Tom Jones Commons Opening July 23

You’re invited to the grand opening of Tom Jones Commons at 10a.m. on July 23, 2021! There will be a brief ceremony to officially cut the ribbon on the newest attraction in Eden Park, followed by a celebration. Thanks to a generous donation from Tom Jones, the field in Eden Park near the historic water reservoir has been transformed with a variety of exciting features.

The Cincinnati Park Board has outlined two phases of completion for the Tom Jones Commons.

Phase One- A (Current Phase):

  • Wetlands and an accessible boardwalk
  • Accessible walkways to wetlands area
  • Landscaping of entire area
  • A picnic shelter
  • Connection to Mirror Lake
  • Natural play area
  • A welcome kiosk with histories of the park and its attractions
  • Seating


Tom Jones was a long-time resident of Mount Adams who took regular walks through Eden Park. Over the years, he got to know many of the park employees working there. In particular, Tom grew close with then park manager, Casey McCann. “I really got to know all of [the Eden Park staff]. It was the friendly waves, the friendly greetings that really made Eden Park special to me. I felt like part of the family… I became part of the park, thanks to those people,” Tom said. These special relationships and his fondness for Eden Park inspired Tom to give back to his neighborhood “backyard.”

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.