Refreshing the Park Board: Part 2

  • May 16, 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • Online - Zoom

Organization: Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati


About this event:

This program is a follow-up to our forum, “The Cincinnati Park Board: Time for a Refresh?” held on February 24. The first program presented the history of the Park Board, which has operated as an independent commission for 115 years, and recent concerns about how it functions. Aside from several abrupt changes in personnel, there have been proposals for development in parks that have met with strong community opposition.

These issues raise questions about the structure, function and priorities of the five-member Park Board. Why and how does the mayor determine who should serve on the Park Board? How much authority should lay board members have over professional parks employees? What accountability should the Park Board have to the public it serves? Finally, what would be the ideal administrative system for the management of Cincinnati parks?

To answer these questions, Preserve Burnet Woods, a non-profit organization founded in 2018 to protect and promote the nearly 90-acre Burnet Woods, commissioned a report entitled “Cincinnati’s Park Board: A History” with funding from the Stephen H. Wilder Foundation. This report was the basis for WCC’s program, which was moderated by Dr. David Stradling, Zane L. Miller Professor of History, University of Cincinnati, and presented Dr. Alyssa McClanahan, author of the report; with Frank Russell, Director of the UC Community Design Center and the Niehoff Urban Studio and former Park Board member, and Steve Schuckman, retired director of planning, design and construction for the Cincinnati Park Board, as respondents.

Part 2 will provide an opportunity for participants to consider recommendations for refreshing the Park Board. Presented on Zoom, the program is free.

Registration can be found here.

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