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.
An electric train chugs past whimsical landscapes and coastal lighthouses made of twigs, leaves and nuts. The fantasy installation includes national landmarks along with a replica of the Coney Island Ohio River shoreline entrance to the Cincinnati landmark, no doubt a nod to the creator’s Tri-State roots.
In a U.S. Botanic Garden display that pays homage to historic lighthouses, Paul Busse, Northern Kentucky artist, forager and creator of Applied Imagination, continues to add his personal creative vision to the holidays in the nation’s capital.
The Krohn Conservatory's annual holiday show opens Saturday, Nov. 15 with Cincinnati landmarks rendered in wood and other organic material. The Magic and Mistletoe display also features model trains, flowers, and animated figures and other Christmas artifacts from the Schmalz Family collection.
The City of Cincinnati will install mile markers on four paved hiking-biking trails, so if you need assistance you can get it more quickly. The Otto Armleder Park Trail and Connector Trail, the Lunken Airport Trail, and the Ohio River Trail will all have numbered markers posted every tenth of a mile, much like on Interstate highways.
Cincinnati park officials are laying out some drastic changes you could expect this summer if proposed budget cuts are approved by City Council. Fountains could be turned off, lakes could be drained and flower beds could go unplanted.
Ault Park's Facebook page lists more closings that could be considered including the Mt. Airy Dog Park and Disc Golf course, a handful of entire parks, and all park restrooms.
Here's a letter being circulated by one park advocacy group: