In June 2021, the City of Troy, the Miami County Park District, The Duke Foundation and the Robinson Fund announced the creation of the Robinson Reserve at Duke Park, including 32 acres of natural prairie, 8 acres of new trees, and a 1.5 mile walking path area along the Great Miami River.
In July 2021, the Robinson Fund announced the establishment of a nearly $1 million endowment fund at The Troy Foundation to be used in maintaining and improving the Reserve. “The intent of this Fund is to ensure that the Robinson Reserve is always maintained and improved to high standards,” stated Robinson Fund Executive Director, Ted Mercer. “This endowment highlights the philanthropic support Mr. and Mrs. Robinson have given to the Troy community,” he continued.
In addition to Director Mercer, also named to the advisory board are Troy Park Board member Susan Westfall, Troy City Director, Patrick Titterington, Troy Park Superintendent Jeremy Drake, and Duke Foundation President, Rayce Robinson. The advisory board will make recommendations annually to the Troy Park Board and City Council on operating and capital needs at the Reserve.
Rayce Robinson, grandson of Pat and Thom, was honored to be named to the advisory board, stating: “The Robinson Reserve is another example of the unwavering love and dedication my grandparents have had for the Troy community. This endowment will ensure that the people of Troy and Miami County will be able to enjoy this natural setting for many years to come.”
The Robinson Reserve was developed by the Park Department in early 2022, with final signage installed this past summer. For more information, visit https://www.troyohio.gov/825/Robinson-Reserve.