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Cincinnati Parks are In the News

by The Cincinnati Team
Cincinnati Parks Receive Numerous Awards                                             


Washington Park Selected a "Frontline Park" by City Parks Alliance


City Parks Alliance chooses a Frontline Park in order to promote urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country.  It shows examples of parks that have faced challenges from shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures and urban neighborhood decay.

Sprayground at Washington ParkThe activities around the park, including footpaths, wading pools, bandstand, and dog park, attract both those interested in the cultural offerings and neighborhood residents.  As part of the renaissance of Over the Rhine, Washington Park is key to the turnaround of the entire area.

Be sure to visit often...there are activities every night from salsa dancing to blues to jazz.



Dwell Magazine Honors Ault Park as one of World's Best Public Spaces

Dwell Magazine looked for the best public places to linger, people watch and take in nature's bounty. They have chosen everything from sculpture parks to urban plazas and now they have chosen Ault Park.  Long loved by residents of  the city, May and Levi Ault donated the park land to the City of Cincinnati in 1911.  It is our fourth largest park.  Offerings include a soccer field, playground, huge flower gardens where you can have a plot and the central pavilion.  

Go there on a star-filled night, bring a blanket and enjoy identifying the constellations or add it to next year's Fourth of July calendar, now.  You may want to go enjoy Summer Sips Vodka Tasting and dance to the music of Lagniappe on July 12th, too.

Smale Riverfront Park Receives 2013 Park Design Award

The National Recreation and Park Associations "Facility of Park Design Award"  was given to Smale Riverfront Park this year.  They look for a city that manages an innovative park that is serving as a model to others.  The award promotes parks that look at recreation usage in unique, innovative and creative ways.  Smale Park was honored for its exceptional service to the values of parks and recreation. Its inclusiveness and responsiveness to the needs of the community wer particularly important.

Enjoy just walking along the riverfront this summer, rent a bike and go all the way to Theodore Berry International Friendship Park and read the story of the Black Brigade on the 20 foot long sculpture. There's more to come with a carousel and children's playground on the way.

Family Activities in Cincinnati's Smale Park

by The Cincinnati Team

Family fun at Smale Park                                                                    

The Cincinnati Park Board is excited to announce a full line-up of Family Summer Fun at Smale Riverfront Park!  They are offering family friendly movies, music and theater.  Kick off the summer with musical entertainment, movies and theater. Bring your family, blankets and smiles for some extraordinary nights at Smale Riverfront Park this summer!​Smale Riverfron Park
May 16 - Bach & Boombox (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program) 5:30pm–6:30pm


May17 - "Wreck It Ralph" plus Cincinnati Circus performers at 7pm9pm,  Movie at 9pm

May18 - Cincinnati Children’s Theater performs Rumplestilskin with special guests Bullooney Puppet Works, Cincinnati Circus and Explore Nature!  4pm–7pm

May23 - Bach & Boombox  (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program)  5:30pm–6:30pm

May30 - Bach & Boombox  (Concert Cellist performing an interactive program)  5:30pm–6:30pm

May31 - "Brave" plus Cincinnati Circus performers at 7pm–9pm,  Movie at 9pm

​Smale Riverfront Park is described as a park for the generations.  The activities benefit the entire community with recreational, entertainment and leisure resources.  The fountains, walkways, gardens, event lawns, playgrounds, and restaurants all add to the economic vitality of the region.

When completed, the park will extend from east at Great American Ball Park to west as far as Paul Brown Stadium - flanking the city's landmark Roebling Suspension Bridge.

Krohn Conservatory Showcases Exotic Butterflies of Morocco

by The Cincinnati Team

​​Exotic Butterflies of Morocco at Krohn Conservatory         

Starting April 20th - June 30th, Krohn Conservatory will be open from 10 am-5 pm so you can experience the butterflies of Morocco.  If you haven't been in the butterfly room and experienced a butterfly landing on your nose, this is an event not to be missed and long remembered.  Daily, butterflies are released into the space.  It becomes a lavish assault to your senses...the sound of water flowing, bursts of colorful flowers, and musical rhythms in a setting that will remind you of the marketplaces of the Moroccan region.

To get your $1 off coupon for the show, click here.  If you are a photographer, come for the special night-time viewings on April 22 and 29, May 6, 13 and 20, and then enter the photography contest.  For other special events, check out their website.


Candlelight Walk at California Woods

by The Cincinnati Team


California Woods Nature Preserve is located at 5400 Kellogg Avenue, 45228.  There are 113 acres of forest featuring 53 tree species and 200 species of herbacious plants.  Lick Run Creek flows through the middle of the preserve.  Kingfishers, snapping turtles, small fish, mallards, wood ducks and beavers have been spotted there.  No dogs are allowed.
Parking is limited so please carpool.  There is a $5 fee per person.  Reservations can be made through the Cincinnati Parks website.

