The mission of the Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners is "to conserve, manage, sustain, and enhance parks' natural and cultural resources and public greenspace for the enjoyment, enlightenment and enrichment of the Cincinnati community."
The Board of Park Commissioners has regulary scheduled meetings on the third Thursday of every month, starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Park Board Administration Building located at 950 Eden Park Drive. The meeting schedule for 2014 is as follows:
January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, and December 18
Under the Board of Park Commissioners, as appointed by the Mayor, day-to-day operations are under the direction of the Park Director. The Board of Park Commissioners are:
Marian J. Lindberg, President
Otto M. Budig, Jr., Vice President
Robert D.H. Anning
Cathy T. Crain
Merri Gaither Smith
Susan F. Castellini
The Park Board's budget includes funding from the City's General, Capital Improvement and Infrastructure Funds, program and facility fees and charges, a Citywide street tree assessment, investments from private endowments, and Federal, State and private grants.
Park holdings constitute more than 5,000 acres, which amounts to approximately 10 percent of Cincinnati's total land area. These holdings consist of five regional parks, 70 neighborhood parks, 34 natural areas, 30 sites managed by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, five parkways, nine scenic overlooks, 50 miles of hiking and bridle trails and such specialized sites as the Cincinnati Zoo and Pioneer Cemetery. Park Board responsibilities also extend to the management of the City's natural resources, urban forestry and highway greenspaces and gateways.
The Cincinnati Parks Department includes:
Willie F. Carden, Director
The Director's Office works with the Board of Park Commissioners to set and implement policies and work programs of Cincinnati Parks and management of approximately 125 employees.
DIVISION OF OPERATIONS-LAND MANAGEMENT AND URBAN FORESTRY
Gerald Checco, Superintendent
The Division of Operations provides for the maintenance and beautification of parklands, and manages parks' natural resources including meadowlands and management of Park's vehicles and equipment. The Division is also responsible for the planting and maintenance of approximately 1,000 miles of City street trees and management of Interstate highway greenspace within the City in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
DIVISION OF PLANNING AND DESIGN/PROGRAM SERVICES
Steve Schuckman, Superintendent
The Division of Planning and Design/Program Services provides design, planning, engineering, landscape architecture, and graphic design services. The division maintains 130 park structures, plans and designs new and enhanced parks, plans infrastructure and landscape projects, and provides support for special projects. The Division supervises the five nature centers and provides nature education programming.
DIVISION OF BUSINESS SERVICES
Deborah Wyler Allison, Manager
The Division of Business Services coordinates human resources including training, evaluation, and volunteer programs. The Business Services division also manages the Parks' public relations initiatives, produces Parks' special events and concerts, and handles Parks Department customer service and reservations of Parks facilities.
DIVISION OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Marijane Klug, Manager
The Division of Financial Services manages Parks' budget, state and federal grant programs, restricted fund endowments, procurement, telecommunications, and automated systems.
Other important Parks Department offices and their supervisors include:
- General Information/Parks Visitor Center (Krohn Conservatory): (513) 352-4080
- Krohn Conservatory: Andrea Schepmann (513) 352-4080
- Krohn Conservatory Volunteers: (513) 352-4080
- Explore Nature & Nature Camps: Ruthann Spears (513) 321-6070
Park Operations & Maintenance:
- West District Parks: Larry Parker (513) 541-8176
- East District Parks: Jennifer Harten (513) 321-8439
- Central District Parks: Jim Burkhardt (513) 961-1800
- Natural Resources Management: Dave Gamstetter (513) 861-9070
- Urban Forestry: Robin Hunt (513) 861-9070
- Greenspace and Gateways: Dave Boutelle (513) 861-9070
- Land Management/Trails: Jim Godby (513) 861-9070
- Customer Service, Events & Park Advisory Councils: Jackie Binford (513) 352-4079
- Parks Facilities Reservations: (513) 357-2604
- Parks Special Event/Use Permits: Sheila Harris (513) 357-2602
- Cincinnati Parks Foundation: Gretchen Hooker, Development Associate (513) 357-2621
- Corporate Relations: Jackie Binford (513) 352-4079
- Parks Volunteers & Green-up Days: (513) 861-8970
Parks Department General Offices are located at:
950 Eden Park Drive / Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
CINCINNATI PARKS FOUNDATION
The Cincinnati Parks Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose mission is "to build broad-based private/public partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our City's parks and greenspaces." The Parks Foundation is dedicated to augmentation of Parks' heritage of private giving of parklands and endowed funds. The Board of Park Commissioners created the Cincinnati Parks Foundation in order to increase private and philanthropic support of Cincinnati Parks.
See how you can get involved with this all-important Parks support team. The Parks Foundation organizes a variety of fund-raising events (we put the "fun" in fund-raising!) Visit the Foundation Website or call us at (513) 357-2619 for more information.