Friends of Parks eNews

Cincinnati Parks Foundation is excited and proud to partner with over 15 Park Advisory Councils to support fun activities within your neighborhood parks this summer. 
Join us for a movie & concerts under the stars at Burnet Woods , free yoga at Inwood Park , Shakespeare in the Park at Mt. Storm and a community picnic at Valley Park in Camp Washington. These grants were all made possible by many generous friends of Cincinnati Parks. There is so much fun to be had!
Please read on for more great things happening throughout the summer. Don't forget to check out our website and like us on Facebook for the full schedule of events. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see all of the great photos from these events.
We are quite proud to work on behalf of your Cincinnati Parks! 
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.
Hats Off Luncheon - Best. Day. Ever.
We are so very thankful for so many people that have done so much to make the 2019 Hats Off Luncheon a success filled with joy and positivity. We are thrilled to announce that we have surpassed our $500,000 sponsorship goal for the fourth year in a row!
First off, a  BIG THANKS  to our Co-Chairs, Jennifer Buchholz & Carrie Carothers, and all of our Committee Members, who worked so hard in planning this event. We also want to thank all of the sponsors, hosts and donors who have supported the event and Cincinnati Parks. Hats Off to all of YOU! To view the full list of this year's sponsors, please visit the Cincinnati Parks Foundation website .

We are so excited to share the below video with all of you. It really was a magical day.
Volunteer Spotlight
This month's volunteer spotlight is on Lisa Dir. Lisa has been involved with the Hats Off Luncheon for the past 3 years and she doesn't see this streak ending any time soon (and we are so thankful for that!). Lisa has been the Chair of the Volunteer Mobilization Crew for the Hats Off Luncheon for the past two years. No matter what the job is, she leads this amazing committee by helping wherever is needed and she always does so with a smile on her face. One could say that she wears MANY hats with all of the various projects she takes on throughout the year!

Lisa feels that every park she visits for the first time becomes her favorite park, yet she is still partial to Alms Park because of "the panoramic views that are absolutely breathtaking." When asked if she has any highlights from the Hats Off Luncheon, she said "Hands down, setting up in the pre-dawn hours of the big day - you can't help but experience the incredible, uplifting sense of community!"

A lot of Lisa's childhood memories involve playing with friends or family and being in programs administered by the local park board. She even worked one summer during her college years as a "Park Program" leader!

We are so grateful for everything that Lisa continues to do for Cincinnati Parks. We couldn't do it without her!
"Since becoming a volunteer, I’ve learned about the many lesser-known, hidden gems in and outside of the city proper. Since we always include a trip to one of the parks whenever friends or family are in town, my goal is visit a “new” one each time. So many parks…we’ll make the time!"
MadTree Brewing Teams Up to Plant 70 Trees
MadTree Brewing   recently gave out their 15,000 th tree sapling in celebration of Arbor Day and celebrated by taking on an ambitious project in   Mt. Storm Park . Partnering with the  Arbor Day Foundation , the  Cincinnati Parks Foundation   and Cincinnati Parks, MadTree employees planted approximately 70 trees to renew the original vision of Mt. Storm Park. “Trees aren’t just a part of our name, but rather represent who we are as a community partner and brewery,” said MadTree co-founder, Kenny McNutt.

“Thanks to the generosity of several donors and the leadership of the Cincinnati Park Board and the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, we have come together to restore Adolph Strauch’s original design of Mt. Storm Park. Partners like the Arbor Day Foundation and volunteers from MadTree Brewing are critical to what we do and we are grateful to have their support. Endeavors like this will outlive us all and provide benefits for generations to come. This is why our efforts to advance conservation are so very important,” said Wade Walcutt, Cincinnati Parks Director.

Mt. Storm Park is a 57-acre park just outside downtown Cincinnati in the Clifton neighborhood. This park is well known for its pastoral feel and innovative placement of trees that surprises and awes park visitors. The Foundation’s mission is to make the park once again serve as a wonderful respite for the local community. It will reconnect them to nature and all of its benefits including improvements to physical and mental health, providing an ideal environment for local wildlife and investing in the long-term future of the local environment.
Big Bourbon Toast
New Riff Distilling is celebrating the storied history and bright future of Bourbon in the region with its 2nd annual Big Bourbon Toast on National Bourbon Day, June 14th from 5:30-8:30 pm on the Purple People Bridge. This event will bring hundreds of bourbon fans together for a toast of New Riff's award-winning Kentucky Straight Bourbon, but also include an added twist, with the addition of a Tug of War between two states, Kentucky and Ohio.

