Friends of Parks eNews
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Greetings!

We finally have snow, making a beautiful winter display of your Cincinnati Parks!

Our team, Board of Directors and volunteers are busily working away on raising funds for neighborhood parks and continued programming throughout the Cincinnati Parks system. Special thanks to our many volunteers working hard to prepare for the 14th Annual Hats Off Luncheon on May 21st.

Our goal for 2020 is to show you great impact within Mt. Airy Forest, Burnet Woods, Hyde Park Square, Laurel Park and more. 

Please read on to learn more about what we're up to! 

Stay warm,

Jennifer Hafner Spieser
Executive Director
Projects to Watch in 2020
Two people hiking in Burnet Woods
Our Neighborhood Parks Campaign is focused on the vitalization and improvement of four Cincinnati Parks and several programs, spread across neighborhoods throughout the city. Parks were selected based upon the  Cincinnati Parks’ 2007 Master Plan , immediate need and a cultural enhancement to the system.
Stephenson Sister's Scholarship Fund Established
Erin Morris of Explore Nature
To celebrate the career and legacy of Explore Nature's Erin Morris, the Cincinnati Parks Foundation established the Stephenson Sisters’ Scholarship Fund. This annual $3,500 scholarship fund will provide free or reduced pricing for underserved youth to attend Explore Nature! camps. Learn more on our website!
A Krohn Floral Show the Kids Will Love
Children at the Krohn Spring Show
Looking for a family-friendly indoor activity? 💐 Check out  Cincinnati Parks ' 2020 Krohn Spring Show: Bloom and Grow . Your littlest ones will love collecting leaves, spending time in the Reading Nook and exploring the beautiful flowers. Thank you to the show's Presenting Sponsor,  Scherzinger Pest Control   for their continued support.
Welcome to Our New Development Director
Andrew Pytlik
Cincinnati Parks Foundation is delighted to announce Andrew Pytlik as our new Development Director.

Andrew has several years of fundraising experience working for Greenpeace USA in Denver and Chicago, in addition to the United Way in Greater Cincinnati. Andrew worked most recently at Findlay Market as their Market and Sustainability Manager. He and his wife have a 14-month old little boy and love spending time in Alms Park.

Welcome to the team Andrew, we are so very lucky to have you!
Five Valentine's Day Make Out Spots
An elderly couple kissing
Valentine’s Day is almost here and love is in the air. We can’t think of a better place to steal a smooch from your sweetheart than in YOUR beautiful Cincinnati Parks! Check out our list of five unique spots, perfect for a romantic moment with your Valentine.
CPAC Grant Program Applications Close Feb. 29
People with life vests and canoe paddles
Are you or someone you know in an official Cincinnati Parks Advisory Council (CPAC)? Spread the word: our CPAC Grant Program is accepting applications for 2020. These grants support community programming offered by many CPACs across Cincinnati. The deadline to apply is February 29, 2020 .
Hats Off Luncheon 2020
Can you believe that it's already February? The 14th annual Hats Off Luncheon will be here before we know it and we are getting so excited!

We'll celebrate the wide variety of parks and green spaces that wrap around our 52 diverse neighborhoods and toast the beautiful cultures represented in them. We are so grateful for our wonderful volunteers who have been busy preparing for the big day.

Join us in support of Hats Off! To learn more about Hats Off Luncheon sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Devine at 513-861-0023 or at jdevine@cincinnatiparksfoundation.org .
FREE Yoga at Burnet Woods
Yoga in Burnet Woods
Join the Stewards of Burnet Woods for FREE YOGA every Saturday, taught by our friends at World Peace Yoga. This beginner-friendly class takes place indoors at Trailside Nature Center October-April and outside at the Bandstand from May-September. (Bring your own mat.)
Cincinnati Parks Foundation, the official philanthropic partner of Cincinnati Parks, is committed to building broad-based private/public partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our city's parks and greenspaces.
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