2012 Cincinnati Celtic Festival - September 15-16

by The Cincinnati Team


Bring out your Celtic heritage for this weekend as the Cincinnati Celtic Festival moves to Washington Park. This annual celebration of Celtic culture is filled with music, dance, contests, food and drink. All 7 Celtic nations (Ireland; Scotland; Isle of Man; Cornwall; Wales; Galicia, Spain; and Brittany, France) will be represented. 
The Festival is presented by The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation. So, if you love to listen to the Harp, bagpipes and the Uilleann Pipe, watch Celtic dancing, enjoy Celtic crafts and food, don't miss this fun event. 

150th Anniversary of the Black Brigade - September 9

by The Cincinnati Team


On Sunday, September 9th at 5:30pm in Smale Riverfront Park, the Cincinnati Pops will present a free concert and the Black Brigade story will be honored.  Civil War era experiences and actors will be featured.
Feel free to bring blankets and a picnic or enjoy the concessions set up around the Schmidlapp Event Lawn.  Let your children play in the interactive fountains while summer is still here.  The Freedom Center will have discounted tickets that day and special artifacts from the time period.
The Story of the Black Brigade
In September of 1862, 700 African-American men volunteered to build fortifications to defend Cincinnati from Confederate attack during the Civil War.  There's lots more to the story, so walk along the riverfront and read about what was done to them and how they gloriously responded.  It's a special moment in Cincinnati's history, one you won't forget.

Smale Riverfront Park Opens Phase I

by The Cincinnati Team

Grand Opening of Smale Riverfront Park - May 18                 

​Come celebrate the grand opening of Phase 1 of the Smale Riverfront Park. This phase of the project offers a dynamic recreational, entertainment and leisure resource for the citizens of Greater Cincinnati and visitors to this region.

Schmidlapp Stage provides a center for celebrations and musical events.  There is a Bike Center where bikes can be stored and repaired.  This is hoped to function as a location for alternative transportation to work for many commuters.  The Visitors Center will also be housed there.  One of the most visible features will be the Walnut Street Fountain and grand steps.   Water cascades down over waterfalls and water curtains and at night it is illuminated with thousands of lights and colors. 

The community-wide celebration to be held May 18th will start with the Dedication Ceremony at 6:15 pm, followed by a free concert featuring: 

  • Called to Worship (Urban Contemporary)
  • Tropicoso(Salsa/Latin)
  • Kathy Wade (Jazz)
  • Swampthang(Roots Rock)
  • P. Ann & the All Star(Motown/R&B/Line Dancing)

At 9pm, after the concert, the crowd will watch the famous Rozzi fireworks over the Ohio River. Attendees can bring a picnic dinner or purchase food at the Moerlein Lager House.  Special children's activities will include face painting, jugglers, balloon making and free ice cream.

Time to Register the Kids for Summer Camp - They're all Around Cincinnati

by The Cincinnati Team
Spring Break and Summer Day Camp deadlines are fast approaching! 
Do you love your dog?  Canine Camp will be perfect for you.  Camps will be held for four consecutive weeks, on Saturdays, in April at French Park and in August in Ault Park. You and your best friend will have guided hikes, with weekly giveaways, prizes and pet bonding activities.  Information will be given about the well-being of your dog, including doggy massage, dog safety, and training methods. An animal photographer will come to one class. $25 each session. Your Dog will thank you!
Examining Pompeii Spring Break Camp – March 26 – 30 Pompeii exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center
From the culture of Pompeii to the science behind volcanoes, the exciting Pompeii Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center will be the cornerstone of this camp.  Children 7-12 years old will investigate the science and history that makes Pompeii so interesting. Camp takes place each day from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with before and after care available. 
Speaking of 2012 Summer Day Camps - Time to Sign Up Now
Cincinnati Museum Center offers six weeks of themed camps that prevent summer brain drain for children ages 7 – 12 years old! Each week children will experience hands-on activities as they explore the museums and watch a film in the OMNIMAX® theater. Visit or call 513-287-7021 to sign up.  ($200 for Member child, $225 for non-Member child per week)
Cincinnati Parks have week long camp experiences around the city this summer as well. Camps are designed for ages 3-17, depending upon the park's location.  Campers will hike nature trails, explore creeks, make nature crafts, and play games.  These inexpensive camps fill up quickly, so make 
you reservation now at or call 513-321-6208, ext.11.
Cincinnati YMCA's all offer day camps, each "Y" setting up its own individual schedule.  You can go for one week or the whole summer. Each week has a different theme. Tuition is based upon whether you are a "Y" member or a community member. Registration starts March 10th.
Cincinnati Recreation Commission has programs for the entire summer at neighborhood recreation centers. Children ages 6-12 can find summer sunshine and smiles at a CRC summer day camp. Daily activities for campers include arts, athletics, swim lessons, field trips, outdoor time (weather permitting) and special events. Included is swim lessons and pool access daily. Registration forms are available here.


