Cincinnati Family Magazine

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May 29, 2024

You Can Make Summer Just Right

Your favorite places are slowly reopening with safe guidelines in place. Pack a picnic and get out there to enjoy sunshine and nature.

Head to the Park!

Playgrounds and parks are reopening, keep your kids’ safety first: Go prepared with a mask on-hand and plenty of hand sanitizer.


Montgomery Park |
Includes Dulle Park, 10530 Deerfield Road; Johnson Nature Preserve, 108400 Deerfield Road, Montgomery Park, corner of Montgomery Road and Schoolhouse Lane and more.

Anderson Park District |
Beech Acres Park, Anderson Parks RecPlex, Clear Creek Park, W. M. Johnson Hills Park and more.

Great Parks of Hamilton County |
Closed daily until 9 a.m. for cleaning; go to for updates. Parks open include: Winton Woods Harbor, Sharon Woods Harbor, Miami Whitewater Forest Harbor, Miami Whitewater Forest Campground, Lake Isabella and more.

Washington Park | | 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati, Oh
Porch is open seven days a week for table service only; the park is open to the public.

Cincinnati Parks |
Parks open include disc golf courses in Mt. Airy and Burnet Woods; Yeatman’s Cove/Sawyer Point spray grounds; City of Cincinnati playgrounds including Washington and Ziegler; and sporting courts including tennis, volleyball and basketball. Visit for information.


Boone County Parks |
Boone County Parks restroom buildings, playgrounds and Dinsmore Woods Nature Preserve are reopened! Check their Facebook page at for updates.

Fort Thomas Parks |
Reservations: 859-781-1700; Tennis and pickleball courts open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; shelters open for groups of 30 or less. Armory gym open for reservations 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Dog Park and all parks open, excluding playgrounds.


Public firework displays are few, but you can still enjoy some fireworks safely.

Fairfield Red, White & Kaboom |
July 3; fireworks at 10 p.m. No large gatherings; a “higher” show, making it easier to see from all around.

Harrison Fourth of July Fireworks | Community Center, 300 George St., Harrison, Oh
July 4; fireworks begin at sunset from the grounds. Social distancing guidelines in place; enjoy the display from area parking lots; no extra entertainment this year.

Montgomery Fireworks | 7400 Cornell Road;
July 4; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Independence Day Parade at Sycamore High School’s parking lots (7400 Cornell Road). Drive through to see parade displays and characters.

Run4Home 5K and Kids Fun Run |
July 4; wear patriotic gear for this virtual fun run supporting homeless families staying at the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County. Preregister on the website.

BB Riverboats Admiral’s Dinner Cruise |
July 3 and 4; cruise the river and dine. (Note: Coney Island’s LaRosa’s Balloon Glow is canceled this year).


Many pools are open for business with CDC guidelines in place.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission Summer Pools |
Open weekdays from 12 to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check website for information and hours.

Dempsey | 933 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, Oh | 513-921-6338
Handicap accessible. Deep-water pool with diving board and shallow wading pool.

Dunham: Otto Armleder Regional Aquatic Center | 4356 Dunham Lane, Cincinnati, Oh | 513-251-0150
Handicap accessible; free parking; picnic area, slide, shallow pool and more.

Evanston | 3204 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, Oh | 513-221-5150
Handicap accessible; free parking, shallow pool, wading pool, water slide and more.

Hirsch Otto Armleder Memorial Family Aquatic Center | 3630 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Oh | 513-751-0601
Newest aquatic facility offering water spray features, water slides and more.

McKie | 1655 Chase Ave., Cincinnati, Oh; 513-681-7669
Deep-water pool with diving board, shallow wading pool and more.

Oakley | 3900 Paxton Ave., Cincinnati, Oh | 513-631-4264
Handicap accessible; deep-water pool with diving board and shallow wading pool and more.

Pleasant Ridge Aquatic Center | 5915 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati, Oh | 513-731-7894
Handicap accessible; zero-depth entry stainless steel wading pool plus a new spray ground and more.

More Pools …

Ziegler Pool | 1322 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, Oh |
A single, connected pool with three varying depths plus a zero-depth walk-in zone with spray and bubble features. Handicap accessible entry ramp and more.

Clippard Family YMCA | 8920 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, Oh | 513-923-4466 |
Reservations required by setting up a YMCA MotionVibe account; download app and make your reservations. Learn more online.

Cincinnati Sports Club (Adult-Only Outdoor Pool) | 3950 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, Oh | 513-527-4000
Features a poolside bar and café, lounge pool with steps, hot and cool tubs and more. The surrounding deck accommodates up to 250 lounge chairs, tables and bar seating. Capacity is temporarily limited to 150. Reservations required.

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.