A Day at the Park
Apr 23, 2012 - 01:46 PM
Cincinnati comes second behind Paris in the amount of parks held within a city. Many of us either take the parks for granted or have no idea what phenomenal utilities are offered at our fingertips. If spending a spring afternoon walking through one of the variety of park lands within in minutes of our homes, has not been an activity for you in the past couple of weeks, I suggest its addition to your "to do" list.
The largest protector of the parks is the Cincinnati Parks which oversees five regional and 70 neighborhood parks and 34 nature preserves. The Cincinnati Parks oversee 10% of city land which includes The mission of the Cincinnati Parks is to conserve, manage, sustain, and enhance parks' natural and cultural resources and public green space for enjoyment, enlightenment, and enrichment of the Cincinnati community. The nonprofit fulfills its mission in overseeing over 10% of city land such as a conservatory, nature centers, an arboretum, and over 1,000 miles of Cincinnati's tree-lined streets.
Venturing on the website of the Cincinnati Parks, one is able to navigate to the specific services the Cincinnati Parks provides, based on one's interest. The parks are separated by geographic area: west, central, and east. The parks provide glorious serene landscapes perfect for hikes and trails or simply an afternoon of relaxation. The park provides educational opportunities for all ages embracing interactive learning in a natural setting. One of the main attractions of the Cincinnati Parks is the Krohn Conservatory, located in Eden Park. The conservatory takes you from a rain forest to a desert and is well-known for its spring celebration, The Butterfly Show. Beyond the natural element, the Cincinnati Parks have the largest collection of art work (sculptures, monuments, buildings,etc) than any other region in the Midwest.
The Cincinnati Parks Foundation was founded in 1995 to build broad-based private/public partnerships supporting the conservation and enhancement of the city's parks and green spaces. Funds for the foundation are generated through advocacy, education, and fundraising. The most recent project of the foundation is the Smale Riverfront Park, Cincinnati's "front yard", which will incorporate a variety of recreational and leisure activities suitable for all generations. By giving to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation you can help the board continue to "provide beautiful, tranquil places where families can exercise and relax, children can play, and the splendor of nature can sooth and nurture our souls as individuals and a community". As we utilize our vast resources throughout the next few months, be sure to express your gratitude to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation as it ensures protection of the beautiful spaces already endowed and strives to develop further projects to beautify the Cincinnati area.
Cincinnati Parks Foundation
950 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202