Cincinnati Parks Foundation receives $350,000 gift to Eden Park – Tom Jones Commons
Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Parks Foundation is delighted to announce they have received a $350,000 gift for development of the lower reservoir area at Eden Park. The donor is Tom Jones, a longtime resident of Mt. Adams who is currently living in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
For the last two years, Tom has worked with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and Cincinnati Park Board on selecting a spot within Eden Park where his gift could be impactful. Development of the lower reservoir area was a project identified in the 2007 Cincinnati Parks Master Plan. The project called for a walking loop, trees and connectivity from the lower reservoir area to Seasongood Pavilion and Mirror Lake. Tom’s gift will provide for the initial plan and much more.
The overall concept is to create a walking loop around the perimeter of the field. The new walkway will link to an existing pedestrian connection to Seasongood Pavilion and beyond that to the Art Museum and to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The site will include benches, picnic tables and groves of trees that will be placed along the walkway. Additional features will include a play environment, gardens, a welcome kiosk and possibly an orchard. The rich history of the reservoir will also now be interpreted with informative signs. Tom’s transformational gift not only completes a project off the 2007 Master Plan, the donation will support maintenance of the Commons area. The Cincinnati Park Board will manage the project and the first phase is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
Tom Jones spent his career as an attorney for Procter & Gamble’s legal division. In Cincinnati his generosity extends to Cincinnati Parks and the Cincinnati Public Library. “Parks and libraries are free and accessible to all, which is why I have chosen to give a gift that the entire community can enjoy for years to come”, shared Tom Jones.
In addition to significant gifts to Cincinnati Parks and the Cincinnati Public Library, Tom’s generosity spreads throughout the region to Highlands High School and Campbell County Library in Ft. Thomas where he was born and raised.