CINCINNATI, Ohio – In our quest to celebrate the people and places of Ohio, today we celebrate Cincinnati Parks.
The city's park system is consistently ranked among the best in the nation.
According to website WalletHub, the park system is ranked seventh throughout the county and according to the Trust for Public Land, the parks are ranked eighth. We visited Eden Park and spoke with the director of the Cincinnati Park Board to see if we can determine why Cincinnati's parks are some of the finest in the nation.
"It's amazing the amount of park space we have for the citizens. It's actually 10 percent of the city's land mass is park property," Park Director Wade Walcutt said.
According to the Trust for Public Land analysis, Cincinnati scored points for the amount of land that's dedicated for parks.
"More than 70 percent of the people that live in Cincinnati live in a 10-minute walk or less to greenspace. That's huge," Walcutt said.
Considered an expert by WalletHub, Andrew Mowen was asked to provide insight into how cities can improve their park systems.
Mowen teaches recreation, park, and tourism management at Penn State University.
"It's not costly to do recreation in Cincinnati, but on the other side of the equation, there is very good walking access in Cincinnati. There's a lot of amenities, recreation amenities, recreation facilities within parks and in the areas," Mowen said.
At Eden Park, you can find bicycle rentals, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Krohn Conservatory.
"I grew up on the West-side, so there are a ton of parks that are accessible over there too. It's pretty nice, having everything to walk to. It makes it a very family friendly city," local resident Kati Sliter said.
There are close to 50 parks throughout Cincinnati.
Enjoy the summer and if you're in the Cincinnati area, get out and enjoy your world-class park system.