Friends of Parks eNews

We can’t wait for fall to begin! Just to sit back and see the beautiful trees within all of your Cincinnati Parks change from green to gold - it’s so gorgeous!

Did you know we have a FREE hiking club that meets four times a week at Mt. Airy Forest? If you haven’t had a chance, please join us during the week and enjoy 1,459 acres of glorious beauty, and experience the fall season like never before. You can sign-up here.

Thank you for your fierce support 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.
Special Thanks
M. Hopple & Co., Cincinnati’s premier fine paper goods retailer, is proud to announce their TWELFTH Annual CityArt Holiday Card
Contest. This year's theme is "Cincinnati Parks"!

Winning designs will be printed as part of the 2018 CityArt Holiday Card Collection. The collection will be sold at M. Hopple & Co., with 10% of the proceeds going to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation.
For application, guidelines and additional information, please click here. September 15, 2018 is the FINAL DEADLINE for submissions.

Thank you, M. Hopple & Co. for supporting Cincinnati Parks Foundation!
A big thank you to Macy’s Kenwood for choosing Cincinnati Parks Foundation as one of their charities for the Make Good Cents for Your Community round-up campaign. 

Customers were invited to round up their purchase and donate their change to one of the three charities chosen by their store, and we were fortunate that Cincinnati Parks Foundation was one of their charities. We have such an amazing community that loves YOUR Cincinnati Parks!
A very special thanks to The Richter & Phillips Co. for making a generous contribution of $500.00 to Cincinnati Parks Foundation's annual Friends of Parks campaign. We are so grateful for your continued support!
Friends of Parks Golf Outing - September 25
Ther Annual Friends of Parks Golf Outing is right around the corner! It's not too late to register for this extremely fun annual event. Participation in this outing provides essential support towards the mission of the Foundation to conserve and enhance our city's top-rated urban parks system.

This year's event will take place on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Losantiville Country Club. Registration & Open House will begin at 10:00 a.m., with a shotgun start at 12:00 pm. Cocktails, Buffet, Awards and a Raffle will start at 4:30 pm.

To register as an individual golfer, foursome or sponsor, please complete the registration form located here or contact the Cincinnati Parks Foundation office at 513-861-0023. For more information, please contact Jennifer Spieser at
Views & Brews - Join the FUN!
Please join us  Friday, September 28 th  from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm   for  Views and Brews presented by the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Emerging Leaders   young professionals group .  This entertaining bus tour will allow you to sip some brews from some of your favorite local breweries while discovering hidden gems in your top-ranked Cincinnati Parks! The stops along the tour include  Smale Riverfront Park Alms Park French Park , and  Mt. Storm . This is a great way for you to visit our parks and make some friends along the way.

We are so thankful to be working with the following breweries who will bring various styles of craft beers that are sure to stimulate your taste buds.
Since opening their doors in November of 2012, one thing has remained the same. Every time you have a Fifty West beer, you know it was handmade in small batches with a focus on the four virtues they hold closest to their hearts: craftsmanship, tradition, innovation, and patience.
Prominently situated in the dynamic Smale Riverfront Park , the Moerlein Lager House has become the place for craft beer lovers to taste new brews and enjoy some of Cincinnati's traditional favorites. They have a full line of Moerlein craft brews and plenty more!

Nine Giant is a brewpub evolved. They have a taste of hand-crafted beers that are sure to delight all. Their dedication to experimentation creates a constantly evolving craft beer experience.Their brewery often has new beers, but don't worry! They also have their returning favorites.

Rivertown works diligently to handcraft a tenacious culture, one beer at a time. They enjoy the challenge of brewing consistently extraordinary beer that is both noteworthy and timeless. They have something for everyone and can quench that thirst with a variety of traditionally fermented libations.
To purchase tickets, please visit our  website where you can register online. But hurry! RSVP Deadline is September 14th. Participation in Views and Brews helps provide essential support towards the mission of Cincinnati Parks Foundation to conserve and enhance our nationally recognized Cincinnati Parks.
For information on additional event details, please visit our  website . For additional information, contact Jennifer Hafner Spieser at (513) 861-0023.
We look forward to seeing you on the bus!
Wednesdays in the Woods - HUGE Success
Wednesdays in the Woods, presented by the Clifton Cultural Arts Center , featured 10 free summer concerts that included a variety of local performers, hands-on art activities for children, sweet and savory food trucks, and collecting non-monetary donations to aid our neighbors in need. Over the 10 concert series, there was a total of 3,705 attendees - and so much fun was had by all!

We would like to give a big shout-out to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation's Emerging Leaders . They worked with CCAC , Cincinnati Parks Staff, University of Cincinnati and Fifty West Brewing Company to enhance an already great concert series. In addition to providing beverage service to concert goers, they were able to raise funds and awareness of the work that the Cincinnati Parks Foundation is doing.

Cincinnati Parks Foundation's   Emerging Leaders  are philanthropic-minded young professionals that help build broad-based partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of our city's parks and greenspaces. Visit our website to learn more about this fantastic group of dynamic people.

A big THANK YOU to Sarah DeDiemar for leading this effort! In addition, we'd like to thank the following volunteers for their time and effort.

  • Bryan Berghauer
  • Bryar Brandvold
  • Jon Bresen
  • Maddie Caldemeyer
  • David Croft

  • Tom Hankinson
  • Matt McGaha
  • Megan Ossenbeck
  • Andy Poole
Rockin' The Roebling - Rockin' the FUN!
This concert series was definitely "Rockin'" and was such a fun event! This summer-long music celebration took place each Thursday evening of June, July & August at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn. The concerts were free and open to the public.

We'd like to thank Christian Moerlein Lager House for hosting this amazing event. $1 from each Moerlein beer sold at the event went to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. Those dollars add up, and we couldn't be more grateful. A special thanks to Greg Hardman who partnered with us on this, and continues to help keep Cincinnati Parks thriving! THANK YOU!!
Smale Family Fun - AMAZING Turnout!
As Summer comes to an end, we look back at all the good times we had, and Smale Family Fun Days did not disappoint! This family event brought in kids and adults of all ages. Among the three events, we had a record breaking attendance, estimated at 5,400 people.

The fun included giant games, face painting, balloon twisting, jugglers, magicians, puppet shows, live music, and more!
We lucked out at all of the events and had beautiful weather. It goes without saying that none of this could be done without our amazing volunteers. In particular, we'd like to once again thank our wonderful sponsors, Ellen & Clark Sole.

Because of their generosity, thousands of kids were able to run around outside, laughing, playing, and simply enjoying one another. Thank you to everyone who attended. We look forward to next year!