Cincinnati Parks

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Cincinnati Parks wants to ask voters in November for a 1 mill tax levy to fund capital improvements and operating costs.

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Cincinnati Parks has opened another section of the Smale Riverfront Park.  New sets of porch swings have been installed to the west of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.  Parks Board President Otto Budig Junior says the swings both tie people to the rest of the park, and separate them.

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Cincinnati’s Park system is getting more national recognition in “The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore” index released Wednesday.

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Cincinnati Parks has plans to make the region look good for the All-Star Game in July.  Parks director Willie Carden says the park district will increase the number of flowers around Great American Ball Park, including in the planters above Fort Washington Way. There will also be a floral display in Smale Riverfront Park arranged to look like the All-Star logo.

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Cincinnati Parks will open the newest section of Smale Riverfront Park this Saturday.  Eight more features will open by July.  Parks director Willie Carden says normally all the extra upkeep would strain his department's budget, but the department is trying to make the park self-sustaining.

Willie Carden, director of Cincinnati Parks, talks about some of the exciting new features at downtown’s Smale Riverfront Park and when they’ll open for the season with our Barbara Gray.

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Two Cincinnati council members say they have a funding plan to renovate a Mt. Auburn park and improve pedestrian access along Auburn Avenue.  

Charlie Winburn and Chris Seelbach introduced a motion Monday to invest $9 million during the next two years for the projects.  

Seelbach said the city's investment will bring an additional $100 million in private investment nearby.

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The number of porch swings at Smale Riverfront Park is about to increase. 

The first set were opened in 2013, financed by a $250,000 donation from Dianne and J. David Rosenberg.  And the couple has made another, larger, gift for another set of swings.

According to Cincinnati Parks’ spokesperson Manda Hurdelbrink, the Rosenberg’s donated $750,000 for 13 more family-sized swings to be built on the west side of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and south of Mehring Way.  The swings will be part of the Great Lawn, which is still under construction.

This summer will bring the opening of Carol Ann’s Carousel, one of many new attractions at Cincinnati’s Smale Riverfront Park. Steven Schuckman from the City of Cincinnati’s park department talks about the locally designed ride with Barbara Gray.

It’'s the time of year most of us prefer to stay inside and stay warm. But it’'s a great time to bundle-up, head outdoors, and enjoy all that nature has to offer. And our area'’s many first-class parks and nature preserves are the perfect places to do just that. Here to talk about the many winter programs offered by our park systems are Kimberly Whitton, Marketing and Communication coordinator for Great Parks of Hamilton County, and  Jennifer Harten with the Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature program.

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