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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.