Cincinnati Parks

Cincinnati budget
3:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Cincinnati park supporters outlining possible cuts

If the Cincinnati Parks' budget is cut, all park fountains - like these at the newly opened Smale Riverfront Park - could run dry this summer, according to park advocates.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

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:

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Duke Energy Garden
1:43 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Cincinnati dedicates new garden at Smale Riverfront Park

The Duke Energy Garden is the newest addition to Smale Riverfront Park.
Mark Heyne WVXU News

Not only does the  Duke Energy Garden offer lush gardens, large trees, walking paths and granite seat walls, it has a great view of the Ohio River and Kentucky shoreline, which you can enjoy from family-sized porch swings.  Dianne and David Rosenberg gave $250,000 to the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and Cincinnati Park Board to provide significant funding for the swings.

The new garden is located adjacent to, and east of, the park's Main Street Fountain and Plaza.

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Urban forestry
4:13 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Cincinnati tree fee will remain the same

City website

Cincinnati homeowners pay a fee to the city to take care of trees on public rights of way.  And for 2014 that rate of 18 cents per foot will remain unchanged.  

The full Cincinnati Council will likely approve the measure Wednesday.  

Officials said two years ago residents who live along public rights of way in the city pay about $9 a year to the city to maintain trees along the streets.

Parks Director Willie Carden helps to oversee the program.

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