Friends of Parks eNews

It’s been a fun summer in your Cincinnati Parks! Activating more park spaces is something the Cincinnati Parks Foundation is committed to sustaining. This year we supported 16 Park Advisory Councils by offering grants to fund special programming within their neighborhood park. We’d like to take a moment to thank all of the volunteers who serve on a Cincinnati Park Advisory Council . It’s because of you and your commitment to your community that Cincinnati Parks are top-rated!

We’d also like to thank the amazing team at Cincinnati Parks for their hard work and dedication to its mission. We see you out there, rain or shine, taking such good care of these public spaces and we are proud to work with you!

Please read on to learn more about what we have planned this next month! Enjoy the sunshine, friends.

With gratitude,

Jennifer Hafner Spieser
Executive Director
CPAC Grant Awardees
Parks staff help a family get into a canoe.
This year we launched a new grant program for the  Cincinnati Parks Advisory Councils . These grants are supporting park improvements, community programming, park activation and more for many CPACs across Cincinnati. For example, the Rapid Run Park Advisory Council held a family Canoe and Movie Night on July 26, which was a huge success! ( See the whole photo album on our Facebook page.)

The complete list of the 2019 CPAC Grant Awardees and their projects are now up on our website.
#CincyBARKS Photo Contest
A woman with dogs and a #cincyBARKS contest poster.
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.
A dog sitting on a swing.
A dog standing on a picnic table.
Two dogs splashing in a pool.
A dog sitting in Smale Riverfront Park.
Volunteer Spotlight
Steve standing in front of a blooming
This month's volunteer spotlight is on Steve Scheurer. Steve has been volunteering with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation for the past three years. Joining his favorite sister , Gail Seifert, Steve helps around the office with filing, mailings and filling goodie bags for events like Smale Family Fun Days . No matter the task, he is happy to help!

Steve g rew up in Clifton and his favorite park is Burnet Woods . "My grandfather took us every week to sit by the lake and eat ice cream," he recalled. Like many of us, Steve also enjoys concerts in the parks and daily walks though Eden Park, Smale Riverfront Park, or Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park.

All of us here at the Foundation deeply appreciate Steve's time and volunteerism. You are a truly wonderful person and we are thankful to have you!
Ezzard Charles Live Sculpting Event
Ezzard Charles Live Sculpt Event Invite
Join us at a live sculpting event of the Ezzard Charles Statue for Laurel Park in the West End of Cincinnati. Watch the amazing work done by artist John Hebenstreit as he carves the statue in clay. Interested in the Ezzard Charles Statue in Laurel Park? You can help raise funds for this special project.
Inwood Park Design Charrette
Wade Walcutting sitting with children.
A child's drawing of a rainbow slide
As part of our Neighborhood Parks Campaign , we will be building a new playground in Inwood Park among other improvements. We invited local children from the surrounding community to participate in the playground design process.

Students from the Rising Stars Academy joined us for a design charrette where they drew pictures and described what their dream playground would look like. Cincinnati Parks Planning and Design team will use the children's ideas to design a playground that's perfect for the community!

Thank you to our partners who joined: PNC Bank, YMCA, Rising Stars Academy, Mt. Auburn Community Development Corporation, Inwood Park Advisory Council and Cincinnati Parks. ( See the whole photo album on our Facebook page.)
Grab your tickets now!
Spend the evening enjoying views and sipping brews while supporting Cincinnati Parks Foundation. The Views and Brews event is a bus tour of hidden gems in the Cincinnati Parks system. We will visit   Smale Riverfront Park Krohn Conservatory   and   Burnet Woods , while enjoying delicious drinks and snacks.
We are excited to announce that tickets for the 12th Annual Dean Gregory Golf Classic are now available for purchase. This year's event will take place on September 17 at the Losantiville Country Club . Support the Cincinnati Parks you love by playing a round of golf on a beautiful late-summer day!
Did You Know?
Garden of Tuscany event flier.
You can take a trip to Italy this summer without ever leaving Cincinnati! The Krohn Conservatory Summer show Il Giardino: A Garden of Tuscany is going on now through August 18.

Enjoy striking cypress trees, fragrant herbs, splashing fountains and brilliant summer blooms.

Tuesday–Sunday 10am-5pm (Closed Mondays)
Admission: Adults $7, Youth (5-17) $5, Children 4 and under free.
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.