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The Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks Makes an Impact

women's committee garden

The Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks Makes an Impact

The Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks are among Parks’ fiercest advocates. Inspired by the women who banded together to resurrect New York City’s Central Park in the 1980’s, Co-Founders Helen Heekin and Debbie Oliver formed the Women’s Committee in 2006. They successfully raised private dollars to develop The John G. and Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park. This initial mission transformed Cincinnati’s riverfront from a neglected industrial lot to the award-winning kaleidoscopic garden that it is today. In fact, Smale Riverfront Park was named the 5th Best Riverwalk in the US by USAToday this year!

In 2007, the Founding Membership campaign raised $300,000 in three months, with more than 300 women joining the cause. As testament to their generosity, these women are recognized within The Women’s Committee Garden at Smale Riverfront Park. You can find this garden between the Labyrinth and Roebling Bridge.

Over the years, membership grew, and with it the Committee’s impact. Today the Women’s Committee focuses on improving neighborhood parks throughout the city. The support of now 800+ members replaces playgrounds, restores trails, plants thousands of trees, and much more. Never underestimate the power of women!

There are fewer than 100 spaces for name engraving left in The Women’s Committee Garden. With one final push, the Cincinnati Parks Foundation is rallying more members to join the mission of supporting Cincinnati’s neighborhood parks.

You too can join and make an impact in YOUR parks! Learn more on how to join the Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks by visiting their website: cincinnatiparksfoundation.org/womens-committee