Cincinnati Parks

Our Parks depend on support from those who use and love them. Your contribution of time is one way to help Cincinnati Parks maintain our status as one of the top urban park systems in the country. From working out in the parks with dirty hands to engaging the community for special events to administrative tasks – there are opportunities for everyone. We have one-time and ongoing opportunities available to provide you with a rewarding and satisfying volunteer experience.

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Administrative, Creative & Special Interest Projects

Cincinnati Parks welcome the help and talents of a wide variety. The gifts of many talented, pragmatic, devoted volunteers enhance our parks and programming in invaluble ways.

If you have a knack for crafting, building, photography, creative writing, data entry, crunching numbers, organizing, scheduling, sewing, acting, playing, technology, or anything you'd like to share - please check out what these interesting or unusual ways volunteers help us! If you see something missing - contact our Volunteer Coordinator. 


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Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) 1 4/20/2020 11/20/2020
Tree Catalog Project 0
Virtual Administrative Support 1

Krohn Conservatory

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Door Guard 20 5/16/2020 6/1/2020
Early Morning Door Guard 1 6/13/2020 6/13/2020
Evening Door Guard (Photography Nights) 1 5/18/2020 5/18/2020

Orientation and Training Workshops for Volunteers

Orientations for new volunteers and special trainings and workshops facilitated by Parks Staff offered to volunteers currently serving in Parks. 

  • Training/workshops may include tool use and safety training, growing practices, design concepts
  • Informative presentations regarding Cincinnati Park Board history and current land use, among other topics

Monthly orientations held for volunteers seeking more information about the opportunities to support Cincinnati Parks. 

  • The orientation will include a brief presentation about Parks, how we serve, who we serve, and the expectations of being a representative for Cincinnati Parks. 
  • Parks Staff will sometimes present information on their role and how volunteers have helped them. 
  • Details about specific opportunities offered in Parks 

For more information, please contact, 513.479.8916

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New Volunteer Orientation 7 6/16/2020 12/15/2020

Working Out In Parks

Activities such as invasive plant removal, park beautification, and conservation are among many of the different projects we will have listed here. If you have a favorite park in which is not listed below, please reach out to us! We would love to coordinate involvement in your neighborhood.

CENTRALLY LOCATED: Eden Park, Washington Park, Piatt, Inwood, Bellevue, Lytle, Fairview, Hauck Botanic Garden

ON THE RIVERFRONT:  Smale, Sawyer Point & Bicentennial Commons, Yaetmans Cove, Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park

ON THE EAST SIDE: Ault, French, Fleischmann Garden, Alms, Stanbery, Drake, Kennedy Heights, Owl's Nest, Hyde Park Square, Geier Esplanade.

ON THE WEST SIDE: Mt. Airy, Mt. Echo, Rapid Run, Mt. Storm, Burnet Woods, Hofner Park, Inwood Park 

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Green Up Day - Caldwell Nature Preserve 1 5/2/2020 5/2/2020
Ault Park - Cherry Tree Care and Maintenance 1 4/1/2020 11/30/2020
Ault Park - Clean Up and Horticultural Assistance 196 4/2/2020 12/31/2020
Badgley Run Trail Improvement Project 7 4/25/2020 10/17/2020
Fairview Park Green Up Day 1 4/4/2020 4/4/2020
Green Up Day - Bellevue Park 1 4/4/2020 4/4/2020
Green Up Day - California Woods Nature Preserve 1 4/25/2020 4/25/2020
Green Up Day - Hauck Botanic Garden 1 4/4/2020 4/4/2020
Green Up Days - Alms Park 2 4/25/2020 5/23/2020
Inwood Park Green Up Day 1 4/4/2020 4/4/2020
Mt. Storm Gardeners 1
Riverfront Clean Up and Horticulture Assistance ONGOING 0
Smale Gardening Group 30 4/7/2020 10/27/2020
Trail Maintenance 1
Trail Maintenance - Equestrian 1
Walnut Woods "Treeforestation" Project 3 4/18/2020 6/20/2020


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NEW CIT SIGN UP - Counselor In Training Teen Service Program 1 5/11/2020 8/7/2020
RETURNING CIT - Councelor In Training Teen Service Program 1 5/11/2020 8/7/2020

Mission Statement

"To conserve, manage, sustain and enhance parks' natural and cultural resources and public green spaces for the enjoyment, enlightenment and enrichment of the Cincinnati community."

The mission of the Cincinnati Board of Park Commissioners is “to conserve, manage, sustain, and enhance parks’ natural and cultural resources and public greenspace for the enjoyment, enlightenment and enrichment of the Cincinnati community.“ Our vision is to serve as a leader in using Cincinnati parks to build better lives and better communities. The Park Board’s guiding principles are for the parks to be clean, safe, reliable, green, beautiful and enriching.

Cincinnati Parks C.A.R.E.S

Creating Economic Impacts

Advancing Conservation

Rejuvenating Health and Wellness

Enhancing Quality of Life

Sustaining Social Equity