MLK Day of Service
Start the new year with a commitment to serve! Monday, January 20, times listed by location
For years, MLK Day has been referred to as "A day on, not a day off." If you are inspired to make a difference in your community, we will have opportunities to get out and serve!
Cincinnati Parks will have several service sites in community parks. Help us maintain safe, clean & beautiful parks for communities throughout the city, look for the location closest to your neighborhood.
"Yet, in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers."
- MLK, Nobel Lecture, Oslo 12/1/1964
Check out the locations in Cincinnati Parks where you can participate - and bring the family! Bring your friends! *Each volunteer must register separately, please share!*
Project Locations and Overview
MLK Park, Avondale - Park Beautification and Maintenance Project, 9AM - 12PMVolunteers will load mulch into wheelbarrows and spread at playgrounds, picnic areas and tree rings. This is beneficial for the maintenance and beautification of the park. Mulch on playgrounds keep the area safe for children, keep picnic areas looking nice, and help provide protection to trees by holding moisture in the soil and as a barrier to root systems. Task may also include litter pick up, honeysuckle removal and brush clearing.
Inwood Park, Mt. Auburn - Invasive Species Removal, 9AM - 12PMVolunteers will work with Parks staff in an ongoing effort to improve the overall safety and natural environment of the park by removing trash and invasive plant species in select areas of the park. Work will include removal of honeysuckle and kudzu vine with loppers and handsaws, dragging brush and using litter sticks for litter removal.
Washington Park, OTR - Tree Planting, 9AM - 12PM Volunteers will work with Parks Staff to plant Red Bed trees. Work will include digging holes with spade shovels (hopefully NOT frozen ground), placing trees and mulching tree rings.
California Woods, Anderson area - Invasive Species Removal, 1PM - 5PM Volunteers will work with Parks Naturalist to restore native forest for wild flower restoration. Work will include removal of honeysuckle and Japanese Chaff Flower with loppers and handsaws, piling brush and possibly mulching trails.
Cincinnati Parks is committed to providing a quality experience at all parks and facilities by providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities upon request, call 513-357-2604.