Erlanger is third-largest city in Kenton County with a population of 18,000+ residents. The area was settled around 1807 with a log cabin. The community grew through time and was originally called Timberlake, then Greenwood and Silver Lake. The city was finally named after the Parisian family bank of Emile d’Erlanger that helped finance the town’s development.
Erlanger is called “The Friendship City” and as one of the older communities in the area, it is predominately a residential area with many old family businesses and new enterprises lining the two major highways running through the city. Older homes of all sizes and styles can be found in this community. Also, new development is still available offering a variety of home styles.
Erlanger is situated in the middle of the Northern Kentucky area bordering on I-75 and I-275. T.A.N.K. buses serve Erlanger at about 20-minute intervals. Donaldson Road leads off Dixie Highway to the I-75 interchange. Driving time to Cincinnati is about 15 minutes. The Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport is is located in Hebron, Kentucky and is a short drive away.
St. Elizabeth West is on Turfway Road in Florence. St. Elizabeth South is on Dudley Road in Edgewood. Hospitals are 10 minutes from Erlanger. There is also an Erlanger Rescue Squad available through the Erlanger Police. Children's Hospital is located in Cincinnati.
There are several shopping centers in the area including Crestview Hills Town Center in neighboring Edgewood, which offers more than a dozen restaurants and 50+ retailers. The spacious Florence Mall, with two-level shopping, offers approximately 125 stores. Restaurants are only a few minutes away.
Activities for youths include little league baseball, knothole baseball, and pee wee football. Roller skating and bowling establishments are in the area. Other activities convenient to the area are golf, tennis, and dancing. The public library is on Dixie Highway. The Silver Lake Recreation Center offers fitness and exercise equipment, gymnastics, youth programs, senior programs and an aquatic center.
There are 12 parks in Erlanger: "Center Street and Locust Parks" are across the street from each other and offer a basketball courts and play areas. The "Railroad Depot Park" is the home of the Erlanger Historical Society and the Depot Museum. Also find a play areas, grass field and a picnic shelter there. "Flagship Park" has a climbing wall volleyball court, play areas, unpaved walking trails, grassy areas, picnic shelter and a fishing pond. "Stetter Park" has a basketball court, swings and a grassy field. "Locust Street and Mistry Creek Park" both feature a basketball court and swings. "Rainbow Park" offers a basketball court, picnic area, practice soccer field,and a climbing center. "Sherbourne Park" has a climbing area and swings. "Silver Lake Park" has two basketball courts, play areas, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, soccer and baseball fields, picnic areas and is located near the Silverlake Rec Center. "Spring Valley Park" has a walking/bike path, baseball and soccer field, play area and is near the Nature Park. "Maywood Park" features a basketball court. "The Glades of Erlanger Park" is a nature trail park.Erlanger hosts quite a few community events throughout the year including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Heritage Day, Halloween and Christmas. There are also many events throughout the warmer months including concerts.