City of Cincinnati Parks’Ault Park
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With nearly 224 acres in Cincinnati’s Mount Lookout neighborhood, Ault Park is the fourth-largest park in the city. It was named in honor of Ida May Ault and her husband Levi Addison Ault, who donated the initial 204 acres to the city in 1911. The park’s formal flower garden was originally designed by George Kessler and later modified by A. D. Taylor, both nationally recognized landscape architects. In addition to the wide variety of attractions it has to offer, Ault Park boasts a signature pavilion that is a popular venue for weddings, parties and dances.
As part of the Ohio River watershed, Ault Park plays an important role in protecting the water quality of the Ohio River, which is a conservation focus for The Nature Conservancy. Working with state and federal agencies like the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Conservancy is working to improve habitat for mussel populations and native fish species like sturgeon and paddlefish along nearly 1,000 miles of river.
Why It Matters
The character of Ault Park’s landscape and the management of the park reflect a balance of uses and interests appropriate to its setting, while sustaining, conserving and enhancing its natural and cultural resources that increases the quality of life for local residents.
Additionally, the park’s variety of mixed deciduous forested areas—represented by oak, tulip, maple, beech, blue ash and sycamore trees—help to buffer and nourish tributaries of the Ohio River, an important recreation, energy, transportation and drinking water resource for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans.
Natural Treasures Landmark
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Fun Things to Do and See
While on the hunt for the landmark, enjoy the abundant adventures this Ohio treasure has to offer. The thrill of nature can be experienced at any level!
- Settle on a park bench with a good read for a relaxing afternoon. Keep an eye out for birds such as mallards, bald eagles, wild turkeys and warbling birds.
- Prop up an easel among the butterflies and attempt your best artistic rendering of the picturesque scenery.
- Put on your dancing shoes and tap your toes to live music occurring monthly at the free summer dance series.
- Wander the two-thirds-mile Tree Trail and observe the wide variety of oak and hickory the park has to offer. Note that the species are identified by labels located on the trunks.
- Take a stroll through the formal gardens. How many varieties of dahlia are in the garden? Share your favorites on our Facebook page!
- Strap on your helmet and explore the park’s vast display of foliage by way of pedal as you circle the surrounding Observatory Avenue.
- Hike the mile-long combination of Valley and Ridge Trails. Tell us if you can spot the evidence of Cincinnati’s glacial past in the form of embedded conglomerate along the trails.