25 May Park Board Hosts Burnet Woods Community Conversation
Cincinnati’s public parks help build better lives and a better community. As park champions we recognize these natural resources and the life they sustain, must be protected and managed for current and future generations. Additionally, the uses must be balanced and aligned with the needs and desires of the community and the Park Board. In this regard, the Park Board is seeking feedback about the potential uses of, and improvements to, Burnet Woods.
To kick off this effort, the Park Board hosted a community conversation at the Clifton Recreation Center the evening of May 23rd, at which presentations from two different organizations; the Camping & Education Foundation and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center were shared. Goals of the community conversation were fourfold:
1) Community engagement – Establish clear and open dialogue from the start.
2) Share information – Distribute information about the potential opportunities to connect more people to parks. Provide details about potential partners, their missions, visions, and alignment with parks.
3) Listen – Create an environment where all views/ ideas/comments are welcome and voices are heard.
4) Learn – Collect perspectives, recognize/plan for potential impacts, and use the input to drive decision making.
Thankfully over 160 engaged community members participated in the conversation representing a clear expression of the community interest and passion for the park. We continue to receive feedback from various sources and welcome any additional feedback as we continue through this process. Both potential projects are just conceptual at this point and will not proceed without further deliberation and community input prior to any action by the Board of Park Commissioners.
In addition, a meeting was held at Corryville Recreation Center on August 13th, at which speakers presented and community feedback was gathered during a break out session. Approximately 175 people were in attendance. The agenda included the Burnet Woods 2007 Master Plan, a presentation from Preserve Burnet Woods, recaps from the Camping & Education and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. After the presentations, the following break out exercises were conducted to gather the communities feedback. Copies of the comments cards are included below:
Camping & Educations Foundation
The Park Board has been working with the Camping & Education Foundation on joint nature education programs over the last 2 years and has been in discussions about collaborating on an Urban Wilderness Center, with much work still to be done to define what this center might be and how it could work. Click here to view the presentation.
Clifton Cultural Art Center
The concept of developing a home in Burnet Woods for the Clifton Cultural Art Center is a new idea that has been proposed to Parks. This presentation may be accessed here.
Preserve Burnet Woods
The goal of the Preserve Burnet Woods group is to sustain the natural environment in Burnet Woods through volunteerism and activity related to litter clean-up and education, invasive species removal, safety perception and opportunity for enhancement. Click here to view the presentation.
Community Feedback Summary
– Burnet Woods Community Conversation – May 23, 2018
– Board of Park Commissioners Meeting June 28, 2018
– Burnet Woods – August 13 – Feedback Station
– Burnet Woods – August 13 – Survey Results
– Burnet Woods – August 13 – Post-it Notes