16 May How Can I Give Back to the Parks That Give So Much to Me?
Cincinnati Parks provide an essential service to our community, and this became crystal clear during the pandemic. According to a May 2020 survey by the National Recreation and Parks Association, 83% of adults polled said their local parks were “essential” for their well-being! After a year of turning to your Parks to replace the gym, provide an escape from WFH offices, or to offer a place to seek sanity in the chaos, you may be asking yourself: “How can I give back to the Parks that gave so much to me?”
Luckily, we have the Cincinnati Parks Foundation (CPF) to be our primary philanthropic partner and offer park advocates like YOU a way to help. Did you know? Since 1995, CPF has directed over $100MM in support to Cincinnati Parks.
Park advocates have helped CPF to activate neighborhood parks with award-winning programs, support the planting of thousands of trees, assist in the removal of invasive species, fund capital projects, and much more. This summer you can see their efforts from last year bear fruit, as we come together for ribbon cuttings on several Parks projects:
- The First Phase of the Smale Expansion at Lot 23 will bring a two-acre, multi-level extension to Cincinnati’s iconic riverfront park. It includes a seasonal stage, performance lawn, and scenic overlook to host the kinds of celebrations we all look forward to.
- Tom Jones Commons in Eden Park will develop the lower reservoir on Martin Drive. It will feature a new paved accessible loop, a wetland and boardwalk, and a new playscape.
- The PNC Grow Up Great Playground in Inwood Park will replace 20-year-old play equipment. The new playground features musical instruments, climbing structures, ADA accessible swings, and a zipline—a first for Cincinnati Parks.
- The Ezzard Charles statue will revitalize Laurel Park in the West End. More than a statue, this project includes the addition of new benches and trees, wayfinding signage, goVibrant walking paths, free public WiFi, and an accessible plaza for all to enjoy.
Cincinnati Parks is proud to regularly reach the top of nationwide rankings year after year. In 2020, Cincinnati Parks were ranked the 5th best urban park system in the nation by the Trust for Public Land. One aspect of our consistently good ranking comes from the support of our partners at the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. You can learn more about their work at: cincinnatiparksfoundation.org/donate
Photo credit: Carrie Schwarbs (@carrieschwarbs)