Friends of Parks eNews

On behalf of the Board of Directors and team at the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, we wish to thank Wade Walcutt, recent Director of Cincinnati Parks for his vision and leadership over the last 2.5 years. Through Wade’s direction, we were able to accomplish many great projects - including the restoration of all five trails at French Park; a tranquil/meditative garden at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Ault Park Commons; accessibility at The Betty Gale Garden at the Krohn Conservatory and the exciting start of improvements at Burnet Woods (just to name a few). Wade was a dear friend to many of us, and we wish him and his family much happiness.

We welcome Kara Kish, Interim Director of Cincinnati Parks into her new role. We are excited to work alongside Kara and support her vision of our top-rated urban park system!

Cincinnati Parks Foundation continues to be inspired and thankful for all of YOU, our Friends of Parks. We are grateful for the many talented and generous individuals who work within Cincinnati Parks, those with passion so immense and sincere, it is inspirational.

Please take a moment to read through our October Friends of Parks eNews edition to learn more about what we’ve been up to lately. Wishing you and yours a sweet moment of pause throughout this fall season. Hope to see the colors change soon.

With gratitude,

Jennifer Hafner Spieser
Executive Director
When the Woods Can Heal
Four Seasons in Burnet Woods book cover
Everyone knows Burnet Woods is a wonderful gem in the heart of Clifton, but did you know that these woods can heal?

Spending time in nature can improve your mood, physical health and mental well-being. Take a look at our dear friend, Rama's story and be inspired by what the woods can do for you!

"Paying attention to nature’s beauty and how the same scene changed from season to season helped Rama focus on something other than her worries — something beautiful.

So beautiful, in fact, that she started taking pictures. Eventually she transformed her struggle with cancer into a book of photos she took while she was in the fight of her life."

You can order a copy of Rama's book by emailing:
#CincyBARKS ends on October 30
A woman with dogs and a #cincyBARKS contest poster.
Two dogs in Smale Park
A dog standing on a tunnel at the dog park
Enter our  #CincyBARKS   Photo Contest  on  Facebook  or  Instagram  ! Winners will receive a custom poster of their dog's likeness in a Cincinnati Park AND bragging rights for a whole year! 

Entering is easy:

The contest closes on October 30, 2019. Thank you to everyone who has already entered.
Volunteer Spotlight
Edwin Puckett
It is with heavy hearts that we recognize Edwin Puckett for his years of volunteer service with Cincinnati Parks.

Edwin passed away September 22, 2019. He and his wife Mona Puckett have been dedicated volunteers at Krohn Conservatory for roughly 25 years. Volunteering on a weekly basis, Edwin was always a kind and familiar face.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45202 on Sunday Oct. 6, at 6:00 PM.

Friends may visit at the Conservatory on Sun. from 5:30-6:00 PM. There will be a Reception/Potluck following the Words of Remembrance. 
Your Cincinnati Parks on Local12
Watch the newest segment of "Your  Cincinnati Parks : Building Better Lives and Better Communities" from  LOCAL 12, WKRC-TV online now ! This episode features some special park projects and our very own board member, Mary Jo Bazely.
We've teamed up with the Ohio Climbers Coalition!
Trail Cleaning and Climbing October 19
We've teamed up with the Ohio Climbers Coalition ! Join us and Ohio climbers as we give back to YOUR Cincinnati Parks! We’ll be doing trail maintenance and invasive species removal followed by FREE PIZZA, bouldering and climbing at the Eden Park retaining wall! (Bring your own gear. Climbing is AT YOUR OWN RISK.) Service project is from 9am-12pm and climbing is from 12-3pm. Please register in advance.
Don't miss these other events:
Ezz Fest
EZZ Fest is an arts, athletics and music festival Saturday October 5, 2019. It will feature the soon to be completed Ezzard Charles statue , live jazz music, boxing activities and many local vendors. Ezz Fest is located in beautiful Laurel Park on Ezzard Charles Dr. in the heart of the West End.
Cincinnati Parks' Urban Campsite October 10 through 13
Are you ready for BLINK 2019 ?! Come visit the Cincinnati Parks' Urban Campsite at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn outside Moerlein Lager House. Enjoy a giant illuminated campfire, twinkling lights and sparkling stars. Special programming will be provided by Cincinnati Parks' Explore Nature and by the Camping and Education Foundation. "Campfire food," beer, soft drinks and mixed drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are available for a special Moerlein Lager House Campfire Dinner.
You're Invited to a Woodland Wine Tasting on October 25
Spend the evening enjoying the beautiful colors of Fall at Burnet Woods while supporting Cincinnati Parks Foundation. Take a Woodland Wine Tasting journey from Trailside Nature Center. Delicious wines and light bites will be provided along the way. All proceeds of the Woodland Wine Tasting go to the Stewards of Burnet Woods for the enhancement and refurbishment of Burnet Woods.
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.