Cincinnati Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is the official philanthropic partner of Cincinnati Parks. Incorporated in 1995, the Foundation grew out of a legacy of park advocates that began over a century ago. We carry on the work of ordinary citizens taking action to establish and protect Cincinnati’s parks. We enrich Cincinnati’s top-rated urban parks and programs through the support of private citizens, park lovers, stewards of nature, and conservationists.
Our mission is to build broad-based private/public partnerships that support the conservation and enhancement of our city’s parks and greenspaces through education, advocacy, and fundraising.
From annual concerts to year-round wellness programs, YOUR support is getting neighbors of all abilities active outdoors!
YOUR support makes an impact. Across all 52 neighborhoods around the city, Cincinnati Parks are some of our city's most precious resources, offering crucial places for recreation, restoration, and respite. These shared greenspaces continue to blossom because of the critical support they receive from incredible community members like YOU!
In 2021, we held more than 200 free events & classes brought designed and programmed by the community including continuing our award-winning be.well series of free programs for children with disabilities in partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital and hiking over 12 groups through 6 parks with Luke5's adaptive hiking program to get #EverybodyinCincyParks. Our conservation efforts planted more than 1,700 trees and launched our obLITTERators litter removal volunteer program. And we were able to focus on enhancements in parks with a new playground in Inwood, restoring hiking trails in Kennedy Heights with a new boardwalk, and honoring the life and legacy of Ezzard Charles project with a new monument and renaming of Laurel Park to Ezzard Charles park in the West End.
We have several exciting projects planned for 2023 that will continue to improve and program your neighborhood parks. Join us in supporting these projects and watch our parks--and our city--thrive.
Support the Cincinnati Parks Foundation's Project to Create the Mt. Airy Mountain Biking Skills Course
Donations through Cincinnati Gives will support one of our exciting initiatives in 2023--the new Mt. Airy mountain biking skills course. The Cincinnati Parks Foundation has partnered with Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA) to develop a new mountain biking skills course that will nearly double the existing mileage of mountain biking trails within Mt. Airy Forest, making use of an underutilized portion of this part. Additionally, this project will be the first beginner natural surface trail experience within the city. Our fundraising is not only to build the new mountain biking skills course, but to program it as well, ensuring an outdoor experience that is acessible to diverse ages and skill levels, introducing mountain biking to underserved communities.
Support the Cincinnati Parks Foundation in our mission to improve and program Cincinnati's neighborhood parks and your investment will be well utilized--90% of all resources raised go directly into improving and sustaining the neighborhood parks you love.