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 regularly scheduled meetings on the third Thursday of every month, starting at 9:15am at the Park Board Administration Building at 950 Eden Park Drive. The meeting is every third Thursday of each month.
The Board of Park Commissioners, appointed by the Cincinnati Mayor, has the control and management of the parks and parkways of the city, and the day-to-day operations are under management of the Park Director.
The Board of Park Commissioners are:
Otto M. Budig, Jr., President
Merri Gaither Smith, Vice President
Robert D.H. Anning
Susan F. Castellini
Dianne M. Rosenberg
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 includes:
950 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Willie F. Carden, Jr., 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
The Division of Operations provides 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
The Division of Planning and Design/Program Services provides design, planning, engineering and landscape architecture. 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
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, graphic design services, produces Parks’ special events and concerts, and handles Parks Department customer service and reservations of Parks facilities.
DIVISION OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
The Division of Financial Services manages Parks’ budget, state and federal grant programs, restricted fund endowments, procurement, telecommunications, and automated systems.
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 513-861-0023 for more information.