Founded in 1871, Madeira was named for John Madeira who owned a large tract of land in the vicinity. Today, Madeira is known as one of the top communities in the Greater Cincinnati Area and the #3 suburb in the country. The rankings are based on the excellent public school system, low crime rate, affordable housing, high per capita income, and short commute time to downtown Cincinnati. Madeira was also selected by Ohio Magazine as one of the State’s Best Hometowns for 2014-2015. . It is located 12 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati with convenient access to I-71 giving it an ideal location for those who frequent the downtown Cincinnati area. Madeira is home to three parks: Sellman Park, McDonald Commons Park, and the Nelle V. Hosbrook Bird Sanctuary. Sellman Park is a 10 acre facility which is located directly behind the Madeira Middle School. Between the school and the city property, it includes one baseball diamond, one soccer field, two lit tennis courts, playground equipment, a picnic shelter, basketball courts, picnic grove, concession stand, and a sand volleyball court. McDonald Commons Parks, located off Dawson Road just next to the City garage, is a 17 acre facility which includes three baseball fields, three soccer fields, two tennis courts, playground equipment, a picnic shelter, a concession stand, batting cage, and wooded areas. The Nelle V. Hosbrook Bird Sanctuary is a 2 acre wooded area along Miami Avenue which has a short trail and picnic benches. There are several activities that the City of Madeira and the parks and recreation board sponsors every year. In the spring, thousands of colored eggs are scattered on the Madeira High School Field for the children to find at the Easter Egg Scramble. In May, the city and its residents honor our veterans at the annual Memorial Day March. This event begins at the Madeira Middle School with a solemn walk down Miami Avenue to Dawson Road at McDonald Commons where it ends with a brief ceremony on the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza.