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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Multi-Media Support Team 1
Tree Catalog Project 0

CPAC's - Cincinnati Parks Advisory Councils

CPAC Mission: To build and maintain public support for Cincinnati Parks by providing feedback to the Cincinnati Park Board and exchanging and sharing information and providing mutual support between park advisory councils.

 

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CUF Area Parks 1

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES SUMMER 2020

Due to staffing losses our park maintenance has not been to the level we have come to expect. The returning staff are working hard to get mowing and other park maintenance activities back on schedule creating some volunteer tasks we are hoping you or your organization can help with.
 
We need all hands on deck. Opportunities will look different than what our volunteer may be used to. As always, we are prioritizing safety for volunteers, staff & community.
 
Mindful of the Governor and CDC guidelines, we are identifying small group or individual projects that can be done safely and will most assist our maintenance staff.    
  • Projects will be limited 9 volunteers at a time
  • Individual opportunities for vols to work independently in small numbers or solo
  • Activities will be focused primarily on tasks that will benefit staffs workload with least impact on the schedule
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Ault Park - Cherry Tree Care and Maintenance 1 4/1/2020 11/30/2020
Bowdle Park - Mulching Tree Rings, Picnic & Playset Areas 1 8/29/2020 8/29/2020
Dunore Park - Mulching Tree Rings, Picnic & Playset Areas 1 9/5/2020 9/5/2020
East Region Parks - Clean Ups! 5 8/22/2020 10/17/2020
Horticulture Assistance IN YOUR PARK 1
Litter Pick Up In YOUR Park 1
Mask Makers 1
Photgraphy, Videography & Editing 1
Valley Park - Mulching Tree Rings, Picnic & Playset Areas 1 8/22/2020 8/22/2020
Virtual Administrative Support 1

Krohn Conservatory

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Krohn Conservatory Grounds Assistance 0
Krohn Conservatory Horticulture Help 0
Krohn Conservatory Outreach Capstone 1
Public Lands Day Milkweed Planting Event 1

National Public Lands Day

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Ault Park - Habitat Restoration & Trail Clearance 1 9/26/2020 9/26/2020

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 christyl.johnson-roberts@cincinnati-oh.gov, 513.479.8916

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New Volunteer Orientation 5 8/18/2020 12/15/2020

Trails

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Trail Maintenance 1

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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Alms Park Fall Invasive Control Series 3 9/26/2020 11/14/2020
Arborist - Tree Maintenance 1
Badgley Run Trail Improvement Project 2 9/19/2020 10/17/2020
Litter Pick Up in Twin Lakes 138 8/16/2020 12/31/2020
Mt. Storm Gardeners 1
Olden View Garden Helpers 1
Riverfront Clean Up and Horticulture Assistance ONGOING 0
Smale Gardening Group 11 8/18/2020 10/27/2020

Youth

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EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS 1

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