Cincinnati Parks Announces New Director Kara Kish

Cincinnati Parks Director Kara Kish Portrait

Cincinnati Parks Announces New Director Kara Kish

We are excited to announce that this week, the Cincinnati Park Board approved Kara Kish as the Director of Cincinnati Parks. Kara Kish is a 20+ year veteran of parks and recreation administration, part of which she served as Deputy Director and Interim Director of Cincinnati Parks. She is from Mentor, Ohio and now resides in Downtown Cincinnati.

Following the vote, the Park Board President, Brad Linder, commented, “Kara has earned this. Over the past few months it has become clear just how fortunate we as a Board are to have her experience, talents and her pure passion for parks leading our efforts to operate and improve our system of parks, trails and programs. But the true winners are the Cincinnati residents and all of our parks users who will continue to benefit from her and her team’s efforts every time they visit.”

Ms. Kish works closely with the Board of Park Commissioners to set and implement the policies, operations and programs of Cincinnati Parks. Ms. Kish’s strong leadership skills are demonstrated through her ability to lead 125 employees and collaborate with community leaders and donors to enhance and maintain Cincinnati’s 5,000 acres of public parkland. In her new role, Ms. Kish will focus on partnerships with local, state and federal officials to complete capital projects and improve internal processes. “The opportunity to serve the citizens of Cincinnati as your Park Director is a dream come true. I am honored to work with a dynamic team and a passionate community who strive to create and maintain the best parks system in the country. The City of Cincinnati’s parks system is storied and historic; I look forward to continuing this legacy representing one of the Queen City’s brightest crown jewels,” said Ms. Kish.

Prior to her appointment with Cincinnati Parks, Ms. Kish was Superintendent of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, Indiana. She has earned numerous awards and honors including the Park Design Award for the Griffin Bike Park (Indiana) by the National Recreation and Park Association and the Robert W. Crawford National Young Professional Award, given to one professional annually. Kara is a Past President of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association and the Past Chair of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Great Lakes Regional Network. Ms. Kish was recently named to the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.

Congratulations Kara, we look forward to continuing working with you!