Friends of Parks eNews

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy & Healthy New Year! Through your generosity and continued support, Cincinnati Parks Foundation was able to accomplish many great things in 2017 and our team, along with the support of our Board of Directors, is gearing up for even more in 2018!
In this New Year, you'll see a few new projects on the horizons of your gorgeous Cincinnati Parks, with a special focus to increase our support of conservation and enhancement of Cincinnati's most beloved urban treasures.
Please read on to learn more about our upcoming plans and opportunities.
We continue to be inspired by YOU!
With gratitude, 

Jennifer Hafner Spieser 
Executive Director

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.
Our Board of Directors
We are thrilled to announce our new Board Members for 2018 as well as our new Officers. Without the Board of Directors, Cincinnati Parks Foundation would not be able to thrive. Thank you for everything you do for our Parks!
Cathy Caldemeyer - President
Don Mellott, Jr. - Vice President
Dan Vogelpohl - Treasurer
Lindsay Wilhelm - Secretary
Harry Kangis - At-Large Member
Mary Lynne Boorn - New Board Member
Sarah DeDiemar - New Board Member
Lucy Hodgson - New Board Member
Ann Santen - New Board Member
Brian Tiffany - New Board Member
Andrew VanSickle - New Board Member
Randy Noah - New Board Member
Cincinnati Parks Foundation Board Members

Mary Jo Bazeley - Roger David - Fay Dupuis - Susan Abernethy Frank - Thomas F. Hankinson - Aric Hassel - Cynthia Henderson - Mark Jeffreys - Steve Jemison - Dhani M. Jones - Toni LaBoiteaux - Polk Laffoon IV - R. Warner Off - Keke Sansalone - Laura Schmidt - Ellen Sole - Amber Burke Sprengard - Larry Stillpass - Jane Reed Terrill - Lori Wellinghoff
Special Thanks:
Thank you Friends of Parks!

A big thank you to the hundreds of donors who gave to the Annual Fund campaign in 2017.

Did you know that Cincinnati Parks:
  • Cover 10% of Cincinnati’s landmass
  • Touch all Cincinnati neighborhoods, with 75 neighborhood parks and 80,000+ street trees
  • Anchor our community regions, with 5 regional parks and 7 riverfront parks
  • Promote community health with more than 65 miles of hiking trails and 52 playgrounds
  • Spark curiosity at 5 nature centers and 1 conservatory and with 300+ works of public art
  • Conserve natural beauty and habitats at 34 preserves and nature areas
  • Engage your four-legged friends at 3 dog parks

You can help our parks by visiting our website and donating today! Your gift to Cincinnati Parks Foundation helps build and sustain Cincinnati’s thriving system of parks and greenspaces for all people.
Photo Credit: Robert A. Flischel
Mission Moment
It's sMOREs fun in Cincinnati Parks!
Would your family be excited to learn easy and cool science experiments to perform at home? How about testing their skills during a simulated journey of freedom, using a locally recognized path of the Underground Railroad? Do they have a sweet tooth for maple syrup and want to discover how it is made? 

These Explore Nature programs and much more are waiting for your reservation in January and February. Several of these programs are offering gourmet Smores for participants …YUM!
Don’t wait until warmer weather. Say goodbye to cabin fever now and join us! For more information on educational programs, call our main office at (513) 321-6070 or explore the calendar on the Cincinnati Parks website. Hope to see you!
Volunteer Spotlight
Facies Challenge

In January, 2017, we challenged everyone to get out to as many Cincinnati Parks and greenspaces as possible. While visiting the parks, it was requested that each person take a "facie", showing their love for the parks.

Susan Frank won the 2017 Facies Challenge. She and her husband, John, went to over 55 Cincinnati Parks ! With winning this challenge, Susan received a beautiful gift basket of parks goodies, 3 Howls Vodka, and swag (provided by Ellen & Clark Sole's son's Distillery.) Susan truly believes that "each and every park is a treasure".
Way to go, Susan!

To see some beautiful photos from our many parks in Cincinnati, please visit our Facebook page.  
Get Involved in 2018!
Hiking Club
Do you love spending time outdoors immersing yourself in all the natural beauty around you? Join the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Hiking Club to participate in some fun, outdoor exercise. The hikes take place at the beautiful, serene Mt Airy Forest.

To check out the dates and times, see the calendar on our website. We hike in rain or shine and all inclement weather. Hope to see you there!
Commemorative Trees and Benches
Honor a loved one with a dedicated tree or bench in his/her favorite Cincinnati Park.  

Commemorative trees are available for a donation of $750 or more, which includes the tree, plaque, commemorative framed plaque and maintenance of the tree.

Commemorative benches are available for a donation of $3,000 or more, which includes the bench, plaque, and maintenance of the bench.
Shop to Support!
There are plenty of ways you can help support your Cincinnati Parks. When you shop at Amazon, Kroger and Adrian Durban Flowers, it's easy to give to the parks we all love and know. Please visit our website to find out how you can help make a difference!
Planned Giving
Did you know there are creative ways to support Cincinnati Parks Foundation? Ways in which Cincinnati Parks, and you and your loved ones all benefit at the same time?

Legacies of Green recognizes Cincinnati Parks Foundations’s very special friends who have helped to secure our future when they planned their own. Donors of all income levels have named the Foundation as a beneficiary in their wills or trusts, made life-income gifts or other deferred giving arrangements for the benefit of Cincinnati Parks. Contact Jared Queen, Development Director, at for further information.