Parks & Recreation Newsletter November 2016

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For additional information or any of the events or programs below, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at or 859.292.2151.

Upcoming Parks & Recreation Department Events

Licking River Greenway Trail Ribbon Cutting

Join us on Monday, November 14 at 3 p.m. for the Licking River Greenway (LRG) Trail ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting celebrates the reopening of the LRG Trail located along the top of the levee at 21st Street. This section of the trail had been closed due to a landslide that occurred last year, but is now reopen for use.

To learn more about this free event, click here.

Latonia Tree Lighting

Make sure to come out Sunday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. for the annual Latonia Tree Lighting! Located at the Korean War Memorial at Ritte’s Corner, the event includes caroling, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa.

MainStrasse Village Tree Lighting

Don’t miss the MainStrasse Village Tree Lighting event on Friday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.! This event takes place at the Sixth Street Promenade and features hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa!

Parks & Recreation Department Information & Updates

2016 Parks, Recreation & Open Space Inventory Assessment

The 2016 Parks, Recreation & Open Space Inventory Assessment serves as a research and index document intended to guide and prioritize improvements and investments for facilities owned and maintained by the City.

Additionally, it is designed to help City staff make important future decisions regarding parks and recreation. The 2016 Parks, Recreation & Open Space Inventory Assessment document can be viewed by clicking here.

Park Potential Index

We want your input! Included within the 2016 Parks, Recreation & Open Space Inventory Assessment is the Park Potential Index tool. This tool is used to develop a schedule for park improvements based on the park’s index rating. Specific questions include the potential strength of existing partnerships in the neighborhood and alignment with existing projects in the area. [i.e. development, community-led].

Please review the Park Potential Index tool and provide your feedback by clicking here. The deadline to submit feedback has been extended to December 31.

Please join us in welcoming our new Recreation Program Coordinator, Erin Smiley.

Erin has a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, prior to Erin’s employment with the City of Covington, she was employed as a Health Educator. Erin has years of organizational and facilitation experience, as well as expertise in community coalition building, program development and strategic planning. Erin enjoys spending her free time outdoors being part of the Cincinnati Rollergirls.

Welcome to our team, Erin!

Spotlight Park – Father Hanses Park Phase 1 Implementation

Located at the corner of 11th Street and Hermes Street, Father Hanses park is getting a redo! Be on the look-out for new improvements and amenities taking place this November as Phase 1 of a two part improvement plan begins. Phase 1 improvements include new signage, benches, playground equipment and more!