The two teams will be anchored by New Riff’s 2020 Community Barrel awardees: The Cincinnati Parks Foundation and The City of Newport’s 225th anniversary. The winning state will be recognized with a Big Bourbon toast, a gilded bottle trophy, and an entire year of bragging rights.

New Riff's Community Barrel program leverages the sale of bottles and donates the proceeds from a barrel’s worth of Bourbon to each awardee.  “These organizations represent the very essence of New Riff - an eye on the future while also honoring the past”, said Ken Lewis, Founder and President of New Riff Distilling, and "the Big Bourbon Toast is a great way to celebrate two amazing states, two great charities and delicious Bourbon in this region.”
The Big Bourbon Toast is free to attend to those over 21. The first 500 attendees will receive a commemorative Big Bourbon Toast shot glass along with New Riff Bottled in Bond Bourbon with which to toast. Cash bars will be available along the bridge for cocktails.

Jennifer Spieser, Executive Director of Cincinnati Parks Foundation said “We look forward to representing Ohio and our top-rated urban Parks with dedicated Park volunteers, Board members, Park Commissioners, Cincinnati Firefighters, Cincinnati Police Officers, the City Manager, local elected officials, and your favorite local mascots. We're playing to win.” Come out and cheer for Cincinnati Parks Foundation!
New Kyle Plush Pavilion at Stanbery Park!
The Cincinnati Park Board and Stanbery Park Advisory Council (SPAC) are proud to announce a new fundraising campaign, “Help Stanbery Grow,” that will build a beautiful, multi-purpose pavilion at the front of Stanbery Park in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati, OH. The Kyle Plush Pavilion will have a performance/multi-use stage, a meeting room, a family/accessible rest room and will provide storage for the annual Pumpkin Chuck catapults.

The Kyle Plush Pavilion fundraising campaign, “Help Stanbery Grow”, received a $360,000 grant to SPAC with the assistance and support of State Representative Tom Brinkman. The grant will take care of most of the construction, but there remains an additional $65,000 that is needed to outfit the pavilion and all of the events that will be hosted in Stanbery Park.

To kick off our door-to-door campaign, State Representative Brinkman has graciously donated 3 sets of OSU tickets to the August 31st game. Each set has 4 tickets. It's a wonderful way to see the first game of the season. Raffle tickets are $5/each or 6 for $25. The drawing will take place on August 16, 2019 and we will contact the winners. Please visit for more information and find out how you can purchase tickets!
Wednesdays in the Woods
Wednesdays in the Woods has returned! Once again, Cincinnati Parks Foundation has partnered with the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for their annual summer concert series at Burnet Woods . The concerts take place each Wednesday from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the historic Burnet Woods bandstand. Savory snacks and sweets are available from local food vendors. In addition, beer from 50 West Brewing Company and wine may be purchased as well. Please see below for the full schedule or visit the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for further information . Come out and enjoy summer evenings while listening to great music!

June 12 - Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
June 19 – The Cliftones
June 26 – Mike Wade and the Nasty Nati Band
July 3 – Model Behavior
July 10 – Push Play
July 17 - TRIIIBE 
July 24 – Sound Body Jazz Orchestra
July 31 – Tropicoso Salsa
August 07 - Jake Speed and The Freddies 
Smale Family Fun!
It's hard to believe that summer is here, and with summer comes Smale Family Fun ! Our warmest thanks goes out to Ellen & Clark Sole for once again sponsoring this wonderful event series that is FREE to the public. Help spread the word and share in the fun!
Smale Mind and Body
Skip the Gym. Take your workout outdoors at  Smale Riverfront Park ! From June through August you can take FREE dance, yoga or barre classes on Schmidlapp Event Lawn, located next to  Moerlein Lager House .

The Barre Code  offers classes that focus on cardio, strength training and restorative stretches, perfect for your afternoon lunch break. Enjoy a free barre class every Friday from 12:10-1:00 pm, July 12 through August 9.

Modo Yoga  offers free yoga classes for everyone, no matter if you’re an absolute beginner or a more experienced student. These evening classes are accessible, challenging, healthy and fun! Join them for a free class every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 pm, June 5 through September 25.

NGOMA  presents Ragga Fit, a fun and free dance fitness class that combines cardiovascular movements with modern Reggae/Afrobeat music. Movements are done in a repetitive sequence to develop muscle memory and maintain a healthy heart rate. Have a blast at these dance classes every Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 pm, June 4 through July 30.

Please note - All of the above events are subject to weather and cancellations will be posted on the   Facebook event page   by 11:00 am the day of the event.
Butterfly Show - there's still time!