Mt. Airy Forest Added to National Register of Historic Places

by The Cincinnati Team

Mt Airy Forest added to National Register of Historic Places            

Mt. Airy Forest, and much of the Cincinnati Park System as a whole, has been documented to be historically significant. The recent placement of  Mt. Airy Forest on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service is a way of recognizing this importance...a fitting way to celebrate its 100th Annniversary!

The National Register is a prestigious list of the country’s most significant historic sites. Mt. Airy Forest is now officially recognized as nationally significant. Historic documentation of the entire Cincinnati Park system provided part of the context for the listing of Mt. Airy Forest, recognizing the historic significance of the Cincinnati Park system as a whole, setting the stage for future nominations of either individual sites within the park system, or multiple sites.

The documentation of Mt. Airy Forest found that the period of significance was 1911-1959, and that it is significant for numerous reasons, including that the park:

  •  Is the firMt. Airy Forestst, or one of the first, municipal reforestation projects in the nation
  •  Is known for its depression-era development under federal WPA and CWA programs
  • Is significant for its employment of African-American Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor that provided the manpower to build much of the park (and who were stationed in the park)
  •  Has landscape architecture significance through its association with noted early 20th Century designer, George Kessler and State Forester, Edmund Secrest
  •  Has architecture of the "rustic" design mode
  • Features remarkable quality craftsmanship of its buildings and its association with R. Carl Freund, the Cincinnati Park Board's most prolific architect and designer of 37 park buildings between 1930 and 1959.

Ault Park Celebrates 100 Years in the Cincinnati Parks

by The Cincinnati Team

Ault Park Celebrates its 100th Anniversary                      

Come to Ault Park's "Big Birthday Bash" on August 18, 2011.  The event is designed for everyone in conjunction with the Ault Park Advisory Council's third Summer Dance in the Pavilion.  There will be live music, birthday cake, centennial festivities and refreshments for sale.

The initial 142-acre tract for the park was gifted to the city in 1911 by Ida Mary and Levi Addison Ault.  Later other family members and donors contributed additional land.  The Italianate Pavilion where many events start was dedicated in 1930.  From the top of the Pavilion, you have a 360-degree view of the area...out over the Little Miami River and its marshes, over Lunken Area and all the way to UC.

Ault Park is known for its variety of areas for activities.   Go here for a site map. The formal gardens have areas for locals to plant their favorites...from a shade garden, to all bulbs, to perennials or lots of annual color. You can see lots of pictures of the gardens of the people who share their time and talents with us all and a map of the designated areas here. Great fun to walk through. Formal activities may include weddings or special events. 

Bike riders love it.  There are 6 races in May and June.  The circle around the Pavilion is wide and smooth with a gentle climb followed by a fast descent on each lap.  the roads are totally closed to traffic.  Each night there are both 20 K and 40 K races in each category.   There are even categories for women and Juniors.  There are both nightly and yearly prizes.  The competition is certified by USA Cyclery.

Nature lovers also enjoy the trails. Ideas to pursue include:

The 34th annual Concours d'Elegance was held in June.  This world class car exhibit benefits the Arthritis Foundation and Children with Juvenile Arthritis.  Yearly, they accept approximately 200 cars for display and to compete for prizes in Classic, Vintage and Exotic categories.

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Council sponsored the Fourth of July celebration.  It did it all, from a parade to food to music and culminated with celebratory fireworks.

The yearly Reggae Run is held in October each year.  October 1, 2011 at 6 pm is the official start time this year.  This is one of the largest runs in the area, attracting over 8,000 runners last year.  It follows a course that takes it around the park and down to Delta Avenue and back up Observatory to the finish line. After the race, the PARTY starts, featuring the Ark Band, a local Reggae favorite. Proceeds from the run and party go to the Make a Wish Foundation.  Over the years, the race has raised nearly a million dollars for charity.

Culminating the monthly Summer Dances will be the Big Band and Bigger Beer party.  It will be held on Thursday, September 1 from 6:30-10:30 pm.

The final event of the Centennial Anniversary is the themed Masked Gala on Saturday, October 22 in the Pavilion.  This event will have an admission charge for dinner, dancing and ceremonies.

If nothing else, look through the list of 100 Activities to do in Ault Park.  while some ate unique to the Park, many can be done in any of our wonderful parks around the Southwest Ohio area.

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