Lighting Up Cincinnati Parks with BLINK 

Attendees Experienced Cincinnati Parks in a Whole New Way.

Cincinnati Parks were the backdrop for three installations supported by The Cincinnati Parks Foundation as part of the four-day light and art event, which returned to Cincinnati in October. 

Housed within the Gardner Family Grove & Rose Garden at Smale Riverfront Park, an installation entitled “Breonna’s Garden,” by artist Lady PheOnix provided a moment of pause for deep reflection, honoring the life of Breonna Taylor while taking visitors through a virtual garden experience within the gardens of Smale Riverfront Park. 

The second and third installations sites were along the riverfront, at Sawyer Point and the Schmidlapp Lawn outside the Moerlein Lager House at Smale Riverfront Park. 

The Cincinnati Parks Foundation is partnering with local park supporter, Morgan Rigaud who is leading a resurgence of community skating at the rink at Sawyer Point. Hundreds of participants have gathered monthly through the free Sunset Skate Series Rigaud created this Spring. During BLINK weekend, volunteers came together with CPF and Cincinnati Parks to host Skatefest Cincy all four days of the festival. Program partners included Black Harvest, Local Illuminations, Artswave, and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission

CPF has also teamed up with Greg Hardman at Moerlein Lager House, Kelly Kolar and her team from Kolar Design, and the team at Cincinnati Parks to curate an “Enchanted Forest” experience along the Schmidlapp Lawn at Smale Riverfront Park. The installation hosted world-class DJs from the events stage. 

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