Overlook Challenge
Welcome to Week 1 of the Overlook Challenge!

If you enjoy sunrises (or need an excuse to get up early to enjoy one), look no further than Eden Park. This popular Cincinnati park offers two magnificent, accessible overlooks with sweeping views of wide-open, eastern skies and picture-perfect sunrises.  
Week 1: Eden Park
Eden Park Overlook
Eden Park OverlookLakes Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202; Parking available along Lakes Drive and in designated spots near overlook.

Situated on the eastern edge of the Twin Lakes area of Eden Park, this overlook takes in the Ohio River and the foothills of Kentucky, and is also a popular spot to greet the new day with its epic sunrises, typically around 6:15 am in June. Twin Lakes was once an old quarry and, aside from the breathtaking overlook, features two lakes, a footbridge and walking paths, several public art sculptures, and a playground. It’s a great spot to take in a picnic, play a game of chess, or launch a model boat. 

Donald A. Spencer OverlookCliff Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202; Parking available at designated spots near overlook.

A short walk up a flight of stairs off Lakes Drive is Eden Park’s other spectacular overlook named after Donald Spencer, a founding member of the Friends of Cincinnati Parks, who worked tirelessly to secure funding to sustain and beautify our beloved parks. In 2020, Donald and his wife Marian posthumously received the Cincinnati Parks Foundation’s Phyllis W. Smale Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement, inspiring leadership, exemplary service, and creative vision in city beautification. This overlook offers outstanding views and a southeast peek of the iconic, yellow Daniel Carter Beard Bridge near downtown. 

ACCESSIBLE DIRECTIONS TO SPENCER OVERLOOK: From Twin Lakes, take a left onto Eden Park Drive and an immediate right on St. Paul Drive. Veer left to stay on St. Paul Drive and turn left onto Cliff Drive. Pass the historic Eden Park Stand Pipe and cross the Melan Arch Bridge to reach the overlook parking area. 

EXTEND YOUR VISIT: Home to many of our city’s landmarks, Eden Park features the Cincinnati Art Museum and newly installed Art Climb, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Seasongood Pavilion, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the future site of Tom Jones Commons – coming this summer!

No trip to Eden Park would be complete without visiting Krohn Conservatory’s annual butterfly show, now in its 25th year. Purchase Butterfly Show tickets in advance online.

Don't forget to download and print our coloring book page for Overlook Challenge participants of all ages.

Weekly Selfie Challenge
Don’t miss the weekly “SELFIE CHALLENGE”! Each tagged @cincyparksfoundation overlook selfie post on social media enters you into a weekly chance of winning a “Parks Supporter” sticker AND the grand prize – an ULTIMATE summer survival kit. 

One selfie challenge winner will be announced weekly. One grand prize winner will be announced on June 30th

Photo by: @yo.mskingston
About the Women's Committee
The Women’s Committee of Cincinnati Parks is a network of community leaders, bonded by the mission of enhancing the landscape of Greater Cincinnati. Members help support the work of Cincinnati Parks Foundation, which funds preservation and programming initiatives that strengthen our parks and our community.

Since 2006, Women’s Committee members have raised $40MM of private support for the development of John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park. In addition, over $2M has been raised through the annual Hats Off Luncheon, sponsored by the Women’s Committee.

Now the Women's Committee has shifted its focus to improving neighborhood parks throughout the city.
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