Cincinnati Parks

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The pomp and circumstance is missing from Memorial Day 2020. Gone - for now - are the color guards, parades and community gatherings to honor and remember the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

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If you visit an outdoor pool operated by the city of Cincinnati this summer, you'll need to schedule a reservation before arriving.

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Moving up three spots from last year, Cincinnati's parks rank fifth among the nation's largest 100 cities by the Trust for Public Land.

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Updated May 7, 2020 at 10 a.m.

The Cincinnati Park Board approved a proposal to indefinitely close the driveway running through the Twin Lakes overlook area of Eden Park. The decision came Thursday, May 7.

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The acting Cincinnati Parks director now has the job full-time. Park Board Commissioners named Kara Kish as the permanent director at a meeting Thursday morning. Kish has been interim director since October, when Wade Walcutt announced his resignation. Kish will oversee 125 employees who maintain 5,000 acres of public park space.

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A field in Eden Park below Mirror Lake will get a facelift starting in the spring. What was once a water reservoir will be renovated to include picnic areas, a children's play area, a wetland and a walking loop that will wind throughout the park.

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Updated: 5:00 p.m.

The Cincinnati Park Board met Tuesday afternoon and accepted the resignation of Parks Director Wade Walcutt after a little more than two years on the job.  The Board also approved a severance package for him.

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Cincinnati Parks is giving away free trees. The Park Board's Urban Forestry division runs the annual ReLeaf program as an effort to bring residential neighborhoods up to 40% tree canopy coverage.

What's Happening This Summer In Cincinnati Parks

Apr 26, 2019

Cincinnati Parks is planning for a busy summer of events, concerts, family fun, and more at the 100+ properties in the system. 

The Vital Role Urban Forests Play In Our Lives

Jan 9, 2019
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In late 2015, Cincinnati Parks starred in the documentary Trees in Trouble. The film describes the threat posed to forests by insects and highlights the Parks' efforts to respond to the Emerald Ash Borer crisis. It also explores the history of urban forestry in the U.S. and Cincinnati’s unique leadership dating back to its hosting of the United States' first Urban Forestry Congress in 1882.

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The Showboat Majestic has a long history of entertaining people along the Ohio River. The floating theater now sits along Cincinnati's riverfront, but it might not be at the Public Landing for long. Cincinnati Parks Department is trying to sell the local landmark.

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Updated: 1:39 p.m.

A controversial proposal to let the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) place a building inside Burnet Woods has been voted down 3-2 by the Cincinnati Parks Board. 

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After several years of planning, a statue honoring Cincinnati boxing legend Ezzard Charles is finally about to become reality.

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Cincinnati Parks have 10 top 10 rankings in a survey released Wednesday by the Trust for Public Land.

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A group of campers and artists want to make neighbors with the wildlife in one of Cincinnati's oldest parks. Two proposals would change part of the 90-acres inside Clifton's Burnet Woods.

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The Trust for Public Land released its annual ParkScore Index Wednesday, which ranks city parks across the nation based on such factors as access, acreage, investment and amenties. 

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Cincinnati, the city's Park Board and the Parks Foundation have reached an agreement on who controls and accounts for endowment money used for park projects.

The Park Board will hold a special meeting Monday morning to consider the memorandum of understanding.

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March 23 is National Puppy Day, and that means someone somewhere has released a survey in honor of the nation's furry friends.

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Lawyers involved say they're very close to reaching a "memorandum of understanding" (MOU) between the city of Cincinnati and the park board on how funds in park endowment accounts are spent and accounted for.

A city attorney and lawyers representing some city park board members provided an update during a park board meeting Thursday.

One of Cincinnati's most beloved holiday traditions is now open. The Krohn Conservatory (located in Eden Park) is presenting its holiday show, Cincinnati Choo Choo, through January. 

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