“I am extremely honored to serve the Cincinnati community as their next Director of Parks, and I am excited to be a part of team of dedicated people providing worldclass parks, experiences and memories,” noted Mr. Walcutt. “I have been aware of Cincinnati’s nationally ranked parks for quite some time, and upon my recent visit to Cincinnati, I was literally taken aback not only by the top-notch professional staff, but by the enthusiastic support of the citizenry and the philanthropic community. This kind of engagement simply does not occur everywhere, and I am honored to have been selected to build upon this extraordinary legacy. My wife Kelli and I-along with our two children Whitney (age 4) and Drew (age 10 months) are very much looking forward to returning to our home state of Ohio.”
Susie Castellini, a member of both the search committee and the Board of Park Commissioners, said that the committee was comprised of community representatives from all walks of life and experience. “Our diverse committee worked with extreme dedication to find a strong and accomplished candidate to recommend to the Board of Park Commissioners-which voted unanimously to engage Mr. Walcutt. In Wade, we have found a highly respected leader with vast parks experience both locally as well as on the national stage. We are thrilled to welcome Wade and his family to Cincinnati—and home to Ohio.”
About Cincinnati Parks: Setting an international standard for stewardship, beauty and efficiency, Cincinnati Parks was recently awarded an ‘excellent’ rating by the Trust for Public Land for leveraging and finding funding sources that allow for conservation and maintenance of its beautiful green spaces. In pursuit of its mission, Cincinnati Parks strives to ensure that everyone enjoys close-to-home access to a park, playground, or natural area. In addition to managing Cincinnati’s Street Tree program on 1,000 miles of city streets, Cincinnati Parks maintains parkways and neighborhood gateways and operates five nature centers, an arboretum and one of the largest public plant conservatories in the country. Its public art collection is the Midwest’s largest.