12 Projects of Christmas Day 12: Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella Deck

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Great Parks of Hamilton County, established in 1930, contains twenty-one parks and conservation areas throughout Hamilton County Ohio, including Lake Isabella. Great Parks’ mission is to preserve and protect natural resources and provide outdoor recreation and education to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.


Lake Isabella is a 28-acre lake that offers many activities including fishing, boat rentals, a full-service boathouse and public picnic areas. This bustling area, located in Symmes Township, Ohio receives hundreds of visitors annually, especially to its boathouse, which houses a snack bar, bait and tackle shop, rentable meeting room and rentals for fishing boats and the park’s primitive campground.

Originally constructed using treated lumber, the deck and floating dock at the boathouse were starting to break down from heavy pedestrian use and from occasionally being submerged by floodwaters. Great Parks was seeking a durable, long-term replacement for the deteriorating decking.


Structural recycled plastic lumber was the right material for this project. Not only did this product meet the structural load-bearing requirements, it also wouldn’t rot, mold or decay when subjected to natural elements. FiberForce® by Bedford Technology has fiberglass strand manufactured throughout the board for extra strength and rigidity. It also doesn’t contain wood filler that can rot and decay over time.


The deck and floating dock project is still underway and will be completed later in 2019. The structural recycled plastic lumber will last for generations to come, adds a natural aesthetic that is consistent throughout Lake Isabella, and is a great alternative to wood for wet environments. Bedford Technology recycled plastic lumber will also be used for future projects at Great Parks including a Wildflower Overlook at Winton Woods on the north side of Cincinnati, Ohio.