohio River are a 10-minute drive.
The Anderson Center is a gathering place for residents to enjoy theater (including the Beechmonth Players) and musical performances as well as other community events.
Residents enjoy Party on the Plaza, an outdoor concert series during warmer months. The community celebrates July 4th with an annual Independence Day parade. Greeater Anderson Days occurs each July and attendees enjoy this festival’s rides and fireworks. There is also a yearly Jack O’Lantern Walk in late October and tree-lighting ceremony in December.
School sports are supplemented with an excellent league system providing boys and girls with baseball, basketball, soccer and football.
Anderson loves its green spaces! The Anderson Park District oversees more than 500 park acres. The 23-acre Nagle Road Park has soccer and baseball fields, jogging trails, and recreational facilities for senior citizens as well as tots. Woodland Mound Park, with over 1500 acres, offers a golf course, horse back riding and picnic facilities, is only five minutes away. Veteran’s Park has 12 acres and features a playground designed with the physically challenged child in mind. This park has a shelter, quarter-mile jogging trail that encircles the perimeter of the park as well as a baseball diamond, soccer fields and basketball court. Riverside Park has 46 acres with 6 ball diamonds, two turf fields, hiking trail and playground. Laverty Park has a wooded area, hiker/biker trail, playground and small basketball court and small ball diamond within its nine acres. Kellogg Park has almost 22 acres and has a playground, soccer fields, picnic shelter as well as dog field. Johnson Hills Park has 139 acres with rolling hills and woods. Clear Creek Park has 127 acres near the Little Miami River and office 23 sports fields and a pavilion. The park also has six pickleball courts. Beech Acres Park has a children’s playground, water play area, shelters, amphitheater, athletic fields, volleyball and basketball courts, skatepark as well as a hike/bike trail. This park also hosts summer concerts, A Fair of the Arts and Greater Anderson Days. Juilfs Park has 26 acres. There is a playground (with a tricycle track and pretend gas pumps) as well as a hike/bike trail around the perimeter of this park. Two sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, three ball diamonds, soccer fields, three tennis courts as well as picnic tables and two shelters are also found in the park.